Hollywood may be the place where silver screen nightmares come true, but a lot of the scariest locations aren't anywhere near Tinseltown.
So here, as the 3rd of our 31 posts for the 31 days of Halloween, are 8 classic houses from horror films which are normal, functional (and scary) homes in the real world.
Amityville Horror House
Actual Location: 112 Ocean Avenue, Amityville, New York
A suburban Dutch Colonial, this unassuming abode was the spot where Ronald Defeo, Jr. killed his entire family in 1975. The new owners, George and Kathy Lutz, immediately began hearing and seeing unexplained phenomena inside the house. These phenomena included: nightmares, seeing demons in the fireplace, floating, mysterious welts, blood oozing from the walls, and a crucifix revolving upside-down.
We really gotta say that this is negligence on behalf of whoever the Lutz's hired as a buidling inspector. We're pretty sure "evil bleeding walls" falls under full disclosure. Unless, of course, the Lutz's were making it all up to turn a profit.
It's said that, although house number 112 no longer exists, there is a plaque outside the Amityville Horror House. It's also rumored that the current residents hate answering questions about the house's history, so just get your candy and go.
Actual Location: 187 Dollis Hill Lane, London
Though this house stands proudly at Dollis Hill Lane in London, don't try looking for the house from the Clive Barker classic. That's because the house pictured in Hellraiser is actually the back of this house.
In the film, the house sits at 66 Lodovico Street. This follows the old axiom that the scariest number is 6, which has origins all the way back when cavemen filmed The Omen. Plus, if trick-or-treating there doesn't fully thrill you, you can sometimes find space to rent in the house. Maybe even the attic.
Texas Chainsaw Massacre House
Actual Location: 1010 King St., Kingland, TX
What happens after you kidnap, maim and freeze a group of teenagers? You open a restaurant, of course. The original site of the 1974 sleeper was turned into an eatery that is, ironically, wheelchair accessible.
The Junction House is even on Yelp. Not a single review mentions a feeble man trying to kill the reviewee, though.
Actual Location: The Dakota Apartments, Manhattan, New York
Ever notice that horror movies rarely take place in normal housing? The audio/visual masterpiece, Candyman aside, it seems like horror movies want a backdrop of a place that no mortal could afford. Such is the case for the apartment complex featured in Rosemary's Baby.
Rosemary's Baby is a classic film about a group of satanists who are too dumb to say, "hey, maybe birthing the devil's son would be easier if we didn't have to hide the whole thing from the mother." But that's not important, what's important is that the real-life Dakota has had a star-studded list of inhabitants. Lauren Bacall, Leonard Bernstein, Judy Garland, John Lennon, and Boris Karloff all took residence there at some time. Visiting the location can bring a doubly-haunting experience, as it is outside the Dakota where John Lennon was tragically slain.
Actual Location: 4267 Roxbury St., Simi Valley, California
The Freeling family encounters their horrific ghosts in this beautiful Southern California home. Although some Hollywood additions were made that don't actually exist in the real house, like the swimming pool, most of the exterior shots were filmed on location.
Right now, it appears that this classic house is an off market property. So go ahead and make a bid, if horrific movie houses are your thing (or if you're just bored with what's on TV).
Actual Location: 3600 Prospect Street, Washington, D.C.
The front of this building was altered with a facade in the movie. The director wanted Regan's bedroom directly over the staircase, so a change was made. Here is a simple fan-made tour of the grounds:
We're not entirely sure why the devil would choose such a modest unit for returning to Earth. Then again, we're not entirely sure why the Devil wanted his corporeal form to be that of a preteen girl. We're guessing the devil ironically had a thing for the feelgood vibes of Donny Osmond.
In Cold Blood
Actual Location: River Valley Farm, Holcomb, Kansas
This appears to be another famous murder movie house that you can bid on. It's pretty nice if you like isolated spots, but don't mind being so isolated that people will come and rob your safe, then shoot you.
What's unique about this site is that it appears to be both the original real-life murder site and the house portrayed in the film. Part of the excellence of the 1967 true crime drama film was scenes filmed in authentic locations, such as the Kansas State Penitentiary.
Actual Location: 13339 Bavarian Dr, Rancho Penasquitos, CA
Director Oren Peli proved that anyone can make a quality low-budget independent horror film, provided they already own all the equipment and are willing to renovate a million-dollar home (which they also own). Peli used his own sprawling tract-mansion near San Diego to film nearly all of the exterior and interior shots. This makes this the only film on this list that primarily uses the inside of the horror house for filming, rather than recreating the inside of the home on a Hollywood sound stage.
All eight of these places are still standing and can be approached by the public. But, if you go trick or treating, be careful. That's the part of Halloween they don't show you: where Michael Myers home killing spree keeps getting interrupted by small children at the door requesting candy.