Horror fanatics have an unexplainable craving to experience terrifying things year-round. Some do this by watching classic horror films on Netflix, while others venture off and actually visit the sets from these movies. Most of these places are real-life locations that can be visited throughout the year, and they typically don’t hold any eerie auras. However, a few of these places do have a history for being haunted and only the bravest of souls dare to venture there.
Whether it’s October and you’re looking for a little spooky sight-seeing or its springtime and you’re just having horror withdrawals, you can visit these 10 real-life horror movie locations right now.
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10 The Stanley Hotel – The Shining
The Stanley Hotel was renamed the Overlook Hotel for Stephen King’s 1977 novel film adaptation of The Shining. This hotel has been around since 1909, though there were never ghostly sightings here. That is, until after the filming of the famous horror story was filmed there. Now, people speak of paranormal sighting on a regular basis. The hotel has been visited be expert paranormal investigators and appears on shows like Ghost Hunters. The hotel hosts a glorious hedge, a concert hall, and 142-rooms that you can actually stay at.
9 The Exorcist Stairs
Location: Washington D.C.
In the 1973 frightening film, The Exorcist, these steps play a prominent feature. They highlight the scene in which Father Damien Karras falls to his death. Back when stuntmen filmed the scenes, college students charged $5 a head to watch from the neighboring rooftops.
This location is now declared an official landmark and acts a busy tourist attraction. Travelers can now see a laminated plaque at the base of the stairs noting its cinematic relevance in history.
8 Myers Family House – Halloween
Location: South Pasadena, California
Although Halloween is set in Illinois, the house of Michael Myers is formally located in California. At the time of filming (1978), the quaint little house had been left abandoned and so became a key setting in John Carpenter’s cult classic. The house remained barren for a while, but it has since been moved. It now resides on the east side of Meridian by the railroad tracks, and it’s now used as a chiropractor’s office (The Algeria Chiropractic Center).
7 Camp No-Be-Bo-Sco – Friday the 13th
Location: New Jersey
Camp No-Be-Bo-Sco is a Boy Scout Camp that opened in 1927 in northwestern New Jersey. It served as the primary backdrop in the slasher film, Friday the 13th. In the film, a group of teenage camp counselors is murdered one-by-one throughout the grounds. Today, it still serves as a thriving Boy Scout Camp, but also offer guided tours for the film fanatics who want to get a deeper look into the intricate setting.
6 The Amityville Horror House
Location: Long Island, New York
Because this story is based on the real-life events of a murderous rampage in 1974, it is the most notorious spot for hauntings. Shortly after Ronald DeFeo, Jr. murdered six members of his own family, the Lutz family moved in. The Amityville Horror is a summary of the events that took place according to the Lutz family. People can visit the unoccupied home in its current state, but many people say that they feel spooked before they even reach the front lawn.
5 Evans City Cemetery – Night of the Living Dead
The opening scene for Night of the Living Dead was filmed in Evans City, Pennsylvania in a real graveyard. The film needed a base for the premise of the movie which involves graveyard inhabitants coming back to life.
Evans City Cemetary can be found just off the road. Passerbys who chose to stop in will recognize some of its tombstones. There is also a small Night of the Living Dead museum nearby where travelers can learn about zombies in cinema and pop culture. There are also some interactive experiences and a gift shop where you can buy a souvenir or two.
4 Black Rock Mill – The Blair Witch Project
The Blair Witch Project is a mockumentary that almost fooled everyone in 1999. The film gives the illusion of “lost” video footage of teens who have wandered out to explore Black Rock. The film-makers hope to learn about the Maryland town’s infamous Blair Witch and are unexpectedly caught in the midst of paranormal activity.
The legend of the Blair Witch, as well as the film itself, is a fictional story, though Black Rock is very real. Black Rock Mill is located in Montgomery County, Maryland. This is the structure where the remaining student film-makers meet their end in the film. Anyone can hike up the old mill on the Seneca Creek Greenway Trail.
3 Buffalo Bill’s House – Silence of the Lambs
The tale of the notorious serial killer, “Buffalo Bill”, made even the bravest viewers cover their eyes. The Silence of the Lambs is another cult classic that horror fans have been rewatching since 1991. Jame Gumb lived in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania home where he kept FBI trainee Clarice Starling locked in a well.
The home really exists in Pennsylvania. It actually had a hard time selling for years because of its use in the creepy film. A buyer finally offered half of its $300,000 asking price in 2016. The house is actually more charming on the inside. The filmmakers made it look like a shack from the outside for a more menacing facade.
2 The House from Poltergeist
Location: Simi Valley, California
The house where the Freeling family had a run-in with a technological poltergeist is located in Simi Valley California. It’s a typical suburban home; the only difference between it and its neighbors is that this house frequently has visitors posing in front of it.
There’s not much you can do at the actual home besides take a selfie and gaze into its darkened windows. The site of this cookie-cutter neighborhood was actually discovered to be built on top of a Native American graveyard. It’s is strikingly similar to the story that plays out in the film; the reality gives the place a spooky sense of realism.
1 Ettington Park Hotel – The Haunting of Hill House (1963)
Location: Warwickshire, England
Shirley Jackson’s 1959 novel, The Haunting of Hill House, is the inspiration behind numerous popular media projects. Last year, Netflix released the most current iteration which chilled audiences to the bone. The novel had previously been made into a film in 1963 in The Haunting. In this version, the exterior of the home is the Ettington Park Hotel in England. The English manor reportedly had cast members of the 1963 movie feeling uncomfortable. They reported feeling a strange and somber atmosphere surrounding the striking abode.
The home is now used frequently for events and weddings. It’s labeled a luxury hotel and travelers can make their own reservations in time for Netflix’s second season of The Haunting of Hill House.