When we know the real-life horror stories that have inspired them, horror movies are more chilling…and enjoyable. From ghosts to possessions, there is a long list of events that have led to some of the scariest movies. Enjoy this selection of movies based on real supernatural stories and events that will keep you up at night.
The Amityville Horror It begins with married couple George and Kathy Lutz finding a beautiful home in upstate New York. Although they are suspicious of the strangely low price, they decide to move in with their three children. However, a series of paranormal events begin to take place, including strange noises and one of the children making an “imaginary friend” named Jodie. The Lutz family soon discovers that their new home was the site of a brutal mass murder just a year earlier, when Ronald DeFeo Jr. murdered his family after claiming he was demon-possessed. Horrified by the discovery, the Lutzes enlist the help of a priest to cleanse their home of evil spirits.
Amityville has become known not only as a small town in the state of New York, but also as the place where one of the most famous mass murders in pop culture took place. The franchise of Amityville Horror features numerous books and movies that tell the story of the fateful night in 1974 in which Ronald DeFeo, Jr. murdered his entire family and the paranormal entities that have allegedly haunted the house ever since.
When DeFeo Jr., 23, was asked at the time why he picked up a rifle and fatally shot his parents and four siblings in his home, he really couldn’t find an answer. His version changed several times, from claiming that the murders were committed by a mafia hitman, to admitting that he killed his family because the “voices” asked for it. He was sent to the Sullivan Correctional Facility in New York, where he remains confined.
The young couple, meanwhile, lasted just 28 days in their new “dream house” before leaving. George claimed that he would wake up around 3:15 AM every day, also known as “devil time”, as they felt cold drafts around the house and even claimed to have levitated above their beds. When a priest came to bless the home, a demonic voice told him to “come out!” They refused to explain what the last straw was that made them leave the house, but they took some things and never came back.
Of course, there are always skeptics in all these kinds of stories. While George and Kathy Lutz defended their paranormal encounters until their deaths in the early 2000s, many have questioned the validity of their claims. The Amityville house has had many other tenants since the Lutz family moved out, most of whom claim they experienced little to no ghostly activity. Paranormal investigators have also weighed in on the issue… inspiring a 2002 ABC documentary called “Amityville Horror: Horror or Hoax?»
Renowned paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren backed up Lutz’s story, saying the Amityville house was “a 10 on a scale of 1-10.” George and Kathy also reportedly passed lie detector tests to verify their claims. The pair may be gone, but the legendary horror house still stands today…and there are people who live in it!
Annabelle, written by Gary Dauberman and directed by John R. Leonetti, is about a couple tormented by a malevolent spirit that lives in a vintage doll. The film features the Gordons, a happy young couple who find evil descending upon them when her neighbor’s daughter returns after joining a satanic cult. The daughter kills her parents and then tries to kill the couple. The police, for her part, kill her. Mia Gordon gives birth to a daughter and throws away the doll, but Annabelle finds her way back to the apartment. With her supernatural activity at an all time high, Mia befriends a bookstore owner who tries to help her overcome the evil plaguing her family.
the real doll is a Raggedy Ann doll with red hair. The Annabelle doll was given to a 27-year-old nurse in the 1970s by her mother. Shortly after receiving the doll, strange things began to happen in her apartment. She realized that the doll would change position even if she didn’t touch it. She and her roommate later found handwritten notes on the floor asking for help. The doll appeared in different rooms and would attack the guests. A guest fell asleep on the couch and woke up to Annabelle staring at him and feeling like something was suffocating him.
The girls decided to have a séance and learned that a spirit named Annabelle was playing with the doll. The medium told the girls that Annabelle was a seven-year-old girl who died on the property and that she just wanted to be loved. She wanted permission to enter the doll which the girls granted her. This did not make things better: the paranormal activity got worse.
Ed and Lorraine Warren were intrigued by the doll and went to talk to the girls. The girls were scared and craved any help they could get. The Warrens were convinced that the spirit inside the doll was not a seven-year-old girl, but a demon. The demon had come to them like an innocent child so that they would lower their guard and let her in. The doll’s host would be temporary until he could inhabit one of the girls. Ed and Loraine took the doll with them. On their journey home, they had to sprinkle the doll with holy water in order to get there safely. Annabelle was placed in a glass cage in her museum filled with other supernatural artifacts. Annabelle is often blessed.
An American Haunting is a 2005 film written and directed by Courtney Solomon, based on the case of John Bell and his family. John Bell believes that his neighbor, Kate Batts, has put a curse on him, causing a spirit to haunt his loved ones. His daughter, Betsy Bell, is even physically tormented by the entity. The film takes some creative license in revealing Betsy’s innocence to the spirit. Her father had been sexually abusing her. When she and her mother remember this, Betsy poisons her father and the curse ends.
Curse of the bell witch It is one of the most famous in the United States. According to legend, John Bell was walking on his farm when he saw a strange animal among the corn. He shot it a few times and it disappeared. That night, strange things began to happen at the Bell house. The family was plagued by strange noises.
The children’s sheets were not on their beds; her pillows were on the floor. The strange sounds became whispers and songs. Betsy Bell had her hair pulled and was physically abused.
John Bell ended up telling his neighbors what was happening. They stayed at the Bell home to experience firsthand what they had experienced. As time passed, the voice ceased to be a whisper. He began quoting the Bible at full volume, singing hymns and having intelligent conversations with the residents. The malevolent entity despised John Bell. He even assured that he would kill him.
John’s health began to deteriorate until he was no longer able to leave the house. He passed away on December 20, 1820. When his family searched his pantry, they found an unidentifiable liquid. John Bell Jr. gave some to a cat and it died instantly. At that moment, the spirit loudly announced that it had given this liquid to John Bell the night before. This is the first paranormal case where a spirit is believed to be responsible for a person’s death. The validity of the story has been debated, but if you visit North Robertson County, Tennessee, almost everyone you talk to will have a story about the Bell Witch. To this day there are people who visit the Bell estate in search of the witch.
Child’s Play, directed by Tom Holland and produced by David Kirschner from a story written by Don Mancini, is the first film in the horror legend of Chucky franchise. The film begins when a fugitive serial killer, Charles Lee Ray, is chased by the police to a toy store after being shot several times. As he slowly dies, the criminal uses a Haitian voodoo spell to transfer his soul into a popular children’s doll. The doll, named Chucky, is acquired by the widow Karen Barclay, who gives it to Andy, her six-year-old son. After Chucky enters his life, a series of violent and mysterious murders occurs…and Andy is the prime suspect. It’s Karen’s job to prove the killer doll’s intentions before he claims her next victim.
Incredible as it may seem, the original doll is scarier than the one in the movie. Much more. The Robert doll is a straw-stuffed toy dressed as a sailor, with black button eyes and a little smile that says he’s up to something. And it could be true, as he is said to be one of the most possessed dolls in US history.
Its original owner was Robert “Gene” Otto, who gave the toy his name when it was given to him as a child. There are several theories as to who gave it to him, but the most common story is that it was a gift from a servant in his family, an abused woman who had mastered the art of voodoo.
Gene loved Robert and took him everywhere. His bond was such that he began to whisper his secrets to the doll. His parents weren’t worried, until they heard a deep voice answering her…answers that soon turned into violent arguments. However, as soon as Gene’s parents entered Gene’s room after hearing the scandal, they found Gene alone with Robert, terrified. Then Gene’s other toys were smashed and his furniture overturned, and his parents saw out of the corner of their eyes a little figure running through the house. Gene’s response? “It was Robert.”
Nevertheless, Gene grew up, married and started a career – and took Robert with him. It is said that the doll had him subdued, demanding things like “a place with a view of the street.” Gene agreed and placed Robert in a window at his house; Numerous pedestrians reported seeing Robert making frightening expressions or disappearing before his eyes. Of course, Gene ignored them (not even his wife, who hated Robert) and kept the doll until his death in 1974.
Myrtle Reuter purchased Gene’s house and donated Robert to the Fort East Martello Museum in Key West, Florida, where he has been on display since 1994. Despite being behind glass, he causes more chaos than ever before. Hundreds of people visit it every week; before taking a picture of it, it is required that they ask for your permission. Those who haven’t have reported terrible misfortunes, including car accidents, breakups, and health problems that have caused them to write Robert a letter apologizing. You doubt it? The wall is filled with hundreds of letters from those who questioned the power of one of America’s most diabolical dolls.
*Updated on July 5, 2020 by Rodrigo Orellana