All of the scariest ghost stories are based on true events and real-life experiences. Stories like the infamous Anabelle doll, the Amityville house and the experiences of the Perron family that inspired the movie "The Conjuring" are all examples of terrifying real-life ghost stories.
Ghosts and spooky tales about them are culturally universal concepts. This is evident in films from around the world. No matter which culture is studied, ghosts are a major part of its cinematic folklore. In Mexico, one of the country's most popular horror films is Guillermo del Toro's, "The Devil's Backbone." In Japan, horror films about ghosts include "Ringu" and "Ju-On," which are the original versions of "The Ring" and "The Grudge," respectively.