From <i>The Exorcist</i> stairs to <i>Pyscho</i>'s Bates mansion, take a closer look at the film locations of the some of the scariest horror movies ever made.
Hitchcock fans can see the famous <i>Psycho</i> film set for themselves at the Universal Studios Hollywood theme park in <a href="http://www.travelchannel.com/destinations/los-angeles">Los Angeles</a>, where the signature Studio Tour takes visitors by the legendary Bates Motel and the Bates’ mansion.
In <i>Silence of the Lambs</i>, Jodie Foster plays an FBI agent who enlists the help of a serial killer named Hannibal Lecter in order to catch another killer. During her investigation, she visits the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in <a href="http://www.travelchannel.com/video/don-dives-under-pittsburgh">Pittsburgh</a> to meet up with an entomologist. The museum is organized into 20 galleries and has exhibits on insects, mammals, botany, dinosaurs and fossils, gems, minerals, geology and several areas of anthropology.
In the sequel to the chilling <i>Silence of the Lambs</i>, Hannibal Lecter moves his killings abroad to <a href="http://www.travelchannel.com/destinations/florence/photos/best-of-florence-italy"> Florence, Italy</a>. Hannibal becomes a curator of the Capponi Library and lives in Palazzo Capponi, a Florentine palace that dates back to the 1400s and holds some of the city’s most impressive pieces of art. Across the Arno River, the gruesome balcony scene at Palazzo Vecchio was inspired by real-life killings that took place here in medieval times.
Remember the scene from <i>The Omen</i> in which a priest gets impaled by a lighting conductor? It was filmed in <a href="http://www.travelchannel.com/video/top-10-attractions-in-london"> London’s </a> All Saints Church, Fulham, an Anglican church located in Bishop’s Park on the banks of the River Thames.
If you dare, you can drive by the seemingly perfect house that turns into a nightmare in the 1979 classic <i> <a href="http://www.travelchannel.com/video/assessing-amityville"> The Amityville Horror</a></i>. The colonial house in <a href="http://www.travelchannel.com/tv-shows/man-v-food/photos/long-island-photos"> Long Island, NY</a> is said to now be haunted only by film fans who like to ring the doorbell … and run!
In the horror movie <i>Rosemary's Baby</i>, the Dakota (known in the film as the Bramford) was the Gothic building where newlyweds Rosemary and Guy Woodhouse made a home and encountered their satanic neighbors. The Dakota was built in the 1880s and is located at 72nd Street and Central Park West in <a href="http://www.travelchannel.com/tv-shows/bizarre-foods/photos/new-york-city"> New York City</a>. Known as one of the most exclusive buildings in the city, it has drawn residents including Lauren Bacall, Connie Chung and Paul Simon. The building was also the home of Beatles singer John Lennon and the scene of his tragic murder in 1980.
Despite being set in the fictional town of Haddonfield, IL, <i>Halloween</i> used Griffith Park in Los Angeles as the wooded backdrop for the murder of school bully Wesley by 10-year-old Michael Myers. That moment starts his killing spree. Griffith Park has more than 4,210 acres of land, which includes picnic areas, hiking trails, mountain roads, playgrounds and tennis courts.
In the 1957 horror movie <i>The Undead</i>, 2 psychics send a woman back in time to learn about her past. She awakens as a woman accused of being a witch in medieval times. The Spadena House, also known as the Witch's House, is located in <a href=”http://www.travelchannel.com/interests/arts-and-culture/photos/iconic-hollywood”> Beverly Hills</a> and is where — you guessed it — the witch lived. Its odd-shaped roof and color make it look like something out of <i>Hansel and Gretel</i>, providing the perfect setting for this movie. The house is privately owned and was also seen in the movie <i>Clueless</i>.
The <i>Exorcist</i> steps, located at the end of M Street in Georgetown, are a popular tourist location for movie buffs in <a href=”http://www.travelchannel.com/interests/arts-and-culture/photos/u-street-tour”>Washington, DC</a>. In the movie, Father Karras is possessed by a demon as he tries to save Regan. While the demon has control of Karras' body, he throws himself out a window and tumbles down these stairs to his death. The stairs were padded with rubber so the stuntman, who performed 2 takes, was protected.
<i>Interview With the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles</i> is the story of the vampire Lestat, who transforms a man named Louis into a fellow bloodsucker. When Lestat first encounters Louis in <a href=”http://www.travelchannel.com/video/andrews-top-cajun-moments“>Louisiana</a>, he is living on a beautiful estate. Louis' home is actually Oak Alley Plantation, which is on the Mississippi River in Vacherie, LA, and was originally a sugar-cane plantation. The estate is now open to the public and run by a non-profit. It is protected as a National Historic Landmark.
The Blairstown Diner in <a href=” http://www.travelchannel.com/video/new-jerseys-deep-fried-dogs-12137 “>New Jersey</a> was used in the filming of the horror movie <i>Friday the 13th</i>. In the horror movie, the owner of Camp Crystal Lake goes into town to get supplies and stops at the diner. Meanwhile, his entire staff is being sliced up by an unseen killer back at the camp. Despite its gory Hollywood history, Tthe Blairstown Diner is a family-friendly restaurant that serves up classic American fare, including burgers, s
<i>The Blair Witch Project</i> is the story of three college filmmakers who traveled to Burkittsville, MD, to shoot a documentary on the legend of the Blair Witch but were never heard from again. The film is supposedly the students’ lost footage and is very realistic. Some of the movie was shot in the real town of Burkittsville, which is located in <a href=”http://www.travelchannel.com/interests/road-trips/articles/historic-national-road“>Fredrick County, MD</a>. The rural town is a little more than an hour from Baltimore and has fewer than 200 residents.
In the 2010 remake of the 1941 film <i>The Wolfman</i>, the Talbot family lives on an estate called Talbot Hall. Members of the family end up becoming the murderous werewolves. Talbot Hall is really the Chatsworth House in Derbyshire, England, which is the home of the Duke of Devonshire and his family. The estate has 35,000 acres and includes gardens, towers, stables and shops. The 11th duke has opened the estate up to the public, granting much wider access to the property.
The British-American horror film <i>An American Werewolf in London</i> is the story of 2 Americans who end up being attacked by a werewolf. One of them, Jack, is killed, and the other, David, gains the ability to turn into the animal at night. David and reanimated versions of Jack and the victims of David's werewolf murder spree meet up in a movie theater in West <a href="http://www.travelchannel.com/interests/girl-getaways/articles/london-weekend-guide">London's</a> Piccadilly Circus. The theater was a re-creation of the old Eros News Theatre, which is now a Gap clothing store on the corner of Shaftesbury Avenue in Piccadilly Circus.
In the popular horror movie series <i>A Nightmare on Elm Street</i>, some high school kids' dreams are invaded by a man named Freddy Krueger, who slashes and kills them. Those dreams soon become reality, sending the whole town into panic mode. John Marshall High School was used for the exterior shots of the high school that the teenagers attend. The <a href=”http://www.travelchannel.com/tv-shows/ghost-adventures/articles/linda-vista-haunted-history“>Los Angeles</a> school serves grades 9-12 and has been used in numerous other movies, as well as TV shows and music videos.
Based on the book by Stephen King, <i>The Shining</i> stars Jack Nicholson as writer Jack Torrance, who takes a job as the winter caretaker of an old hotel. Torrance slowly becomes influenced by the ghosts that haunt the hotel and tries to kill his wife and son. The setting for the movie was inspired by the Stanley Hotel in <a href=”http://www.travelchannel.com/video/escape-to-colorado-ghost-town“>Colorado</a>. For the movie, exterior shots of the fictional Overlook Hotel were actually the Timberline Lodge in Mount Hood, <a href=”http://www.travelchannel.com/tv-shows/edge-of-america/photos/edge-of-america-oregon-pictures”>OR</a>. The lodge is a popular ski destination, and several other movies have been shot there.