Scary Movies Based on True Events

'Open Water' (2003)

Tom and Eileen Lonergan's account of being abandoned in the water by their scuba diving group is the basis of Open Water.

'The Exorcism of Emily Rose'

Emily Rose's story is partially inspired on Anneliese Michel, a young German woman who died from hunger and dehydration after an exorcism.

'Black Water' (2007)

During a crocodile assault in Northern Australia's mangroves, a family holiday turns into a Black Water survival story. 

'Borderland' (2007)

Rider Strong and Sean Astin feature in Borderland, about three friends who travel to Mexico to celebrate their college graduation and discover a human sacrifice cult.


'Stuck' (2007)

After performing a hit-and-run that lodges the victim in the windshield, a young nursing assistant called Brandi (Mena Suvari) tries to figure out her next move.

'The Haunting in Connecticut'

In 1986, the Snedeker family rented a former morgue in Connecticut. The residence was demonized by Ed and Lorraine Warren.

'The Rite' (2011)

In The Rite: The Creation of a Modern Exorcist, journalist Matt Baglio wrote about Thomas' journey. The picture was supervised by Thomas.

'The Possession' (2012)

The Possession began with an eBay listing for a "dybbuk box" and a horror story by its owner, Kevin Mannis.


'The Conjuring' (2013)

Ed and Lorraine Warren, demonologists who investigated the Lutz family, are played by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga. Their scary doll case inspired The Conjuring.

'Deliver Us From Evil' (2014)

New York officer Ralph Sarchie, played by Eric Bana, observed ghostly activity while investigating crimes. This is Scott Derrickson's second true-story film.

'Winchester' (2018)

The supernatural thriller film by Michael and Peter Spierig stars Helen Mirren as Sarah Winchester, an heiress. 

Annabelle' (2014)

The Conjuring (2013) and eventually became the focus of a new franchise with Annabelle (2014), Annabelle: Creation (2017), and Annabelle Returns Home (2018). (2019).

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