1. 1. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
Coaxing your kids to sleep after they hear about Freddy Krueger might be tough, but what if you lived in the Elm Street house? That would really be a nightmare! Well, the actual house used for the exterior shot of the classic slasher flick is up for grabs for $2.1 million. It’s also on North Genesee Avenue in West Hollywood, not the movie’s fictional setting of Springwood, Ohio. (Also check out the impressive renovation the current owner undertook.)
2. 2. The Haunted Mansion (2003)
OK, so this one is technically a replica of Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion ride, not the bayou-surrounded one in the Eddie Murphy movie based on the classic Disney attraction. Inside the Atlanta abode, you’ll find seven bedrooms and six baths, instead of doom buggies and 999 ghosts. It recently sold on eBay for $873,000.
4. 4. Poltergeist (1982)
Everything was cool at first with the sliding kitchen chairs. But the fun stops when you interfere with a homeowner’s TV reception. Maybe it’s best to keep away from the Simi Valley, California, house because of the film’s alleged curse. Also this is a private residence, so really, stay away.
5. 5. The Exorcist (1973)
We’ve heard of head-spinning renovation projects before, but this movie on possession was a whole different kind of nightmare. 3600 Prospect Street in Georgetown was home to the head spinning and nearby outdoor staircase. Just hold onto the stair rail, please. RELATED: How to Ghostbust Your Home
6. 6. Evil Dead II (1981)
The horror-comedy from future Spider-Man director Sam Rami shows exterior shots of a cabin near Wadesboro, North Carolina, that also appears in The Color Purple. Interior scenes with moving walls were shot on a set in a gym of the junior high school. Much to deadites’ chagrin, the cabin from the horror original The Evil Dead (located in Morristown, Tennessee) burned down years ago. However, don’t go hunting down the cabin to awaken any flesh-possessing demons just yet. The cabin and nearby farmhouse (also used in The Color Purple) are on private property.
7. 7. Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
This home is an apartment building. That is, a pretty swanky co-op called The Dakota with great views of New York City’s Central Park. Remember how Rosemary made her way into the neighbor’s apartment via a closet? Lots of apartments in The Dakota were split up into smaller units that way. The blog ScoutingNY explains this and highlights other architectural details. And yes, John Lennon lived there.
8. 8. The Shining (1980)
This isn’t a house, per se, either. But you could say it was a home—at least for a while—for Jack and his family in the Stanley Kubrick thriller. The real-life hotel, The Stanley, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. History and ghost tours are given daily. RELATED: Haunted Historical Houses .
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