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7 Best Horror Movies Based on True Stories

If you are as big a fan of horror movies as I am, you are always on the look out for the scariest slashers and creepiest classics that all your favorite streaming services have to offer. While every platform boasts a healthy selection of titles that are sure to feed into your bloodlust, an impressive amount of the best movies on Peacock fall under that particular category – the fact that most of the films come at no extra cost notwithstanding. If you find yourself in the mood for a good fright, look no further than our picks for some of the best horror movies on Peacock’s “Fright Night” section, starting with one that (as many classics claim to be) is based on a true story.

 

1.Open Water (2003)

A couple (Ryan Blanchard and Daniel Travis) on a scuba diving trip in the Caribbean find themselves stranded (but not alone) in the middle of the ocean after a miscount on their tour boat results in them being left behind.

 

Why it’s one of the best horror movies on Peacock: I was not tugging on anyone’s leg when I said that Open Water was inspired by an actual tragic event, which writer and director Chris Kentis recreates to a stunningly realistic and terrifying effect in, arguably, the scariest shark attack movie since Jaws.

 

2.The People Under The Stairs (1991)

 

On his 13th birthday, a boy (The Sandlot cast member Brandon Quintin Adams) and two adults plan to rob his family’s landlords (Everett McGill and Wendy Robie), only to find a wealth of horrifying secrets in their death trap of a house instead.

 

Why it’s one of the best horror movies on Peacock: While it is heavily inspired by stories of traditional fairy tale lore, The People Under the Stairs also incorporates themes of real-life urban hardships, resulting in one of the more disturbing grounded and plausible stories of the late Wes Craven’s stellar career in horror.

 

3.Deathgasm (2015)

 

A teenage metalhead (Milo Cawthorne) is sent to live with his well-to-do aunt and uncle, where he and his new friends form a band who find and perform a mysterious musical composition that happens to hold the key to unleashing the end of days in New Zealand.

 

Why it’s one of the best horror movies on Peacock: Giving new meaning to the phrase “sell your soul for rock ‘n roll” in a most cleverly funny and relentlessly gory way, Deathgasm is a glorious feature-length debut from writer and director Jason Howden and also one of the best horror movies on Shudder, especially if you love Evil Dead movies and the music of Black Sabbath.

 

4.Starry Eyes (2014)

 

An aspiring actress (Midnight Mass cast member Alex Essoe) making a living at a restaurant in Hollywood goes to unimaginably dangerous lengths to earn what she believes will be the role of a lifetime.

 

Why it’s one of the best horror movies on Peacock: Not just one of the best horror movies on Peacock but one of the most criminally underrated modern day gems of the category you will find anywhere is Starry Eyes, a harrowing tale of ambition gone south with a dash of treacherous body horror from Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer – the writing and directing duo behind 2019’s Pet Sematary remake.

 

5.The House Of The Devil (2009)

 

A cash-strapped college student (Jocelin Donahue) accepts a baby-sitting job that she quickly comes to regret when nothing appears to be as it seems in the house she has been hired to stay at on the night of a lunar eclipse in 1983.

 

Why it’s one of the best horror movies on Peacock: Writer and director Ti West instantly became one of the leading heroes in modern indie horror with the underrated ode to the era of Satanic Panic, The House of the Devil – a masterpiece of slow-burn horror that earns its welcome with a shocking final act and an early appearance by future Oscar nominee Greta Gerwig.

 

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6.Slither (2006)

 

A policeman (Nathan Fillion) and others race to stop an onslaught of slimy parasitic worms from transforming citizens of a small, rural town into grotesque mutant creatures.

 

Why it’s one of the best horror movies on Peacock: Before helming some of the best modern superhero movies, writer and director James Gunn made his feature-length directorial debut with Slither – an acclaimed creature feature as affectionately heartfelt and funny as it is shamelessly gory and gross.

 

7.Night Of The Living Dead (1968)

 

A group of strangers taking refuge together in a small house in the country struggle to survive the hungry, shuffling corpses outside – and each other – while discovering what it means to live in a world overrun with the dead.

 

Why it’s one of the best horror movies on Peacock: Co-writer and director George A. Romero first introduced the world to the definitive incarnation of the zombie with Night of the Living Dead, which is also one of the best movies on Peacock for its cleverly veiled social commentary that would become a staple of the filmmaker’s long-running Dead movies series.