Possessed dolls, monsters, haunted forests, and #zombies have all done a stand-up job of scaring the crap out of audiences in theaters recently. The Boy, 10 Cloverfield Lane, The Forest, and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies left us a little more scared of the dark. Those movies are great, but most of the normal, everyday population probably won’t have any of the experiences depicted in those movies in real life, and we go into the theater with that in mind.
But what about those horror movies that are based on true stories, or at the very least, folklore that may or may not be true? There are so many stories passed down from one generation to the next, meant to scare the imagination of children to keep their butts in line. Don’t yawn with your mouth open, or a ghost will invite itself in and set up camp. Stay in bed, or the monster under it will eat you. Eat your veggies, or Donald Trump will get elected president.
Here’s a list of 11 movies based on actual folklore from around the word, from werewolves and mermaids to witches and Satan himself.