Famous Halloween Homes
Thursday Oct 29th, 2020
True fans of Halloween and horror films will know all of these classic movies. But do you know the creepy details about these infamous homes? Keep reading to find out the current state of these homes and where you can travel to for a spooky visit!
Timberline Lodge – The Shining
Whether you are a fan of the movie or not, everyone is familiar with the film adaption of Steven King’s "The Shining". The exterior shots were filmed at the Timberline Lodge in Oregon. Built between 1936 and 1938, the rustic Timberline Lodge is still open to the public and a popular ski resort. In addition to "The Shining", the lodge has been featured in Hogan’s Heroes, Lost Horizon, Hear No Evil and numerous others. Film fans that visit the location may be disappointed to learn that the interior from the movie was designed in a studio and not shot at the hotel.
112 Ocean Avenue, Amityville NW – Amityville Horror
Few horror films are actually based on true events, which makes the Amityville Horror story so much more creepy. The house located at 112 Ocean Avenue in Amityville New York is one of the most famous properties of the horror genre. Since the horrifying events on Nov 13 1974, there have been 4 different owners, none of whom have complained of any hauntings. While the original home’s unmistakeable quartermoon windows have long been replaced, the home is still an occupied residence. If you are ever in Amityville New York, feel free to drive by the property and see it for yourself.
The Myers House – Halloween
The 1978 cult classic Halloween, is a seasonal staple for horror fans. While the story itself is set in Haddonfield Illinois, the actual location of the film was in South Passodina California. The Myers House was chosen for the movie due to its simple Middle America feel and location for filming. Having become a national landmark, the house was relocated across the street where it is now used as an office. Fans of the film are welcome to book a trip to Passodina but will need to limit their tours to the exterior of the property.
Elm Street House – Nightmare on Elm Street
The original Freddy Kreuger horror movie was set in Springfield Ohio, although the actual filming took place in Los Angeles, California. Although fans of the film will recognize the exterior façade of the home, the interior was completely renovated in 2006. Once again fans are welcome to visit the setting, but cannot enter the property as it is a private residence.
Oak Valley Plantation – Interview With the Vampire
The 1994 Brad Pitt movie, Interview with the Vampire, may not be his most memorable film, but Oak Valley Plantation where it was filmed has become a popular landmark. Located in Vacherie, Louisiana, the plantation has also been featured in a Beyonce music video, episode of Ghost Hunters and numerous films and TV shows. Today, fans of the movie can visit the Plantation and stay for the night if desired.
Fortress Mountain Ski Resort – Inception
No list would be complete without a local Alberta connection. Although the movie Inception is not technically a horror movie, it does feature an Alberta ski resort in one of the biggest scenes. Fortress Mountain Ski Resort was the backdrop for the Dream Fortress scene, complete with downhill fight scenes. The resort has been closed to the public since 2007 but there are plans in place to have it reopened in the near future.
Which horror movie film is your favourite and did the home make it on my list?