Not all scary movies are pure fiction. Many popular horror films are based on crimes that actually happened. True crime is a rising subgenre among the public, allowing readers and viewers to experience real-life crimes through the lens of fiction. Often, these narratives incorporate biographical details to help illustrate the psychological profile of prolific killers. Such films often include the process of investigators and prosecutors in solving the murders, showing viewers the behind-the-scenes of law enforcement. Although true crime depictions can’t always explain why a crime occurred, filmmakers strive to tell the victims’ stories. Writers - inspired by real events - may use a poetic license to tell a bigger story, even though sometimes truth is stranger than fiction. This list contains horror movies based on real-life crimes, of which some cases still remain unsolved.
Keddie Murders / 'The Strangers'
- Photo: The Town That Dreaded Sundown (1976) - American International Pictures / via Amazon / Fair Use