10 Odd Movies Based On Terrifying Urban Legends

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Everyone enjoys a good story, especially a horror story, which an urban legend tends to fall into that category. For centuries, myths and legends have been passed down amongst friends and family, leading everyone to believe they could be completely true. Hollywood, taking influence from wherever they can, have used many of these urban legends to create terrifying movies that both shock and awe the viewers. Here are ten films based off creepy urban legends. Just avoid spending too much time in front of mirrors in the dark, everyone!


Originating from incidents in Fairfax County, Virginia, The Bunnyman was said to be a crazed individual who wore a bunny suit as he chopped people up with an axe. The movie is definitely low-budget, but it is also highly entertaining.

Dead Man on Campus

Dead Man on Campus, a comedy film from the nineties, is based off a popular, albeit ridiculous urban legend that was passed around college campuses. The legend claims anyone involved would pass all of their classes. It was quite dumb, honestly.

When a Stranger Calls

This particular urban legend has roots in so many different countries that it can be translated into 150 different languages effectively. Depending on the version, an older or younger woman, home alone at night, would receive a creepy phone call from an unknown voice urging her to check the kids. The movie does a better job of relaying the tale.

Bloody Mary

There are plenty of movies based on the popular Bloody Mary urban legend, though most of them tend to be quite bad. According to the legend, saying her name three times in the mirror will bring about a ghostly force. The movies tend to feature a group of young teenagers trying this out.

I Know What You Did Last Summer

This particular horror movie became a box office hit and nineties classic film upon release, especially amongst the younger crowd. The original urban legend had a killer phoning up their young victims to tell them they know their secrets.

The Hitcher

The Hitcher, an impressive horror movie from the eighties, told the story of a maniac hitcher who killed those he would get a ride with. Urban legends of killer hitchhikers are quite common all across the world, especially in the US and Australia.


No one is able to prove the Alligator urban legend, but many people are afraid of a live alligator coming out of their toilets from the sewer system. The movie uses the same premise, albeit a killer one.

The Blair Witch Project

The Blair Witch Project, albeit filmed to appear quite realistic, made the director millions for the tale. The legend, however, was completely true. In 1875, Elly Kedward was banished from her town after being accused of witchcraft and was sent to the forest.


Candyman, a horror film that was quite good and terrifying, was the story of a haunting figure who would appear in an isolated area when the lights were turned off and the victim faced a mirror while saying “Candyman” multiple times.

House of 1000 Corpses

Rob Zombie’s debut film as a director was considered to be one of the best horror movies in the past couple of decades. House of 1000 Corpses was based off such legends as those found in The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and The Hills Have Eyes.