While many new-age films heavily rely on special effects and computer-generated monsters, there are still some longstanding horror movies who stepped up their efforts to scare aplenty! So, if you’re ready for a road trip or if you’ll simply be in the area, why not tease your horror-loving heart by paying a visit to a filming location from some of the most devilishly chilling classics? Yes, they do really exist!
A Nightmare on Elm Street: Elm Street house
Where: 1428 N Genesee Ave, Los Angeles, California 90046
Are there any Freddy Krueger fans out there? Well, you’ll be alarmed to learn that the house first introduced as Nancy Thompson’s family home in the ‘84 original film, which continued its use in the seven installments that followed, is a real place that’s located in Los Angeles, California. While its current condition isn’t something out of one of your nightmares, this vibrant filming location looks identical from the street view, featuring the iconic blood-red door and green roof shingles. While you may be disheartened by the fact that the 1428 residence doesn’t reside on Elm Street, you will shriek with excitement when you catch a glimpse at the home where Freddy started his murderous rampage.
Halloween: Michael Myers’ house
Where: North of 1000 Mission St, South Pasadena, California, on the east side of Meridian Ave
Your horror movie props and Michael Myers’ memorabilia could have a fun photo shooting opportunity outside of this haunting movie location. Just a short drive away from the Elm Street house resides the residence where your favorite boogeyman committed his first act of murder. As one of the most recognizable locations in the franchise, the Myers’ house is a Chiropractic Center and unless you’re seeking adjustments from one of the doctors, dedicated fans will have to sneak a peek of the building from across the street.
The Shining: Overlook Hotel
Where: 27500 E Timberline Road, Government Camp, Oregon, 97028
Unlike the two above filming locations, The Timberline Lodge in Northern Oregon is open to the public and since its distinct architecture was used as the exterior image for the infamous Overlook Hotel, it’s worth a pilgrimage up Mt. Hood to have a look and snap a shot! Horror aficionados flock to the lodge to set their sights on this Stephen King masterpiece, in fact, this vibrant ski resort has become quite the pop culture phenomenon, with staff welcoming fans to enjoy the full “Shining” experience. So, bring your horror movie props and plan your visit around one of the hotel’s Shining-themed parties, where the Grady Twins can be seen roaming the halls!
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The gas station
Where: 1073 TX-304, Bastrop, Texas 78602
Another popular spot that embraces the hype of being a horror movie filming location is the gas-station-barbecue-joint that was featured in the cult classic, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. “We Slaughter Barbecue” was once an abandoned, road-side gas station and after the hit film grossed over 30 million, entrepreneurs purchased the property and turned it into a horror-themed restaurant full of Leatherface memorabilia and other horror movie props. Those looking for the ultimate frightful experience can even stay in some spooktacular cabins out behind the station! So, come for the food and stay for the horror-ific experience.
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