The exterior of the Neibolt House by It.
(Photo: Warner Bros./ New Line)
Some of the most iconic settings of Hollywood horror classics do not belong to the film set but to the real world. They are structures. They are points of reference. They could also be someone’s home (so always be careful of your manners). Here’s a look at our favorite Halloween spots, which you can literally see for yourself.
The house abandoned by It
For the big screen of 2017, Hollywood transformed this 105-year-old historic Canadian mansion, known as Cranfield House, into the infamous Pennywise haunted house at 29 Neibolt St .. While a dilapidated facade was built for the exteriors, the Cranfield is been used for the interior. Formerly a home for single mothers, the currently vacant home (and soon an apartment building) in Toronto’s Riverdale neighborhood does a lot of film work these days, much to the annoyance of some neighbors.
The Evocation Home
In Rhode Island, where the allegedly haunted farm is located that saw its story told in the 2013 blockbuster, the owners of the Evocation house are very finished The Summoning. In North Carolina, where the welcome mat always seems to be ready for Hollywood, the Pender County tourist site gives you the address of the 4,840-square-foot single-family home in Currie that stood for the original owned home: 405 Canetuck Road.
The pavilion abandoned by Carnival of Souls
If you are on the southern shores of Great Salt Lake, Utah, be sure to drive through the small town of Magna (population 26,505) and up to the concert hall known as Great Saltair. If you are a fan of cult movies, then you will to think you recognize the Moorish spiers of the pavilion from the gloomy black and white film of 1962, but you are wrong. The Saltair featured in that film was destroyed by a fire in 1970; the current structure (the third version of the former amusement park, actually) was erected in 1981. Either way, you’ll find yourself where the movie ghouls used to be, so … Score!
The Bates Motel e Psychopath Home
Universal City, California
Yes, these are exterior facades, and yes, they’re in the Universal Studios backlot, and yes, they’ve been panned, hidden, and moved around the lot, but they’re included here because they’re still the real deal. They were built for Alfred Hitchcock’s original Psychopath film and used later in sequels (although not recently Bates Motel series), and are accessible to the public almost every day via the Universal Studios Hollywood tram tour.
The exorcist Home
The brick house on Prospect Street in the capital’s stately Georgetown neighborhood has been called a tourist mecca. In another life, he served as an exterior of Regan MacNeil’s poor and owned house since 1973 The exorcist. According to USA Todaythe black fence that now surrounds the property was erected to keep curious cinema audiences at a distance.
by Michael Myers Halloween Home
South Pasadena, California
In Halloween tradition, the slasher of the franchise hails from Haddonfield, Illinois. In real life, Haddonfield does not exist, and director John Carpenter shot his original 1978 film on a shoestring budget in the Los Angeles area, mainly in South Pasadena. The key landmark is the Myers family home, formerly located on Meridian Avenue and now, after being rescued from the wrecking ball and relocated down the street, to Mission Street. Formally known as the Century House, the property is a local historical landmark and business office.
The hotel from The brilliant
Government field, Ore.
In Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 adaptation of Stephen King’s horror classic, Jack Nicholson’s writer character lost his head at Colorado’s creepy Overlook Hotel. You might even lose your head, at the impressive sight of the 55,000-square-foot Timberline Lodge of the Pacific Northwest, which has appeared in exterior shots as Overlook. If you want the hotel that inspired King’s tale, then we recommend that you book a room at the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colo.
The Witch Blair Project village
It has long been reported that the citizens of Burkittsville were not happy with the original Witch Blair Project checked the name of their humble home and made it a tourist destination, although “very little” was filmed there. If you visit the village, about an hour’s drive east of Baltimore, please pay attention to your manners and look for a “Welcome” sign – this is a rare piece of Burkittsville that was actually in. Blair Witch. We’re afraid the signals don’t look like they did in the 1999 movie. The original ones were, sigh, stolen.
The Paranormal activity Home
San Diego, California
The only supernatural thing about Oren Peli’s former four-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bathroom home with a “neat and tidy courtyard” in San Diego’s Rancho Peñasquitos neighborhood is the abundance of luck that brought the director, who shot his 2009 blockbuster here.
The condominium from The Rosemary Child
This massive 19th-century co-op in Central Park West and 72nd Street on Manhattan’s Upper West Side is the famous Dakota. He was already known for his exclusivity and tenants, including Hollywood legend Lauren Bacall, when she played Bramford (in exterior shots) in the 1968 blockbuster. In 1980, the Dakota legend took a sad turn in real life: John Lennon, who lived in the building with his wife Yoko Ono, was shot dead at the 72nd street entrance.
[Editor’s note: This story was originally published Oct. 24, 2017.]