Horror Movie Locations
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Hitchcock fans can see the famous Psycho film set for themselves at the Universal Studios Hollywood theme park in Los Angeles, where the signature Studio Tour takes visitors by the legendary Bates Motel and the Bates’ mansion.
Carnegie Museum of Natural History
In Silence of the Lambs, 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 Pittsburgh 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 Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal Lecter moves his killings abroad to Florence, Italy. 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 the original Omen in which a priest gets impaled by a lighting conductor? It was filmed in London’s All Saints Church, an Anglican church located in Bishop’s Park on the banks of the River Thames.
The Amityville Horror
If you dare, you can drive by the seemingly-perfect-turned-nightmare house from the 1979 classic The Amityville Horror. The Long Island colonial house is said to now only be haunted by film fans who like to ring the doorbell … and run!
In the horror movie Rosemary's Baby, 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 New York City. 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, Illinois, Halloween 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 The Undead, two 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 Beverly Hills and is where — you guessed it — the witch lived. Its odd-shaped roof and color make it look like something out of Hansel and Gretel, providing the perfect setting for this movie. The house is privately owned and was also seen in the movie Clueless.
The Exorcist steps, located at the end of M Street in Georgetown, are a popular tourist location for movie buffs in Washington, D.C. 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 two takes, was protected.
Interview with the Vampire
Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles is the story of vampire Lestat who transforms a man named Louis into a vampire. When Lestat first encounters Louis in Louisiana, he is living on a beautiful estate. Louis's home is actually Oak Alley Plantation on the Mississippi River in Vacherie, Louisiana. 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 Blair Witch Project is the story of three college filmmakers who traveled to Burkittsville, Maryland, 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 Fredrick County, Maryland. 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 The Wolfman, 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 An American Werewolf in London is the story of two 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 London's 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.
Based on the book by Stephen King, The Shining 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 Colorado. For the movie, exterior shots of the fictional Overlook Hotel were actually the Timberline Lodge in Mount Hood, Oregon. The lodge is a popular ski destination, and several other movies have been shot there.