Reddit Picks the Eeriest 2010s Horror You Didn’t Know Was Based on True Story

Reddit Picks the Eeriest 2010s Horror You Didn’t Know Was Based on True Story
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Sometimes life makes the best screenwriter.

It’s no surprise that a great number of modern horrors are based on real-life events that are still hard to explain. These include such gems as The Amityville Horror (2005), The Possession (2012) and Netflix ’s hit show Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story ( 2022).

Sometimes a movie can be so unnerving that it’s impossible to imagine that similar events really happened in the past. That’s why you may have missed that 2013’s iconic horror also has its roots in a chilling true story that still tickles the audience’s nerves.

Set in 1970, the movie starts by introducing us to Carolyn and Roger, who have just moved into an isolated farmhouse together with their five daughters. They want to start a new calm life here, but the house is quick to ruin their dreams, as it’s inhabited by evil.

The manifestations of a supernatural presence get so disturbing that Carolyn invites a couple of investigators to help them, only to discover the house's macabre history.

Cinema lovers have already guessed that it’s the premise of 2013’s The Conjuring. Yes, it was based on the story of Ed and Lorraine Warren, the duo of paranormal investigators and their work with the Perrons, whose house was haunted by the ghost of a witch.

Directed by James Wan, this supernatural horror became a sensation and influenced the genre with its unique cinematography, impeccably written screenplay and, of course, chilling and extremely dark atmosphere, enhanced by the film’s musical score.

The glowing financial success of Wan’s movie (it grossed $319.5 million against a $20 million budget) and overwhelmingly positive critical reviews allowed the creators to establish the whole franchise, including the notorious Annabelle prequels.

“I was scared and on edge the entire movie. The scare with all the pictures shattering literally made me fall out of my chair,” admits Redditor @Pavlov_The_Wizard about the first movie in The Conjuring series that is literally a horror roller coaster of a movie.

If you still haven’t seen it, why? It’ll immerse you into this unbelievable story even if you’re not a horror fan, so stream The Conjuring, as it’s available on Netflix and Prime.