Some of the scariest horror movies to ever release are based on true stories as well. The ghosts, the murders, the heinous killers – they were all real, at least according to paranormal investigator pair Ed and Lorraine Warren. Of course, Hollywood has taken some creative liberties in dramatizing these horrifying tales, but the gist is mainly real.
We challenge you to watch (or re-watch) all of the movies below and learn that they are all horror movies based on real stories of very, very unhappy people. And pray that it doesn’t happen to us either:
1. Amityville Horror
This movie, the Haunted House Champion, was based on a book based on the real-life story of a man, Ronald DeFeo Jr., who killed his entire family at their home in Amityville, Long Island, New York, in 1974. Two months after the murders, the Lutz family moved into the then deserted house. It only lasted 28 days before everyone ran away from home claiming to be haunted by the ghosts of the dead DeFeo’s.
The Amityville Horror is one of the spookiest and most iconic and well-known and spooky haunted house stories of the last century. Following the publication of a 1977 novel about the incident, a blockbuster movie premiered in 1979 that has subsequently spawned a plentiful supply of sequels, reboots and knockoff films in every subsequent decade.
To date, the modest and supposedly haunted Long Island home has appeared in nearly two dozen films, and there is no indication that people soon tire of being scared of it. But what’s the real story that inspired the popular and long-running horror franchise?
Whether you believe in ghosts or not, there is no denying that the story of Amityville’s notoriety began with a horror of a horror. In the early morning hours of November 13, 1974, a man named Ronald DeFeo Jr. his mother, father and four brothers as they slept in their suburban home at 112 Ocean Avenue, Amityville. , NY. DeFeo was convicted of their murders and remains in jail today.
2. The Conjuring
Based on the true story of two paranormal investigators who handled the Amityville case, The Conjuring follows the famous Ed and Lorraine Warren as they investigate the haunted house of the Perron family. The Perrons were instrumental in marketing the film, portraying the horrific experiences at home.
In January 1971, the Perron family moved to a 14-room farm in Harrisville, Rhode Island, where Carolyn, Roger and their five daughters noticed strange things almost immediately after they moved.
It all started small. Carolyn would find the broom going missing, or that it seemed to move from one place to another on its own. She heard the sound of something rubbing against the kitchen kettle when no one was around. She would find little piles of dirt in the centre of a freshly cleaned kitchen floor.
3. The Conjuring 2
The second film in the Conjuring universe opens with the Amityville murders, before moving on to the Warren’s investigation of Enfield’s poltergeist. The Hodgsons family heard throbbing noises and voiceless voices witnessed floating objects and other scary experiences. The film ends with a nod to the doll Annabelle, the centrepiece of another Warren case.
4. The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It
The upcoming movie follows the other famous case of the Warrens: the trial of Arne Cheyenne Johnson, who was charged with the murder of his landlord. The story goes that the Warren performed an exorcism on Johnson’s boyfriend’s brother. Still, the demon then fled to Arne, possessed to kill his owner. Unfortunately for him, possessions of demons cannot be used as a defence in court.
Annabelle was one of the most famous cases of the Warrens, revolving around an already creepy-looking Raggedy Ann doll believed to have been possessed by the ghost of a little girl named Annabelle Higgins. The Warren’s solution to the paranormal incident? To display the haunted and possibly demonic doll in their museum.