Killer Destinations

Check out infamous locations made famous by some of the most heinous serial killers in history.

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Halloween decorated house

Halloween decorated house

This house has been invaded by jack-o-lanterns to celebrate the Halloween season. 960 1280

  

Zombie Prom

Zombie Prom

Halloween fans dress up and celebrate the spirits at the Zombie Prom. 960 1280

  

Live Not On Evil performs at the Zombie Prom

Live Not On Evil performs at the Zombie Prom

Punk/metal band Live Not On Evil performs at the Zombie Prom in Philly. 960 1280

  

Zombie Prom

Zombie Prom

A shot of the crowd at the Zombie Prom. What a scary group! 960 1280

  

Large Pumpkin at Cool Patch Pumpkins

Large Pumpkin at Cool Patch Pumpkins

Check out the huge pumpkin at Cool Patch Pumpkins in Dixon, CA. That thing has got to weigh a ton! 960 1280

  

Cool Patch Pumpkins

Cool Patch Pumpkins

Folks love to hunt for the perfect pumpkin in the fields at Cool Patch Pumpkin. 960 1280

  

The Darkness

The Darkness

The Darkness ... your ride to the afterlife. Care to get in? 960 1280

  

Necropolis 13 Haunted House

Necropolis 13 Haunted House

Want to hang out with these guys for an evening? Head to Necropolis 13 in Baton Rouge, LA. 960 1280

  

Necropolis 13 cemetery

Necropolis 13 cemetery

It looks innocent during the day, but at night this Necropolis 13 cemetery is filled with some terrifying creatures. Beware! 960 1280

  

The Dent School House

The Dent School House

The Dent School House is Cincinnati's most haunted attraction. Be sure to check out Zombie Night and Detention Hall for a good scare. 960 1280

  

13th gate

13th gate

Greetings from the dead who guard the 13th Gate at this haunted house. 960 1280

  

Ray Vilafane's pumpkin carving

Ray Vilafane's pumpkin carving

Check out this Ray Vilafane's pumpkin carving. Looks like he is ready to do some carving of his own. 960 1280

  

Universal Studios in Los Angeles

Universal Studios in Los Angeles

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. 960 1280

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Carnegie Museum of Natural History

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. 960 1280

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Palazzo Capponi

Palazzo Capponi

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. 960 1280

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The Omen

The Omen

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. 960 1280

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The Amityville Horror

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! 960 1280

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Rosemary's Baby

Rosemary's Baby

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. 960 1280

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Griffith Park

Griffith Park

Despite being set in the fictional town of Haddonfield, IL, 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. 960 1280

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The Undead

The Undead

In the 1957 horror movie The Undead, 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 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. 960 1280

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Washington, DC

Washington, DC

The Exorcist steps, located at the end of M Street in Georgetown, are a popular tourist location for movie buffs in Washington, DC. 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. 960 1280

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Interview with the Vampire

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, LA. 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. 960 1280

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Friday the 13th

Friday the 13th

The Blairstown Diner in New Jersey was used in the filming of the horror movie Friday the 13th. 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, the Blairstown Diner is a family-friendly restaurant that serves up classic American fare. 960 1280

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Burkittsville, MD Cementary

Burkittsville, MD Cementary

The Blair Witch Project 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 Fredrick County, MD. The rural town is a little more than an hour from Baltimore and has fewer than 200 residents. 960 1280

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The Wolfman

The Wolfman

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. 960 1280

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Piccadilly Circus

Piccadilly Circus

The British-American horror film An American Werewolf in London 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 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. 960 1280

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John Marshall High School

John Marshall High School

In the popular horror movie series A Nightmare on Elm Street, 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 Los Angeles school serves grades 9-12 and has been used in numerous other movies, as well as TV shows and music videos. 960 1280

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The Shining

The Shining

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, OR. The lodge is a popular ski destination, and several other movies have been shot there. 960 1280

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1. Mercy Brown's Grave

1. Mercy Brown's Grave

Located in a church cemetery in Exeter, RI, is the grave of Mercy Brown, aka “New England’s Last Vampire.” When she died in 1892 at the age of 19, Mercy was the third member of her family to succumb to tuberculosis (aka "consumption"). As part of the larger 19th-century New England vampire panic, some folks believed Mercy was feeding off humans, so they exhumed her body and burned her heart, giving a mixture of the ashes to her sick brother to ward off evil. 960 1280

  

2. Vampire Lestat Reunion Ball

2. Vampire Lestat Reunion Ball

Hosted by the Anne Rice Vampire Lestat Fan Club, this annual New Orleans ball celebrates 25 years in 2013. The Interview With The Vampire scribe herself will be in attendance for the 25th anniversary, which also includes elaborate costumes, live music and an auction. The ball is also held in conjunction with the club’s UndeadCon literary convention. 960 1280

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3. Endless Night Vampire Ball

3. Endless Night Vampire Ball

Described as a “Venetian masquerade ball mixed with a vampire court,” this gala is the pretty much the hottest vampire party around. Founded in New York City in 1996 by modern vampire personality (and author/fangsmith) Father Sebastiaan, the gala is held in NYC (on Halloween Night), as well as in Berlin, Paris, London and Amsterdam, while the main event takes place in New Orleans and lasts from 9 p.m. until 4 p.m. the next day. 960 1280

Endless Night Vampire Ball  

4. Transylvania, Romania

4. Transylvania, Romania

This region in central Romania is inextricably linked to vampires. The town of Sighisoara was the supposed birthplace of Vlad the Impaler, the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Today, you can visit the Sighisoara home where Vlad was supposedly born, as well as Poenari Fortress, Bran Castle and Hunyad Castle, all of which claim to be the “real” Dracula’s Castle. Also visit Transylvania’s Tihuta Pass, a high mountain pass in the scenic Carpathians, where Stoker set part of his novel. 960 1280

Hotel Castle Dracula   

5. Forks, Washington

5. Forks, Washington

Once largely known as a logging and sport fishing town, Forks is now largely associated with Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight Saga books. The town puts on “Twilight” tours of book locations, such as the Swan and Cullen homes, and the La Push community, which is home to the real-life Quileute tribe of the fictional Jacob Black. A Stephenie Meyer Days celebration is held the weekend closest to character Bella Swan’s birthday of Sept. 13. 960 1280

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6. Mystic Falls Tours (Covington, GA)

6. Mystic Falls Tours (Covington, GA)

The Vampire Diaries’ fictional town of Mystic Falls, VA, is actually Covington, GA, located about 30 miles from Atlanta. Covington is also home to the Mystic Falls Tours, a year-round 3-hour excursion that gives fans extensive peeks into sets around town -- such as the Mystic Grill, the Town Square and the Gilbert House. Fans also see film sets, such as the show’s Lockwood Mansion (the Worthington Manor, in real life). And while the tour organizers can’t promise it, visitors do occasionally encounter filming in progress. 960 1280

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7. Whitby, North Yorkshire, England

7. Whitby, North Yorkshire, England

Though London's Highgate suburb is a close contender, this English town on the Yorkshire Coast is arguably the more important Dracula town in all of England, having figured prominently in Bram Stoker's Dracula as the place where the Russian schooner Demeter crashed ashore. The book is celebrated through the biannual Whitby Gothic Weekend, as well as at the Bram Stoker's Dracula Experience fun house. A visit to Whitby also requires a visit to the Bram Stoker Memorial Seat at the south end of Spion Kop on the West Cliff, which inspired Stoker to set part of his novel here. 960 1280

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8. Los Angeles

8. Los Angeles

The City of Angels is also the city of the undead -- if you know where to look. A must-stop is the Vampire Lounge and Tasting Room, which rumor has is owned by a coven of vamps. Fans of True Blood should visit Alex’s Bar in Long Beach, the filming location for vampire bar Fangtasia. And if your blood runs hot for Buffy the Vampire Slayer, check out Frank Lloyd Wright’s Ennis House, which served as Angel’s mansion, and Torrance High School, also known as Sunnydale High. 960 1280

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9. Prague

9. Prague

Very few “real” vampire (or revenant) graves from the ancient past have ever been discovered, all of which makes a 1,000-year-old site, with 14 bodies in it, discovered near Prague, in the town of Celakovice, so unusual. The bodies had been decapitated and weighted down, along with other measures, to prevent them from becoming vamps. Beyond this gravesite, Prague abounds with vampire lore and local tours about its undead residents. 960 1280

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10. Musee des Vampires (Paris)

10. Musee des Vampires (Paris)

Paris is frequently featured in vampire fiction, because the City of Light can also become a macabre City of Darkness. The ultimate vampire destination in Paris is the Musee des Vampires. Behind the red door of this by-appointment-only museum is a rich collection of vampire artwork, books and masks. Additionally, the museum hosts a nightly banquet that includes a guided tour, discussions and games. 960 1280

Musee des Vampires  

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