Indulge your passion for horror this Halloween by having a nose around some of the spookiest film locations in America.
1. 112 Ocean Avenue - The Amityville Horror
Over the years, several books and a string of films have documented the real–life events alleged to have taken place at 112 Ocean Avenue in the Long Island town of Amityville.
Following a mass murder at the property in 1974, the Lutz family moved in one year later but fled in terror soon after, citing chilling stories of paranormal activity, which included cold spots, sightings of a demonic animal and human levitation.
2. Timberline Lodge - The Shining
Exterior shots of the fictional Overlook Hotel that featured in the 1980 horror flick The Shining were taken at the Timberline Lodge, which sits on the slopes of Mount Hood in Oregon.
Despite its famous exterior, the inspiration for the setting of Stephen King’s novel was actually a different but equally remote-looking property, the Stanley Hotel in Colorado.
3. ‘Exorcist’ stairway – The Exorcist
One of the most famous horror movies of all time, The Exorcist tells the supernatural tale of a priest that gets called upon to help a girl possessed by the devil.
The stairway, which features in a famous scene in the 1973 film, can be found in the Georgetown neighbourhood of Washington DC.
4. 8 Hook and Ladder firehouse – Ghostbusters
“Who ya gonna call?” Located at 14 N Moore St in the Tribeca area of New York, the instantly recognisable 8 Hook and Ladder fire station is used in the spooky 1984 comedy Ghostbusters.
Interior shots featuring Egon, Peter, Ray and Winston, were actually filmed almost 3,000 miles away at a decommissioned firehouse in Los Angeles.
5. 1428 N Genesee Avenue, Los Angeles - A Nightmare on Elm Street
This Los Angeles home at 1428 N Genesee Avenue featured in Wes Craven’s 1980s slasher film A Nightmare on Elm Street.
It has undergone some serious renovation work since the movie was shot, although anyone who has seen Freddy Krueger in action would probably feel a little unsettled the first time they drifted off to sleep at this place.
6. Potter Schoolhouse, Bodega Bay – The Birds
The Potter Schoolhouse, located in Bodega Bay, California, was used in Alfred Hitchcock’s famous horror film The Birds (1963).
In one of the tensest scenes in film, teachers and schoolchildren nervously wait in the building while crows gather ominously outside, only to be attacked as they make a break for safety.
7. The Dakota – Rosemary’s Baby
In this super-creepy 1968 film, directed by Roman Polanski, a young couple move into a city apartment before the wife gets pregnant and gives birth to a demonic child.
In real life the exterior of the apartment is the 19th century Dakota building, an exclusive residence in New York that has been home to both rich and famous over the years, including John Lennon and Yoko Ono.
8. 4264 Roxbury Street, Simi Valley, California - Poltergeist
The exterior of 4264 Roxbury Street in Simi Valley, a city about 30 miles from downtown Los Angeles, was used in the 1982 film Poltergeist, a tale about ghosts invading a family home.
Take a stroll of the neighbourhood (via Google Street View) and you’ll find the American suburbia of every 80s film-buff’s imagination.
9. Blairstown diner – Friday the 13th
Blairstown in New Jersey was chosen as a prime filming location for the original 1980 Friday 13th movie, featuring hockey-masked serial killer Jason Voorhees.
The fictional Camp Crystal Lake was filmed at real-life holiday spot Camp NoBeBoSco, while the diner that features in the film is located just outside of town.