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5 Creepy Documentaries

Real Stories. Real Scary.

We wanted to praise some of our favorite creepy documentaries. With the success of "The Jinx", the film The Nightmare, and the podcast "Serial", eerie documentary stories are getting a lot of attention. However, documentary films have always been a great format to creep you out, and keep you up at night. Here are some of our favorite. 

Titicut Follies

Titicut Follies is a 1967 American documentary film directed by Frederick Wiseman. Following the inmates of Bridgewater State Hospital of the criminally insane, Wiseman documents mistreatment, brutality, and irresponsibility.  

The Act of Killing

The Act of Killing, executive produced by Werner Herzog, is a fascinating, exceptional film about former Indonesian death squad leaders reenacting their mass killings through various genres of film. 

Capturing the Friedmans

Capturing the Friedmans was a Sundance winner and Academy Award Nominee in 2003. Portraying the seemingly normal upper-middle class family whose father and youngest son are arrested for child molestation. 

The Imposter

The Imposter is a documentary about Frederic Bourdin who impersonated a boy from Texas who disappeared at the age of 13. The boy's family believed the impersonation for a while even though Frederic looked and sounded nothing like their missing relative. 

Albert Fish

Albert Fish, directed by John Borowski, is a biography of the famed serial killer and cannibal who targeted children.