There’s something more chilling about movies based on true events. Knowing that at least some version of what you’re seeing on the screen actually happened in real life makes the movie more powerful. With the upcoming release of The Quiet Ones, we decided to reminisce about other movies based on horrific real life events.
The Quiet Ones is inspired by a true story of a university experiment done on a young girl that goes horribly, horribly wrong, so we focused on movies based on claims of supernatural true events.
There is a huge list of honorable mentions in this category. We could even break it down into sub-categories, like movies based on the antics of Ed Gein: The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, The Silence of the Lambs, Psycho and Deranged. True crime reenactments: In Cold Blood, Helter Skelter and Zodiac just to name a few of the best. Even real life animal attack movies like Jaws, Eaten Alive and Open Water. Other notable mentions are The Girl Next Door and The Hills Have Eyes.
But in honor of the release of The Quiet Ones on April 25th, we bring you…
Perhaps the most famous paranormal investigation of all time, The Amityville Horror was actually inspired by a book written by Jay Anson which documented the experiences of the Lutz family, who moved into the Long Island, NY, home. Of course that home was the scene of the Ronald DeFeo, Jr., murders just 13 months earlier. Being the location of six murders, it would be no surprise if the house was indeed haunted. And according to legendary paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, it indeed was, and The Amityville Horror brought all the horrors the Lutzes experienced right to the big screen where it belonged.