Halloween horror movie homes and the stories behind them: Would you dare to visit?
Spooky season is near, and spine-chilling movies may put people in the Halloween spirit.
But have you ever wondered if the homes from your favorite horror movies actually exist?
Ahead of Halloween, here are real-life dwellings and sites where some of your favorite scary flicks were filmed.
Would you dare to visit?
In 1974, 23-year-old Ronald DeFeo Jr. shot and killed his parents and his siblings while they slept in their beds.
One year later, a new family, the Lutz family, purchased the DeFeo home, which has been known as “The Amityville Horror” house.
After moving into the Long Island, New York, dwelling, the family reportedly experienced supernatural phenomena and were driven from the home — as the 1977 book and 1979 movie show.
The actual home still stands. It’s become a bit of a tourist attraction and was depicted in multiple “Amityville Horror” films based on the original “true” story.
Similar to “The Amityville Horror,” the movie “The Conjuring” claims to be based on a true story.
Also, just like the Amityville, New York, house, the Rhode Island residence was investigated by real-life ghost hunters Ed and Lorraine Warren.
In 2021, the house was listed for sale by its owners, who purchased the property back in 2019.
Ghostly occurrences still reportedly occurred in the house, Fox News Digital reported in 2019.
The owners had hoped to open the home to other paranormal enthusiasts like themselves.
Fortunately, “Scream” was not based on a true story. Scenes from the movie, however, were filmed in a real house in northern California.
It was announced in 2021 that the property would be available for bookings on Airbnb and would feature appearances from the Ghostface killer (or, an actor wearing the iconic mask).
Salem is a popular tourist destination around Halloween thanks to the Massachusetts area’s history involving witch trials.
And while the film “Hocus Pocus” may not be considered “horrifying,” tourists apparently enjoy stopping by a private residence that appeared in the movie.
The house still has the same exterior it had in the movie and along with its location at the end of a street, it’s an easy location for fans to spot.
The Hook & Ladder Company 8 firehouse was used for exterior shots in “Ghostbusters.”
The firehouse still stands today and, while it’s a fully operational fire station for the FDNY, it has openly embraced its place in film history.
It has become a popular spot for fans to visit and take photos. Due to its location, many of the firefighters stationed at the house were some of the first responders to the scene of the World Trade Center terrorist attack on 9/11.
New York City has housed famous occupants and the Dakota apartment is one such building, which is located on West 72nd Street near Central Park.
While Judy Garland and John Lennon both lived there, the building was also the setting for the horror film “Rosemary’s Baby,” starring Mia Farrow.
John Lennon was shot in front of the building in 1980.
The iconic house from “Beetlejuice” was just a facade built for the film.
The entire town of Winter River, Connecticut, was actually created just for the movie, with interior shots filmed on sound stages in California, according to IMDB.
Maitland Hardware Store’s location was filmed in Vermont, IMDB’s website states.
Ridley Scott’s classic “Alien” has often been called a haunted house movie in space.
However, the film was not shot on a real spaceship.
Instead, the dimly lit corridors of The Nostromo were just sets built at a studio in England, according to IMDB.
Not all haunted Hollywood homes are used for both the interior and exterior shots.
The MacNiel residence in the 1973 horror movie classic “The Exorcist” was filmed at two locations — one in Georgetown, D.C., and the other in the New York City, IMDb shared.
The exterior shots of Regan MacNiel’s bedroom window and house were filmed at 3600 Prospect Street NW, according to georgetowndc.com.
“The filming crew added an entire fake wing on the eastern side of the house, so that Regan’s bedroom window could be closer to the infamous steps,” the tour guide website continued.
The interior shots of the home, including the iconic possession and exorcism of Regan, were shot at a New York City soundstage.
Stephen King’s well-known novel has gone through many film adaptations, but the most well-known would have to be the 1973 version starring Sissy Spacek, which earned her an Academy Award nomination.
The “White residence” was filmed at 122 N. 7th Street, Santa Paula, California, according to IMDb.
The home was owned by the Gilette family, but was not occupied during the time of filming, LA Magazine said.
The bungalow has since been destroyed — not by Carrie’s telekinetic abilities resulting in a fire but instead by bulldozing by the Gillette family for reasons related to the film, the magazine reported.
“My dad became very frustrated because it was the ‘Carrie’ house, and individuals — mostly teenagers and young people — they started breaking into the house and started doing odd things inside the house,” Robin Gillette told the magazine.
“The Legend of Lizzie Borden,” starring Elizabeth Montgomery, may not have been filmed at the Borden home in Fall River, Massachusetts, but fans of the film can still visit the location where the murders occurred.
The movie set was closely modeled after the real Borden residence, which today serves as a working bed and breakfast and museum.
Guests of the historic “haunted” home can sleep in the family’s rooms.
Those who spent the night where the historic crime scene occurred claimed to experience paranormal activity during their stay, Lance Zaal, the house’s owner, told Fox News Digital in July 2023.
Michael Hollan contributed reporting.