The Amityville Horror houseAIP Kobal REX/shutterstock
Although the cover of The Amityville Horror says it’s based on a true story, most of this tale is anything but. The story starts with a very real—and very grisly—murder: On November 13, 1974, Ronald Defeo Jr. shot and killed his parents and four siblings while they slept. But after that, the truth gets murky. According to the Lutzes, the family that moved in after the murder, the house was haunted. (Don’t miss this account from a woman who stayed in a real-life haunted house.) People and furniture levitated and shape-shifted, gelatinous drops appeared out of nowhere, and Mrs. Lutz began having nightmares of the murder. Unfortunately for those who love a good ghost story, the claims are largely considered a hoax—and no family that’s lived in the house since the Lutzes has reported any type of paranormal activity. These are the 31 scariest movies of all time.
The Anson Light highway ghostceliafoto/shutterstock
Dreaming up stories about haunted highways is as American as apple pie. But for the town of Anson, near Abilene, Texas, the jig is up. As the story goes, if you drive up to the local cemetery and flash your flights at the end of the road, a ghost light will flicker in the distance. According to legend, it’s the light from a lantern held by a grieving mother looking for her son—apparently, they both perished in a Texas snowstorm. (You’ll never guess what “Texas” is slang for in Norway.) A professor at the nearby Abilene Christian University had a differently theory, though, and guessed that the light was actually coming from traffic on a nearby highway. He recently tested his theory with a group of students armed with GPS trackers and a pair of binoculars. Turns out, it’s case closed; the Anson Light is nothing but headlights in the distance.