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19 Insanely Creepy Documentaries That'll Make You Want To Hide Under Your Bed

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We asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us which creepy documentaries are actually worth watching. Here are the chilling results.

WARNING: Content featured in this article is highly disturbing.

1. The Killing of America (1982)

Severin Films

The Killing of America documents the "moral decline of America," specifically focusing on events from the 1970s. Fair warning, this movie is far from calming: The real murder footage and interviews with serial killers, such as Edmund Kemper, left the directors themselves feeling intensely depressed and disturbed by the time they were finished.


Where to watch it: Amazon, Vudu

2. The Woman Who Wasn’t There (2012)

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Tania Head lied about being in the World Trade Center during the 9/11 attacks. She fabricated tales of her husband dying in one of the towers and even became president of the World Trade Center Survivors Network. This documentary follows the unraveling of her lies and reveals who Tania Head really is.


Where to watch it: YouTube, Amazon, iTunes

3. Haunters: The Art of the Scare (2017)

The Brain Factory / Netflix

Your average jump-scare haunted houses have spawned an underground culture of extreme interactive haunts where the normal rules don't apply. Haunters features interviews with people in this industry, where their job "isn't to scare you — it's to scar you."


Where to watch it: Netflix, YouTube, Amazon, Vudu


4. The Witness (2015)

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In March 1964, Kitty Genovese was stabbed to death on the streets of New York City. It was reported that 38 people watched from their windows, but no one did a single thing. This documentary follows Kitty's brother as he uncovers the truth. This case is supposedly a huge reason the United States adopted the 911 emergency system.


Where to watch it: Netflix, iTunes, Amazon

5. Mommy Dead and Dearest (2017)


No one knew Gypsy Rose Blanchard's debilitating illnesses were being induced by her mom until Gypsy took revenge on her in the form of murder in 2015. Mommy Dead and Dearest exposes the inner workings of Gypsy's mind, and the pain she suffered under her guardian for over 20 years before she'd finally had enough.

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Where to watch it: HBO

6. Wisconsin Death Trip (1999)


Something sinister took over Black River Falls, Wisconsin, in the 1890s that caused residents to murder each other, set buildings ablaze, and exhibit some of the strangest behavior ever documented. Get ready for a journey through some of the most mysterious and macabre events to ever take place.


Where to watch it: YouTube

7. The Family I Had (2017)

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A 13-year-old boy choked and strangled his 4-year-old half-sister in 2007, and his mom recalls the events leading up to the murder, along with the consequences of his actions. Roger Ebert's review team gave it three out of four stars.


Where to watch it: Investigation Discovery, YouTube


8. Crazy Love (2007)

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In the 1950s, lawyer Burt Pugach began dating Linda Riss. But when their love fizzled and she got engaged to someone else, he jealously threw lye in her face, blinding her. While in prison he obsessively sent letters to her, and bizarrely, they got married after his 1974 release. Crazy Love extensively covers one of the most fucked-up romances of the 20th century.

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Where to watch it: YouTube, iTunes, Amazon

9. Beware the Slenderman (2016)


Two Wisconsin girls tried to kill their friend in a stabbing in 2014 to impress a fictional character known as Slender Man. The victim survived, so Beware the Slenderman focuses more on the lore behind this character and how it affected the minds of these two almost-murderers.


Where to watch it: HBO, YouTube, Google Play, iTunes

10. The Galápagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden (2013)

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In the 1930s, a group of Germans visited the Galápagos Islands to start new lives. But when two people immediately went missing, their exciting new lives became a real-life murder mystery. This critically acclaimed documentary features voiceover work from Cate Blanchett and Diane Kruger.


Where to watch it: Amazon, YouTube, Vudu

11. The Summit (2012)

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In 2008 on the China-Pakistan border, 11 mountain climbers died in one of the worst accidents in the history of mountaineering, called the "K2 Disaster." Actual details of how their lives ended are scarce, so researchers and police have had to rely on emergency radio calls or eyewitness accounts.


Where to watch it: Netflix, Amazon, iTunes


12. Josef Fritzl: Story of a Monster (2010)

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Fritzl locked his daughter in a basement for 24 years while physically and sexually abusing and raping her. She even had seven kids as a result of his abuse. Through interviews with doctors and family members, we learn about this horrifying human being and the evils that existed inside his mind.


Where to watch it: YouTube

13. The Bridge (2006)

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The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco is unfortunately a popular spot where suicides have taken place — there are even emergency telephone lines all along its walkway, with crisis workers on call to try to talk people out of ending their lives. The Bridge centers in on the heartbreaking events that often happen at this landmark and interviews family members of people who've died here.


Where to watch it: YouTube, iTunes, Amazon

14. Just Melvin, Just Evil (2000)

Melvin Just sexually abused 10 members of his family, including a child who was only 2 years old at the time. Just's stepgrandson revisits the pain inflicted upon his relatives at the hands of Just, and describes in vivid detail the horror that followed as a result of these devastating acts.

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Where you can watch it: YouTube

15. Genie: Secret of the Wild Child (1994)


"Genie" was the nickname given to a girl who'd been locked in a room without social interaction or proper nourishment for over 13 years, until she was finally freed from her abusive father in 1970. Secret of the Wild Child focuses on Genie's situation to provide insight into the suffering she faced and raises questions about human development.


Where to watch it: Dailymotion


16. Gladiator Days: Anatomy of a Prison Murder (2002)


White supremacist Troy Kell was already convicted of murder and in prison when he viciously killed inmate Lonnie Blackmon, simply because of the color of his skin. Gladiator Days dives into the reality of brutal prison violence by using this horrifying story as an example.


Where you can watch it: YouTube

17. Missing 411 (2016)

David Paulides

Missing 411 follows the unsolved disappearances of people from National Parks around the United States over the span of several decades. It's based on extensive research done by author and cryptozoologist (someone who aims to prove the existence of characters from folklore, like Bigfoot) David Paulides.


Where to watch it: Hulu, YouTube

18. Child of Rage (1990)


An interviewer sits down with a 6-year-old girl who was abused as a child and adopted by a new family. The young girl has an attachment disorder, calmly explains that she wants her family to die, and describes how she's hurt animals and sexually abused her younger brother.

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Where you can watch it: YouTube

19. And The Cheshire Murders (2013)


In 2007, two men invaded the quiet Connecticut home of the Petit family, holding them hostage, robbing them, and then killing the mother and two daughters. This incredibly thorough film tries to answer why this family was targeted and reveals a horrible truth: There were many opportunities for others to step in and save them from their deaths.


Where you can watch it: YouTube



The victim in Beware the Slenderman survived the attack. A previous version of this post said that she was killed. H/T to the commenters for pointing out our error.

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The documentary The Family I Had is about a 13-year-old boy who choked and strangled his sister to death. An earlier version of this article said he stabbed her to death. Thank you to the readers who pointed it out!


The Family I Had was given three out of four stars by the review team on the late Roger Ebert's website. An earlier version of this article stated that Ebert himself gave it this rating. The native Chicagoan who wrote this is grateful to the readers who corrected this information, and will brush up on basic information about people from her city, like the fact that Ebert died years ago (ugh!).