10 Movies Based on Urban Legends That Will Make You Question Reality

The Fourth Kind (2009)

Urban legends have long captivated our imaginations, weaving tales of suspense that leave us questioning the thin veil between fact and fiction. Many of these legends have been fertile ground for filmmakers, inspiring some of the most spine-chilling and memorable movies. From supernatural beings lurking in the shadows to cursed objects that bring about doom, here are ten films that have successfully brought urban legends to life on the big screen.

1. The Fourth Kind (2009)

The Fourth Kind (2009)

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A psychologist investigates the disappearance of several people in Nome, Alaska, while using hypnosis to uncover repressed memories. As she pieces together the cases, she discovers a pattern of alien abductions and encounters with extraterrestrial beings, blurring the lines between reality and the supernatural.

This faux docudrama presents “real footage” that supposedly documents contact of the fourth kind — alien abduction. Aliens have long been a source of immense intrigue among humans, who have been fascinated by countless urban legends documenting UFO sightings, drawings of what alien beings look like, unexplainable radio communications, supposed secret dissections of aliens, and alleged abductions.

In the movie, Dr. Tyler explains what the different “kinds” are according to urban legend: the first kind is the sighting of a UFO, the second kind is physical evidence of an encounter (such as markings), the third kind is contact, and the fourth kind is abduction.

2. The Witch (2015)

The Witch (2015)

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Set in New England during the 17th century, a devoutly religious family faces sinister forces in the wilderness surrounding their isolated farm. As their crops fail and their livestock dies, they become increasingly convinced that an evil witch is at work, leading to a terrifying descent into paranoia and supernatural horror.

The Witch draws inspiration from the folklore surrounding witches, especially during this time period. With Eggers’ eye for detail, he captured the language of the time period with incredible accuracy through extensive research.

Actual accounts from the Salem Witch Trials heavily inspired the storyline. The film effectively utilizes the fear and suspicion associated with witchcraft, bringing to life the chilling urban legend of a witch tormenting a devout family as they face supernatural forces and their descent into madness.

3. Sleepy Hollow (1999)

Sleepy Hollow (1999)

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In the 18th century, Constable Ichabod Crane was sent to the town of Sleepy Hollow to investigate a series of beheadings. As he immerses himself into the legend of the Headless Horseman, a ghostly figure who seeks vengeance, Crane must navigate a web of deceit and uncover the truth behind the murders. Sleepy Hollow takes inspiration from Washington Irving’s classic short story, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.

The urban legend that serves as the basis for the story revolves around the Headless Horseman, a ghostly figure said to haunt the village of Sleepy Hollow. According to the legend, the Headless Horseman was a Hessian soldier who lost his head in battle and now roams the area, seeking a replacement.

In the film, director Tim Burton brings this legend to life through the character of the Headless Horseman, who terrorizes the town and becomes the focus of an investigation by the protagonist, Ichabod Crane.

4. Candyman (1992)

Candyman (1992)

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The legend of Candyman haunts the residents of Cabrini-Green, a housing project in Chicago. When a graduate student starts researching the urban myth for her thesis, she unwittingly summons the vengeful spirit of Candyman, a hook-handed killer who can be summoned by saying his name five times in front of a mirror.

Candyman was based on a short story called The Forbidden by Clive Barker. While it is not directly based on a specific real-life urban legend, it incorporates elements from various urban legends and folklore to create its mythology.

The film centers around the character of Candyman, a supernatural killer with a hook for a hand who is summoned by saying his name five times in front of a mirror, a legend that is eerily similar to that of Bloody Mary.

5. Krampus (2015)


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Krampus is a folklore figure that originated in Alpine countries. According to legend, it is a horned creature with a demonic appearance who punishes naughty children during Christmas. He is rumored to capture misbehaving children in his sack and take them away, warning children to behave throughout the year.

In this horror-comedy inspired by the urban legend, a dysfunctional family gathers for Christmas and inadvertently summons the wrath of Krampus, a mythical creature who punishes those who have lost their holiday spirit. As the family is trapped in their home, they must fight to survive the nightmarish onslaught from Krampus and his demonic minions.

6. Underworld (2003)

Underworld (2003)

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A deadly war rages between the two species in a world where vampires and werewolves exist. The film follows Selene, a vampire Death Dealer, as she uncovers a plot involving a human central to the ancient feud, leading her into a world of intrigue, betrayal, and epic battles.

Underworld explores the age-old urban legends of these mythical creatures. It takes inspiration from various mythologies, folklore, and vampire and werewolf legends.

7. Jeepers Creepers (2001)

Jeepers Creepers (2001)

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Siblings Trish and Darry encounter a terrifying creature called “The Creeper” while driving home for spring break. Pursued relentlessly by this supernatural being, they must uncover the truth behind its origins and find a way to survive its gruesome feeding frenzy. The film draws inspiration from the urban legend “The Creeper” or “The Song of the Creeper.”

According to the legend, an ominous figure called the Creeper hunts down and consumes human beings, particularly those isolated or alone. The movie incorporates elements of the legend, such as the creature’s insatiable appetite and ability to regenerate and rejuvenate its body. However, the film takes artistic liberties and adds its own mythology and backstory to the urban legend.

8. The Babadook (2014)

The Babadook

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A sinister children’s book character torments a single mother, and her young son called “The Babadook.” As their lives are consumed by the creature’s presence and escalating terror, the mother must confront her inner demons to protect her child from the nightmarish entity.

While this film is not directly based on any specific urban legend and is really a metaphor for mental illness, it does share striking similarities to other urban legends like “The Boogeyman,” “The Hat Man,” and “Slender Man,” which are shadowy figures that lurk around their prey, stalk, and traumatize their victims.

9. The Ring (2002)

The Ring (2002)

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After watching a cursed videotape, anyone who views it is fated to die in seven days. Investigative journalist Rachel Keller embarks on a race against time to uncover the truth behind the tape and the evil spirit that seeks to claim the lives of those who have watched it. This movie is based on a Japanese horror film called Ringu, based on Koji Suzuki’s novel.

The story draws inspiration from a modern urban legend known as “Sadako’s Curse” or “The Ring Virus.” According to the legend, a cursed videotape exists, and anyone who watches it receives a phone call immediately afterward, with a voice saying they have seven days left to live.

The cursed viewer will then experience a series of eerie and supernatural occurrences before meeting a tragic end at the hands of a vengeful spirit named Sadako.

10. The Mothman Prophecies (2002)

The Mothman Prophecies (2002)

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The Mothman Prophecies is based on actual events and the urban legend of the Mothman, a mysterious creature believed to have been sighted in Point Pleasant, West Virginia, during the 60s. It is described as having large wings and glowing red eyes whose sightings were accompanied by feelings of intense fear and impending doom.

A journalist investigates a series of strange occurrences in Point Pleasant, West Virginia. As he gets pulled in, he becomes obsessed with the mysterious sightings of a winged creature and the prophetic warnings it delivers, leading him down a path of uncertainty and fear.

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The Host (2013)

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We all love an urban myth; I do, anyway. Let’s be honest, though. Urban myths are for gullible kids — they are usually untrue. Nevertheless, they make great weapons for controlling your children’s behavior.

Someone is asking citizens of the world wide web to share their favorite urban legends from childhood. Refreshingly, the world is taking notice and sharing some myths from their home nations.

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Star Trek First Contact 1996

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War of the Worlds (2005)

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