September 20, 2021, 18:40

The stories behind the homes from classic Halloween horror flicks

The stories behind the homes from classic Halloween horror flicks

Every house has a story, but these may be the most terrifying.

In honor of Halloween, take a closer look at the real-life dwellings that inspired or set the scene for some of your favorite scary movies.

A Nightmare on Elm Street, 1984.

“One two…Freddy’s coming for you.”

No, it’s not “only a dream.” Nancy’s house from the 1984 slasher film really does exist.

Zillow ListingsThe home located at 1428 N Genesee Avenue in Los Angeles, from the film “A Nightmare on Elm Street.”

Located at 1428 N. Genesee Avenue, in Los Angeles, California, the 2,700-square-foot colonial was sold in 2013 for $2.1 million.

It appears that not much has changed about the three-bedroom house except the blue door has been painted red and the creepy bars Nancy’s mom put on the windows are no more.

Amityville Horror, 1979.

Known for its gruesome past, the “Amityville Horror” house is infamous for the 1974 Long Island murders that were committed when 23-year-old Ronald DeFeo Jr. shot and killed his parents and his four siblings as they slept in their beds.

Paul Hawthorne/Getty ImagesThe house that inspired the film ‘The Amityville Horror,’ at 112 Ocean Avenue in the town of Amityville, N.Y., is pictured, March 31, 2005.

One year after the crimes took place, George and Kathy Lutz bought the DeFeo home, later saying they witnessed paranormal activity.

The alleged events inspired the 1976 novel, “The Amityville Horror: A True Story.” The movie version was released three years later starring James Brolin.

Dan Godfrey/NY Daily News Archive via Getty ImagesSuffolk County policeman uses mine detector as he sweeps through dead leaves on lawn of Ronald DeFeo’s 12-room, $75,000 Dutch colonial home in Amityville.

While the flick is based on the actual 108 Ocean Avenue residence, on-location scenes were filmed at a private residence in New Jersey and at MGM studios in California.

The Exorcist, 1973.
Arguably one of the best horror movies ever made, “The Exorcist” was filmed in various locations. The exterior of the MacNeil residence was filmed at 3600 Prospect Avenue in Georgetown, Washington.

Google MapsThe home at 3600 Prospect St NW, Washington, D.C., from the film ‘The Exorcist.’

Warner Bros. Pictures/Corbis via Getty ImagesLinda Blair is pictured on the set of The Exorcist, based on the novel by William Peter Blatty and directed by William Friedkin.

Shots inside the home where Regan’s demonic possession and exorcism took place were filmed elsewhere on a New York City soundstage.

Many other scenes were captured around New York and Georgetown, including the climatic fall of Father Karras, who tumbled down stone steps on 36th and Prospect Streets in Georgetown.

Pet Sematary, 1989.
Located in Orrington, Maine, sits the house that inspired Stephen King’s terrifying novel and later, a movie. It’s currently listed as a pending sale for $255,000.

According to King’s website, in 1979 he rented the home which bordered “a major truck route which frequently claimed the lives of dogs and cats.”

In the woods behind the house, local children had built a pet cemetery. King was inspired to write “Pet Sematary” after his daughter’s cat was killed on the road and he had to bury the cat in that same cemetery.

Zillow ListingsThe home at 664 River Rd, Orrington, Maine, from the film ‘Pet Sematary.’

“[I thought] what if a kid died in that road? And we had had this experience with Owen [my son] running toward the road, where I had just grabbed him and pulled him back,” King wrote on his website. “And the two things just came together–on one side of this two-lane highway was the idea of what if the cat came back, and on the other side of the highway was what if the kid came back…”

The home where the actual 1989 movie was shot is also located in Maine.

Poltergeist, 1982.
The home from the supernatural horror film “Poltergeist” still stands at 4267 Roxbury Street in Simi Valley, California.

While many exterior scenes were shot on location, most of the film was made at MGM Studios.

Google MapsA home at 4267 Roxbury Street in Simi Valley, Calif., is pictured.

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/Getty ImagesJoBeth Williams looks on as Craig T Nelson holds Oliver Robins in a scene from the film ‘Poltergeist’, 1982.

The four bedroom, single family home is currently occupied, but YouTube users have posted drive-by visits over the years.

Rosemary’s Baby, 1968.
The Dakota apartment building on the corner of West 72nd Street and Central Park West was the setting for the satanic film starring Mia Farrow and John Cassavetes.

FPG/Getty ImagesView of the exclusive Dakota apartment building on the corner of West 72nd Street and Central Park West, in New York City, 1960.

Paramount Pictures/Getty ImagesAmerican actor, director and screenwriter John Cassavetes (1929 – 1989) stars with Mia Farrow in the film ‘Rosemary’s Baby,’ 1967.

Past tenants include Judy Garland, Lauren Bacall and John Lennon. The building is also known for the location of Lennon’s murder in 1980.


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