What are the scariest documentaries to watch?

What makes something even scarier is that it is based on dark real-life events. So, our team compiled a list of documentaries that are just too hard and scary to watch. Did we miss your favorite? Comment it below!

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    #1The Nightmare

    The Nightmare

    The Nightmare is a horror documentary movie from ROOM 237 director, Rodney Ascher. It features eight different people sharing their personal sleep paralysis experiences. This documentary film was released in 2015.


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    Dolores Rivas
    Written on October 2, 2018
    "Now that I know that I am not the only one experiencing sleep paralysis and meeting the sleep paralysis demon. I also felt what they felt, to the point that I don't wanna sleep anymore. And watching this doesn't help. Made me hate sleep more lol."
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    Cropsey is an American mystery horror documentary film about a boogeyman-like figure named Cropsey and its relationship to the vanishing of five children. It was directed by Joshua Zeman and Barbara Brancaccio and was released in 2009.


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    Vishal Patil
    Written on October 2, 2018
    "the documentary is so scary to the point that my girl covered her eyes and lied down to my lap. 😱 After watching, I just feel lucky bec there's no such thing as the boogeyman in new delhi. You are completely safe here. 👍"
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    #3An Inconvenient Truth

    An Inconvenient Truth

    An Inconvenient Truth is a documentary shown in 2006 about the horrors of climate change. It was directed by Davis Guggenheim as he follows former Vice President Al Gore's advocacy to educate people on global warming. 


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    Angela Gu
    Written on September 26, 2019
    "EVERYBODY SHOULD WATCH THIS SO Y'ALL STOP FROM KILLING OUT PLANET ☹️ and then watch the rest of the scary documentaries here so you can be careful of other ppl"
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    #4The Central Park Five

    The Central Park Five

    The Central Park Five is a 2012 documentary directed by Kevin Burns. It examines the Central Park Jogger case that involves Latino teenagers who raped a white woman.


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    Cynthia Thomas
    Written on September 26, 2019
    "I recently watched When They See Us in Netflix and it captivated my curiousity knowing the story is based on true to life events... after some browsing, I came upon this documentary and it broke my heart even more... I pity the kids who were wrongly executed. It only signifies how powerful the hands of justice is "
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    #5Haunters: The Art Of The Scare

    Haunters: The Art Of The Scare

    Haunters: The Art Of The Scare is a horror documentary film directed, produced, and written by Jon Schnitzer. It tells the story of people who make horror houses and mazes from the traditional way of scaring, up to the controversial.


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    Jorge Luis Gálvez
    Written on October 2, 2018
    "Being an avid goer of horror houses, I really think that this is worthy of being in the top spot because they were able to unveil the most controversial one. I hope a house like that is still up because I want to try and test my courage there. 😂"
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    #6Jesus Camp

    Jesus Camp

    Jesus Camp is a documentary film directed by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady. This documentary follows the story of children and youth participating in a religious summer camp. It was first released on September 15, 2006.


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    Anna Kelley
    Written on September 26, 2019
    "Now this is the true horror. It's almost impossible for me to not feel hatred, absurdity, feear, all at the same time. "
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    #7Killer Legends

    Killer Legends

    Killer legends is a historical horror documentary about the filmmakers' investigation of crimes that may have brought urban legends. It was directed and narrated by Joshua Zeman and was released in 2014.


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    Lauren Mendoza
    Written on October 2, 2018
    "I thought that urban legends were just a product of imagination from our ancestors that we just inherited. This film gave me more interest with urban legends to the point that I want to start my own investigation and eventually, making my own movie inspired by this documentary."
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    Rats is a horror documentary movie inspired by Robert Sullivan's book of the same title. Directed by Morgan Spurlock, it brings the audience closer to the environment of those little creatures called rats. The film was released in 2016.


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    Xu Pan
    Written on October 2, 2018
    "I don't know why, but I get so disgusted with Rats always EVEN IF THEY STILL HAVEN'T DONE ANYTHING YET TO ME. And watching this made me hate them more for what they are making me feel, but also kinda satisfied me when they kill rats especially with what the dogs did."
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    #9Going Clear

    Going Clear

    Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief is a documentary film which looks deeper into the inner workings of the church of Scientology. It shines a light into the shocking revelations about the church from the abuse and betrayal.


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    Ryan Contreras
    Written on September 26, 2019
    "i always see this around th e documentary communities.,, i might as well give this a try "
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    #10Capturing The Friedmans

    Capturing The Friedmans

    Capturing The Friedmans is a documentary film released in 2003 which is about the 1980s investigation of Arnold and Jesse Friedman for child molestation. It will take us on the circumstances following the arrest of the two.


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    Brian Bradley
    Written on September 26, 2019
    "disturbing and interesting at the same.. it easily kicked waves of emotions to me "
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    #11My Amityville Horror

    My Amityville Horror

    My Amityville Horror is a horror documentary motion picture written and directed by Eric B. Walter. It focuses on the story of Daniel Lutz who lived as a child in a haunted house in Amityville.


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    Nicole Wells
    Written on October 2, 2018
    "I was still a young girl back then when I watched The Amityville Horror and when my mom told me how true the story is. But after watching this documentary, I was shaken."
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    #12The Cheshire Murders

    The Cheshire Murders
    The Cheshire Murders is a documentary film which looks deeper on the crime committed by ex-convicts Steven Hayes and Joshua Komisarjevsky who invaded the family home of Jennifer Hawke-Petit in Cheshire, Connecticut. 

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    Margaret Gilbert
    Written on September 26, 2019
    "cant imagine the hardship that that family had to endure... 😞 😞 😞 this makes me sad than scared "
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    #13The Jinx

    The Jinx

    The Jinx is a six-part documentary released in 2015 directed by Andrew Jarecki which focuses on real estate heir Robert Durst, who was the main suspect in the disappearance of three people, including his wife. 

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    Andrés Valadez
    Written on September 26, 2019
    "Probably one of the best gripping documentaries nowadays... It's so interesting how the production managed to execute and tell the story of Robert Durst"


Best What are the scariest documentaries to watch
1The NightmareMovies 21 Paid
2CropseyMovies 19 Paid
3An Inconvenient TruthMovies 16 Paid
4The Central Park FiveMovies 11 Paid
5Haunters: The Art Of The ScareMovies 10 Paid
6Jesus CampMovies 8 Paid
7Killer LegendsMovies 8 Paid
8RatsMovies 8 Paid
9Going ClearMovies 7 Paid
10Capturing The FriedmansMovies 7 Paid

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