My Halloween tradition in recent years involves three mission-critical components: 1) trick-or-treating with my kids, 2) secretly raiding their candy stash after they go to bed for my favorite treats (what, it's not like they're going to miss one fun-sized Kit Kat) (okay fine like eight fun-sized Kit Kats), and 3) forcing my husband to watch a horror movie with me. My husband hates horror movies, so my entertainment is twofold. There's the scary stuff happening onscreen, and the hilarity of my husband moaning from the couch, "Ugh NO. Why are they -- NO. WHY. GOD, WHY AM I WATCHING THIS."
Anyway, if you're also thinking ahead to what horror fare you'll be serving on Halloween evening, consider this list of scary movies that are supposedly based on true supernatural events. Did the hair-raising scenes in these movies really happen? You'll just have to watch and decide for yourself ... after you go to sleep with the lights on, of course.
Our most recent 'true story' film is 2013's The Conjuring, which was based on the case files of paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. The Warrens came to the assistance of the Perron family, who claim to have experienced increasingly disturbing events in their farmhouse in Harrisville, Rhode Island in 1971. As for whether it's really true, Andrea Perron says, "[The movie] is a fair reflection of the chaos and danger we faced at the farm. There are liberties taken and a few discrepancies, but overall, it is what it claims to be."