Not all movies have remained true to the genuine history of the event or the characters they are portraying, often adding action and drama might increase the substance and popularity of the movie. Movies based on actual events could technically be considered yet another genre of “recycled” content, when placed in the hands of the right actor and director, the truth can be far more compelling than fiction.

Listed below are Cubicle Trends 10 scary movies based on actual events:

“The Blob” (1958)

A growing corrosive alien amoeba that crashes from outer space in a meteorite and engulfs and dissolves citizens in the small community of Downingtown, Pennsylvania. It was inspired by a real life event that happened on a farm in the 1950’s, before scientists were able to run tests on this purple blob, it disintegrated.

“Jaws” (1975)

In 1916, a giant great white shark arrives on the shores of a New England beach resort and wreaks havoc with bloody attacks on swimmers, until a part-time sheriff teams up with a marine biologist and an old seafarer to hunt the monster down. These attacks are what inspired the story for the novel and movie, JAWS.

“The Hills Have Eyes” (1977)

In 15th Century, Sawney Bean, the son of a landscaper, had no desire to follow in his father’s footsteps. Instead he took his family and headed for a coastal cave in Bennane Head, Scotland. The Bean’s would ambush travelers robbing and then murdering them. The bodies were then taken back to the cave where they were dismembered and prepared for dinner.

For twenty-five years, the family operated discreetly. Although nearby villagers were aware of the disappearances, as well as the occasional body-parts which washed up on their shores, they were unaware of who was responsible for the crimes. It is rumored to have captured over 100 victims and eaten them all with his family.

“A Nightmare on Elm Street” (1984)

Freddy Kruger is the substance of nightmares. He always appears strangely dressed and has knives on the fingers of his right hand. A group of four teenagers all begin to have the same strange dreams about Freddy and then one of them is gruesomely murdered in her sleep.

“The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” (2003)

After picking up a traumatized young hitchhiker, five friends find themselves stalked and hunted by a deformed chainsaw-wielding killer and his family of equally psychopathic killers.

The Texas Chainsaw massacre is based on the true life story of “Ed Gein”. His house was raided and skin suits and masks were found, along with furniture covers and lampshades made out of human skin.

“Open Water”  (2003)

A couple on a holiday in the Caribbean decide to spend the day on a scuba diving trip. With all their hopes set on the boat coming back to rescue them, they try to keep themselves safe, especially when sharks start to appear. he bodies were never discovered and it was assumed that they been eaten alive by sharks.

“The Amityville Horror” (2005)

In December 1975, George and Kathy Lutz along with their three children move into an elegant Long Island house. What they don’t know is that the house was the site of a horrific mass murder a year before. They decide to keep the house and attempt to keep the horror in the past, but are now haunted by a murderous presence. A series of hauntings occurred that eventually made their way into “The Amityville Horror Movie”.

“The Girl Next Door” (2007)

Based on the Jack Ketchum novel of the same name and was inspired by the real life events of Sylvia Marie Likens, The Girl Next Door follows the unspeakable torture and abuses committed on a 16 years old teenage girl in the care of her aunt, and the boys who witness and fail to report the crime.

“The Haunting in Connecticut” (2009)


After a family is forced to relocate for their son’s health, they begin experiencing supernatural behavior in their new home that used to be a morgue, and uncover a sinister history.

Based on the story featured in the Discovery Channel documentary “A Haunting in Connecticut”; the family that lived in this home stated that the movie was very close to the actual events that occurred in the home.

“The Conjuring” (2013)


The Perron family seeks help, as they are experiencing increasingly disturbing paranormal activity in their farmhouse in Rhode Island in 1971. The Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren who investigated the real events said, “The movie is very close to the actual events that traumatized the family”.

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