02/08/2013 12:45 | By Sean Plummer
The Conjuring and other horror movies based on true stories

Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga play real-life ghost hunters in The Conjuring



Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga play real-life ghost hunters in The Conjuring (© Warner Bros.)
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Lots of movies claim to be based on a true story.

The latest to do so is Insidious director James Wan’s The Conjuring (Released 2 August) in which Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga play, respectively, real-life ghost hunters Ed and Lorraine Warren.

Indeed, horror has a long history of using real incidents to inspire real scares - click on the above picture to find out more about this story!

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