If you like visiting actual horror movie locations, here are 10 of them that should be on your list:
1. The abandoned house on Neibolt Street from “It” (2017): It’s a 105-year-old mansion known as the Cranfield House. It’s in Toronto.
2. The “Conjuring” house in Currie, North Carolina: It’s at 405 Canetuck Road. The “real” haunted house the movie is based on is in Rhode Island. (Check out more movie and TV locations in North Carolina here.)
3. The abandoned pavilion from “Carnival of Souls”: This one’s a deep-dive since the movie is 60 years old, but it’s a classic. The site is located in Magna, Utah.
4. The Bates Motel and mansion from “Psycho”: These’ll cost you a little extra to see, since they’re on the Universal Studios backlot. You have to buy a ticket to the park and take the tram tour.
5. The “Exorcist” house in Washington, D.C.: It’s on Prospect Street in Georgetown. You can also recreate movie history by launching yourself down that infamous staircase, but that’s probably not advised.
6. Michael Myers’ house from “Halloween”: No, it’s not in “Haddonfield, Illinois,” it’s in South Pasadena, California.
7. The Overlook Hotel from “The Shining”: For exterior shots, they actually used the Timberline Lodge at Mt. Hood in Oregon. The hotel that inspired Stephen King to write the story in the first place is the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado.
8. “The Blair Witch Project”: Burkittsville, Maryland is about an hour East of Baltimore. That’s where the footage of the townspeople was shot, but most of the movie was filmed in Seneca Creek State Park.
9. The “Paranormal Activity” house: It’s on Bavarian Drive in San Diego.
10. The Bramford apartment building from “Rosemary’s Baby”: In real life, it’s called the Dakota, and it’s in New York. And it has ANOTHER claim to fame: John Lennon was murdered outside of it in 1980. He and Yoko Ono were living there at the time.
A few things I would add to this list: Martha’s Vineyard is holy ground for “Jaws” fans, and the Monroeville Mall is still standing just outside Pittsburgh. That’s where the original, 1978 version of “Dawn of the Dead” was shot.
Also, the gas station from the original “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” in Bastrop, Texas is now a tourist attraction, featuring a horror shop, cabins for overnight stays, and, if you’re brave enough to try, barbecue.