Urban legends have been inspiring Hollywood for decades. These folktales, often passed through word-of-mouth and loosely (very loosely) based on true stories, serve as a reminder that sometimes the truth is scarier than fiction.
That's why the urban legend has become a staple of the horror genre, from Hulu’s new show Light as A Feather to classics like The Blair Witch Project. Whether you’re looking to rediscover a classic horror movie, catch up on Netflix shows, or find a new cult favorite, you’re likely to encounter a horror film that is “based on a true story.” Here’s a look at thirteen of those shows, and the terrifying stories that inspired them.
Get out your popcorn, lock your door, and hope none of these legends began in your town.