Five of the scariest movies based on popular urban legends

MARISOL RAMIREZ as La Llorona in New Line Cinema’s horror film “THE CURSE OF LA LLORONA,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release.
MARISOL RAMIREZ as La Llorona in New Line Cinema’s horror film “THE CURSE OF LA LLORONA,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. /
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3. Slender Man (2018)

Slender Man is a more recent urban legend that is popular among millennials but was actually created by Eric Knudsen in 2009 in the Something Awful forum. Knudsen with some fancy new-age digital tampering created the now-iconic long-limbed faceless tentacled man who steals hapless children.

Of course, once Knudsen started the legend, millennials took the story and ran with it, creating their own versions of the myth with people claiming physical sightings of said creature. The legend took on a life of its own and spawned a movie.

In Slender Man, the story centers around four best friends; Wren (Joey King), Hallie (Julia Goldani Telles), Chloe (Jaz Sinclair), and Katie (Annalise Basso). The four friends decide one day to go online and conjure up the creature of lore.

At first, it seems that they failed because nothing happens. Two weeks later, Katie mysteriously disappears on a class field trip in front of all of her classmates. No one sees her disappear nor did they see where she disappeared too. Soon, one by one the friends meet the same fate.

It’s amazing how the power of the internet can create a millennial urban legend spooky enough to have a movie made about it. Plus, Slender Man is scary enough that it makes most of us want to sleep under the covers after watching it.

Catch Slender Man on Hulu, Amazon Prime, Google Play, You Tube, Sling TV and STARZ.

2. The Rake (2018)

Of all the urban legends, The Rake is the scariest one of all. Sightings of this greyish humanoid-like creature have been more recent. As if one day it wasn’t there and the next it is, leading some parapsychologists to speculate on the possibility that the Rake was “willed” into existence.

However, the Rake came to be, reports state that it is extremely aggressive. As of yet, no one has been killed by the urban legend, but the terrifying cryptid utterly scares anyone who has seen it.

A video recorded by Audrée Tanguay Fréchette was reported by Fox News trying to explain a grayish humanoid-like creature hiding in the woods. It seems to be stalking the same Canadian Moose Frechette was filming. The creature matches the description of the Rake from other sightings.

In the movie of the same name, Ben (Stephen Brodie) and Ashley (Shenae Grimes-Beech)  are siblings that witnessed the horrific deaths of their parents at a very young age. Ashley is convinced they were killed by something that wasn’t a human being. She has no idea what murdered her parents but is convinced that it isn’t finished with her or her family.

There has been an increase in sightings of this creature, and it is usually not a good time when it happens. Every report has the creature rushing toward witnesses or attacking them in a very aggressive manner.

The Rake is available to stream on VUDU, You Tube, Amazon Prime and Google Play.