There’s something magical about tracking down a movie location or historical setting, and knowing that you’re occupying the same space. When it comes to horror movie filming locations, you just have to be brave enough to visit. Or to run away screaming. Dealer’s choice.
You can stroll through the famous cemetery from Night of the Living Dead, walk up (and don’t fall down) the Exorcist stairs, and even stay the night at a few of these chilling filming spots.
Some of these locations are in on the fun, encouraging the curious to stop by. But others are private property and even peoples’ homes, so use your discretion and be on your best behavior. If not, be prepared to add to the lore of the site.
Without further ado, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most famous horror movie filming locations, with addresses. Be cautious if you’re intrepid enough to visit. And don’t forget to look over your shoulder.
28 Infamous Horror Movie Filming Locations
1. The Timberline Lodge, Government Camp, OR
As Stephen King wrote The Shining – the novel the film was based on – he was inspired by Colorado’s Stanley Hotel. But the fictional Overlook Hotel in Stanley Kubrick’s iconic movie is actually the Timberline Lodge in Mount Hood, Oregon.
If you check in for a ski trip, just don’t stay in room 217. Or 237. Better yet, avoid the second floor entirely. You’re welcome!
Location: 27500 E Timberline Road, Government Camp, OR 97028
2. The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Santa Cruz, CA
Crank up the Tim Capello sax solo, brush out your mullet, and walk the same boardwalk that was immortalized in The Lost Boys. You’ll want to take a selfie on the Looff carousel, for sure.
Jordan Peele also used the spot in Us for some awesome fan service, with a reference to the “movie shooting by the carousel,” as if Us takes place in the same universe as The Lost Boys. Hey, stranger things have happened. But we aren’t talking about Netflix rn.
Location: 400 Beach St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
3. Evans City Cemetery, Evans City, PA
Night of the Living Dead opens with a scene in this cemetery in Evans City, Pennsylvania. After Johnny jokes to Barbara that “they’re coming to get you,” she clings to a tombstone as Johnny is attacked by a zombie. Instant Karma. Taylor Swift would approve.
Location: 8000 Franklin Rd, Evans City, PA 16033
4. Monroeville Mall, Monroeville, PA
George Romero’s 1978 Dawn of the Dead is still one of the most memorable zombie movies of all time, mostly due to the shopping mall setting. Not only is the building still there – the mall in Monroeville, Pennsylvania, is still an active mall.
That’s right, you can pay tribute to Romero and shop at Bath & Body Works at the same time. You spoil us.
Location: 200 Mall Cir Dr, Monroeville, PA 15146
5. Camp NoBeBoSco, Hardwick Township, NJ
This campground was the setting of the fictional Camp Crystal Lake in Friday the 13th. The property isn’t open to visitors all the time, but you can take a tour and even stay overnight at special events.
We’re not sure we’d recommend swimming, though. Or hooking up. We love when being painfully single comes in handy.
Location: 11 Sand Pond Rd, Hardwick Township, NJ 07825
6. The Gas Station, Bastrop, TX
In 1974’s The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Final Girl Sally Hardesty flees from Leatherface and his chain saw to this gas station, believing herself saved.
But is that barbecue we smell? Probably, because The Gas Station is now a gore fan’s tourist stop, serving the family’s favorite dish and selling merch. Because barbecue is exactly what you want to eat when you think about that film.
You can even stay the night in a cabin—if you dare.
Location: 1073 TX-304, Bastrop, TX 78602
7. The Exorcist Steps, Washington, D.C.
A steep yet unassuming stone staircase in Washington, D.C.’s Georgetown neighborhood will forever be associated with the fatal tumble taken by Father Damien Karras. Visit the site where every D.C. punk band took their band photos.
Oh and uh, leave the heels at home. You just never know.
Location: 3520 Prospect Street, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20007
8. Seneca Creek State Park, Gaithersburg, MD
This park in Maryland stood in for the “Black Hills Forest” in the ground-breaking and terrifying The Blair Witch Project.
If we find an abandoned house in the park, we will be standing in the corner for a pic. Say what you want about selfie culture, we can’t help ourselves.
Location: 11950 Clopper Rd, Gaithersburg, MD 20878
9. Buffalo Bill’s House, Perryopolis, PA
This Pennsylvania house was featured in The Silence of the Lambs as the home of killer Buffalo Bill. It’s now a guest house that offers a “workshop of horrors” and a replica interactive well.
And no, workshop of horrors isn’t a fancy name for that professional development class you have to sit in.
Location: 8 Circle St, Perryopolis, PA 15473
10. The Amityville Horror House, Toms River, NJ
There are actually two houses of note for this 1979 paranormal horror classic that was based on an allegedly true case. The house that appeared in the film is located in Toms River, New Jersey. It was remodeled to resemble the house in Amityville, Long Island, which is where the Lutz family claimed to have been supernaturally terrorized.
It didn’t help that they moved in after Ronald DeFeo Jr. murdered six members of his family there. Both of these houses are private homes now. So yeah, people actually live there. Brave enough to ring the doorbell and trick-or-treat there on Halloween?
NJ location: 18 Brooks Rd, Toms River, NJ 08753
NY location: 108 Ocean Ave, Amityville, NY 11701
11. The Dakota, New York, NY
In Rosemary’s Baby, this iconic Manhattan apartment building was home to expectant mother Rosemary, her husband, Guy Woodhouse, and some neighbors with more than a casual interest in the baby. Who has his father’s eyes.
The real-life Dakota has claimed many influential residents over the years, including Lauren Bacall, Jack Palance, and Boris Karloff. One of the most famous residents, John Lennon, was assassinated just outside the building in 1980. Talk about unfortunate luck.
Location: 1 W 72nd St, New York, NY 10023
12. Oak Alley Plantation, Vacherie, LA
In 1994’s Interview With a Vampire, Louis de Pointe du Lac calls this grand mansion on the Mississippi River home. Located in Vacherie, Louisiana, this was where Louis and Lestat first cohabitate until the enslaved workers catch onto their undead state, and they are forced to flee to New Orleans.
Coincidentally, fleeing to New Orleans is what we do every time we get a hankering for a beignet. Which is most Thursdays.
Location: 3645 LA-18, Vacherie, LA 70090
13. The Poltergeist House, Simi Valley, CA
This house was used for the exterior shots of the house in the 1982 film The Poltergeist. The home was infamously constructed in a development built atop an old cemetery. And (spoiler alert!) they “left the bodies and only moved the headstones.” We can’t imagine how that could possible go wrong.
The house in California is a private residence. If you drive by to snap a pic, don’t disturb the residents or step on to their property. You don’t want that clown coming after you, do you?
Location: 4267 Roxbury St, Simi Valley, CA 93063
14. The Colonial Theater, Phoenixville, PA
While not too terrifying by today’s standards, 1958’s The Blob is still a beloved horror film. So beloved that every year, the town of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, hosts Blob Fest, a convention of horror and B-movie fans.
Attendees are encouraged to run screaming out of the Colonial Theater to reenact a famous scene from the film. No, really. Unsuspecting tourists, take note.
Location: 227 Bridge St, Phoenixville, PA 19460
15. Joseph Sylvia State Beach, Edgartown, MA
Despite its New York setting, Jaws was filmed in Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts. The most well-known filming spot is this two-mile long beach where the killer great white shark hunted its victims. So yeah, you will almost definitely need a bigger boat.
Location: 267-125 Seaview Ave, Edgartown, MA 02539
16. Nancy Thompson’s House, Los Angeles, CA
We guess Nightmare on North Genesee Avenue didn’t have the same ring to it. Nancy’s house in 1984’s A Nightmare on Elm Street is located at number 1428 on that avenue in Los Angeles. It’s a mouthful, don’t make us say it again.
Location: 1428 N Genesee Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
17. Wattles Mansion, Los Angeles, CA
This stately house where the Ghoulies lived is located right at the edge of Runyon Canyon in Los Angeles. The mansion at 1824 N. Curson Avenue used to be rentable for weddings and other events, but it’s not open at this time. We mourn for all those romantic moments lost.
Location: 1824 N. Curson Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
18. Michael Myers’ House, Pasadena, CA
The home where good ol’ Mike lived as a child is located in charming South Pasadena, California. It may not look exactly how you expect, as the house was actually relocated from its original spot at 707 Meridian Avenue and now is across from the Gold Line.
Like Michael himself, the house can be moved, but never defeated. And a coat of paint works wonders.
Location: 1000 Mission St, S Pasadena, CA 91030
19. Laurie Strode’s House, Pasadena, CA
Also in South Pasadena, Laurie’s Halloween house is just a few blocks away from young Michael’s former abode. The cooperative residents have been known to leave pumpkins outside for fans to pose with.
If by “fans” you really mean squirrels, same here.
Location: 1115 Oxley St, S Pasadena, CA 91030
20. The Hedge from “Halloween,” Pasadena, CA
When we think of Michael Myers, we picture him peeking out from behind the hedge. Luckily, that hedge still exists between 1019 and 1025 Montrose Avenue. We can practically hear it calling our names. Unless the voices are back.
Location: 1019 Montrose Ave, S Pasadena, CA 91030
21. Thomas W. Phillips House, Los Angeles, CA
There is a lot of history at this house, which portrayed the exterior of the funeral home in the underrated The People Under the Stairs. The looming Los Angeles mansion was also previously the home of actress Butterfly McQueen.
Oh, and it also looks like a lot of other houses we cannot afford when we scroll through Zillow. But pop off, Butterfly.
Location: 2215 S Harvard Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90018
22. Dunsmuir-Hellman Historic Estate, Oakland, CA
This mansion in Oakland, California, sat in for the mortuary in 1979’s Phantasm. We can’t say we really understand Phantasm, but we know enough to fear The Tall Man. Not the one you forget’s name who works in accounting.
Location: 2960 Peralta Oaks Ct, Oakland, CA 94605
23. Old Bishop House, Old Saybrook, CT
The crumbling Victorian home used for exterior shots in 1971’s Let’s Scare Jessica to Death is as much a character in the film as any of the actors. And it still stands, in Old Saybrook, Connecticut.
It’s also for sale. But, like, sorry, no. And that response has nothing to do with the nearly $6 million price tag.
Location: 230 Middlesex Turnpike, Old Saybrook, CT 06475
24. Mount Hope Cemetery, Bangor, ME
With the new Pet Sematary: Bloodlines movie coming out, we’re in the mood for a rewatch of the original. Look for Stephen King’s cameo in the cemetery, which is located in Bangor, Maine.
Leave your shovel in the car, please. Oh alright, but only cause it’s snowing.
Location: 1048 State St, Bangor, ME 04401
25. Morristown, Tennessee
While the cabin itself doesn’t exist anymore, this is the spot where Ash fought the Deadites in The Evil Dead. Despite all of the intrepid souls who have made the pilgrimage to collect dirt from the site to sell at horror cons, it’s technically private property.
So keep out, or they might swallow your soul. I mean, not like you have better things to do.
Location: 2321 Inman Bend Rd, Morristown, TN 37814
26. Bronson Canyon, Los Angeles, CA
This spooky cavern in Los Angeles’ Griffith Park is probably most familiar if you’ve seen 1956’s Invasion of the Body Snatchers. If you visit, we don’t recommend catching some Z’s while you’re there. Only partly because it’s rude to sleep in other people’s caves.
Bonus fun fact: The canyon is also where Adam West’s Batmobile exited the Bat Cave in the 1960s Batman TV series.
Location: 3200 Canyon Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90068
27. The Haunting Mansion
Start planning your spooky honeymoon now. The stately Ettington Park Hotel in Stratford-upon-Avon, England, featured in the 1963 ghost story The Haunting is still accepting visitors. Preferably those still firmly planted in the land of the living.
Location: Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 8BU, United Kingdom
28. Hook & Ladder Company 8, New York, NY
Don’t get in the way while snapping your pics at this location in Manhattan’s Tribeca neighborhood, as it’s still an active firehouse. But it happens to be the one featured in Ghostbusters.
And these members of New York’s Bravest are good sports, as the building proudly displays the Ghostbusters logo on the front. If you look closely, you may see a fire engine with an ECTO-1 license plate.
Location: 14 N Moore St, New York, NY 10013
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