Many of these famous scary Halloween houses still stand today.
Don’t be tricked or treated into these homes this Halloween.
When it comes to horror movies, many places are just as famous as the characters. Whether a haunted house in a movie or set in a creepy location, many of these famous horror houses still stand today.
the Amityville Horror
In 1974, 23-year-old Ronald DeFeo Jr. shot and killed his parents and his siblings while they were sleeping in their bed. A year later, a new family, the Lutz, purchased the DeFeo home known as “The Amityville Horror” house. After moving to Long Island, New York, the family reportedly experienced supernatural events and were evicted. The actual house still stands and has become a bit of a tourist attraction and was featured in several “Amityville Horror” films based on the original, “true” story.
Similar to “The Amityville Horror”, the film “The Conjuring” claims to be based on a true story. In addition, like the Amityville House, the Rhode Island residence was investigated by real-life ghost hunters Ed and Lorraine Warren.
While the house and its story were relatively unknown prior to the film, it has since gained notoriety. The house was recently put up for sale by its owners, who only bought the property back in 2019. Haunting incidents still happen in the home, though that hasn’t stopped the owners from booking overnight guests in search of a spooky experience.
Fortunately, “Scream” was not based on a true story. However, the scenes in the film were shot in an actual home in Northern California. It was recently announced that the property will be available for booking on Airbnb and will feature the appearance of the Ghostface Killer (or, an actor wearing the iconic mask).
Salem, Mass., is a popular tourist destination around Halloween, linked to the region’s tragic history with witch trials. Many tourists apparently enjoy staying in a private residence that was used in the movie “Hocus Pocus”. The house still has the same exterior that was in the movie and with its location at the end of an alley, it’s an easy spot for fans.
There are a lot of firehouses in New York City, but there is only one that is also famous for fighting ghosts. The Hook & Ladder Company 8 firehouse was used for exterior shots in “Ghostbusters”. The firehouse still stands today and, while it is a fully operational fire station for the FDNY, it has openly carved its place in film history.
It has become a popular place for fans to go and take pictures. Because of their locations, many of the firefighters stationed at the home were some of the first responders to the World Trade Center scene on 9/11.
There are many iconic buildings in New York City that house famous occupants. Dakota Apartments is one such building, located on West 72nd St., near Central Park. While both Judy Garland and John Lennon lived there, the building was also the setting for “Rosemary’s Baby,” a pregnancy-themed horror film starring Mia Farrow.
Sadly, Beetlejuice’s iconic home was merely a facade built for the film. In fact, the entire town of Winter River, Conn., was built just for the film, with interior shots shot on sound stages in California.
Ridley Scott’s classic “Alien” is often called the Haunted House Movie in Space. However, it may come as a surprise that the setting of the film was not actually an actual spaceship. Instead, the dimly lit corridors of The Nostromo were sets built in a studio near London.