What 9 Famous Horror Movie Houses Look Like in Real Life
Visit at your own risk.
Halloween is the time for thinking about trick-or-treating, ghosts and goblins, and some of our favorite horror tales in movie history. With the recent release of Guillermo del Toro's gothic romance Crimson Peak, our minds are clearly on haunted, creepy movie houses that have the power to make your skin crawl. Though movie fans won't be able to visit the run-down mansion in real life (it sadly does not exist), here are nine scary movie homes you can. Check them out at your own risk. You've been warned.
The MacNeil House in The Exorcist
Various renovations were made at the picturesque Washington, D.C. townhouse at 3600 Prospect Street NW ahead of production. For starters, a fake mansard roof was added and an entire left wing built to connect the house to the stairs where Burke Dennings met his untimely fate. All the smoke and mirrors aside, the original Georgetown home still gives us the creeps.
The House in The Amityville Horror (1979)
In 1974, Ronald DeFeo Jr. murdered six members of his family at 112 Ocean Avenue on the south shore of Long Island. Not surprising, production crews were not allowed to film at the actual Dutch Colonial home, and instead choose to renovate a house at 18 Brooks Road in New Jersey. Both the real and film versions of the house still stand today.
The Overlook Hotel in The Shining
The dangers of cabin fever and ghost-filled lodges were brought to life in Stanley Kubrick's famous 1982 horror The Shining. In reality, exterior shots of the now infamous Overlook Hotel were of the Timberline Lodge in Mt. Hood, Oregon. Luckily, a visit to the mountainside hotel today is free of creepy twins and the twisted Jack Torrance.
The Stewart House in The Others
If you find yourself in Northern Spain, Grace Stewart's (Nicole Kidman) country home may be worth a visit. The gorgeous Palacio de Hornillos served as a stand-in for her stately abode, and is situated in a picturesque community of Las Fraguas, Cantabria.
The Freeling House in Poltergeist
The place where scary "TV people" tormented the residents of a quiet suburban home is in Simi Valley, Calif. Though the unmoved corpses of the ancient Native American burial ground probably didn't haunt the cast and production team, something supernatural sure did.
The Bates House in Psycho
Visiting this spooky Victorian is easy. Just hit up the Universal Studios backlot tour. Keep in mind that the house is just a facade and has been rebuilt and reworked several times throughout the years.
Michael Myers' House in Halloween
Slasher film buffs will recognize the Pasadena, Calif. home as the one belonging to the most iconic horror movie killer of all time. The house was abandoned at the time of production and now serves as medical offices that sit across the street from its original location.
The Woodhouse Apartment in Rosemary's Baby
At the luxurious Bramford, creepy old people conducted satanic rituals and scared the hell out of us. Standing in for the imposing structure is The Dakota, a super fancy, real-life apartment building in Manhattan. If the name sounds familiar, you may remember it as the site where John Lennon was fatally shot and killed in 1980.
Nancy's House in A Nightmare on Elm Street
The home of the film's main heroine is not as scary as it would lead you to believe. The famous house with the red door is situated right off Sunset Boulevard in the heart of Hollywood, Calif.