This Halloween, why settle for some bogus makeshift haunted house when you could dig a little (or a lot) deeper into those pockets for the real deal? Or, at the very least, Hollywood’s version of it.
Some of the scariest movies on the planet were shot in totally unassuming houses that could very well be in your neck of the woods, and if you’ve got the necessary funds (and a peculiar penchant for homes whose walls have a habit of oozing green slime or whose kitchen cabinets tend to flap maniacally in the middle of the night), one of them could be yours.
Of course, some have already been snapped up by super-fans, but if the horror genre has taught us anything, it’s that these places never stay occupied for long (at least not by dwellers of the human variety.)
1. ‘The Bramford’ in Rosemary’s Baby
A unit in the luxurious (and ultra creepy) New York City apartment building where Rosemary and Guy Woodhouse conceive their demonic tot in the 1968 horror classic, Rosemary’s Baby, could be yours for a cool $1.8-million (or $29-million for an upgraded model.) Called the ‘Bramford’ in the film, this opulent apartment complex is actually the Dakota, and has been deemed New York City’s “most exclusive building.” It's most famously the place where John Lennon was muredered in 1980.
2. The Amityville Horror house
Now here’s an abode for the true horror fan. This 1927 Dutch Colonial home on Long Island features five bedrooms, a boathouse, and a truly gruesome history chronicled in both literature and film. The home first made headlines in 1974, when 23-year-old Ronald DeFeo, Jr. murdered his parents and four siblings while they slept. One year later, a couple moved in and out within a month, claiming they encountered paranormal activity (slimy walls and all.) Their experiences inspired the 1976 novel The Amityville Horror: A True Story, and two subsequent horror films. It could be yours for just $850,000.
3. Buffalo Bill’s home in The Silence of the Lambs
This 19th-century Pennsylvania home may not feature a murder pit in the basement, but it did make for super creepy interior and exterior scenes in the 1991 Oscar-winning film, The Silence of the Lambs. You’ll have to wait your turn to giddily parrot serial killer Buffalo Bill’s macabre mantra (“It rubs the lotion on its skin”) inside its walls, however, since it just sold for $195,000 in July.
4. The Paranormal Activity house
The suburban San Diego house where a young couple is taunted by supernatural forces in the 2007 found-footage horror film was sold days after going on the market in January 2015. If you can imagine actually managing to get any sleep whatsoever in this place, prepare to shell out somewhere in the neighborhood of $749,000 next time it hits the market.
5. Nancy Thompson's house in A Nightmare on Elm Street
It may not be on Elm Street, or even in Ohio, but the home used for exterior shots of Nancy Thompson’s house in 1984’s A Nightmare on Elm Street sold in 2013. This Los Angeles house was totally gutted in 2006 renovations, so it’s kind of hard to tell Freddy Krueger was ever there. Of course, that won’t matter to true horror fans (like the person who shelled out somewhere around $2.1-million for it.)