The Conjuring 3: Five other horror movies based on true stories

The third film in the Conjuring franchise, titled The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, was released on Friday (June 4) in various markets around the world. The film, according to Warner Bros India, will hit Indian theaters when they reopen. Like any other Conjuring movie, this one claims to be based on or inspired by a real story. This is always a big claim, but it has been one of the USPs of the series.

What are some other horror movies that make the same claim? We have listed a few of them here. You may be surprised to learn that even some of the popular horror movies were inspired by alleged true stories.

1. Psycho (1962)

It’s been around for over half a century, but legendary British filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock’s classic remains as watchable as ever. And the twist still creeps out the hell out of those who’ve seen this movie dozens of times. In case you didn’t know, the story of the movie and the novel behind it is said to have been inspired by Ed Gein, a mentally disturbed killer who, aside from the murders, dug up corpses from graveyards to make things out of them.

2. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

The iconic slasher film was also inspired by the gruesome true story of Ed Gein. Like Gein, Leatherface also had a fascination with human body parts (his name itself refers to his hobby of wearing the faces of dead people).

3. The Birds (1963)

Another Hitchcock classic, another (supposedly) true story. The Birds was based on a novella of the same name. The story was based on a real Santa Cruz event in which a large flock of birds attacked buildings and civilians, then littered the ground as far as the eye could see.

4. The Exorcist (1973)

Perhaps the greatest and scariest horror movie of all time, The Exorcist was also based on a true story. William Peter Blatty, the author who wrote the book, was inspired by a real-life 1949 exorcism of an adolescent boy.

5. The Amityville Horror (2005)

Based on the novel of the same name and also a remake of the 1979 film of the same name, The Amityville Horror chronicles alleged paranormal events endured by the Lutz family. The plot of the film is also related to a mass murderer (for real) named Ronald DeFeo Jr.

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