12. Killer Legends
This documentary explores four terrifying urban legends and discovers that there may have been real-life crimes that inspired them.
11. Hostage To The Devil
This deeply spooky documentary examines the true story of Father Malachi Martin, a priest who performed exorcisms.
10. The Imposter
The Imposter tells the curious and progressively disturbing tale of a boy who went missing and then showed back up looking mysteriously different.
This documentary is a different kind of terrifying. It examines the targeted regulation of abortion providers, which has made it increasingly difficult for clinics to operate and for women to receive this important medical procedure. The film showcases the devastating effects that “pro-life” policies have had on many of America’s most vulnerable women.
8. H.H. Holmes: America’s First Serial Killer
For detailed descriptions of the elaborate Chicago torture house designed by murderer H.H. Holmes in the 1880s, acid vats and gassing rooms and all, look no further than this documentary.
7. Hiroshima: BBC History of World War II
This BBC documentary, which includes interviews with five Japanese eyewitnesses to the devastating Hiroshima bombing, is terrifying as an account of what humanity is capable of, especially in light of Donald Trump’s recent remarks about nuclear weapons.
6. Grizzly Man
This is a fascinating documentary about the relationship between man and nature, but take note: It is not a heartwarming tale, and it does not have a happy ending.
5. Glory Daze
Michael Alig, a founding member of the New York Club Kids in the ’80s, is the subject of this thrilling and frightening documentary. His antics turn deadly.
4. The Confessions of Thomas Quick
More than your average serial killer documentary, this creepy film examines the story of Sture Ragnar Bergwall, also known as Thomas Quick, a man who confessed to more than 30 murders and then years later withdrew the confessions. The story of how these events came to happen is deeply disturbing.
One of the most effective horror documentaries ever, Cropsey follows its two filmmakers as they embark on a mission to solve the mystery of a number of kidnappings and disappearances that occurred in their hometown during their childhood. The truth is more haunting than you could imagine.
2. Interview With A Serial Killer
This is exactly what it sounds like: a jailhouse interview with serial killer Arthur Shawcross, the Genesee River Killer. He talks about his crimes, and yes, it is terribly creepy and utterly fascinating.
AT THE END NO. 1. Josef Fritzl: Story Of A Monster
Another serial killer documentary, this one examines the life and horrific crimes of Josef Fritzl, who kept his daughter locked in a basement for 24 years and raped her repeatedly, fathering seven children.