Among the most scary horror scenes have been filmed proper right here in Southern California.
With Halloween occasions canceled or modified for social distancing this yr as a result of coronavirus pandemic, one approach to benefit from the season can be to remain at dwelling and take a digital tour of places utilized in horror films, TV collection and an iconic video for a COVID-safe expertise.
Sean Clark is an Orange County-based author, producer, expertise agent and horror location knowledgeable who created the “Horror’s Hallowed Grounds” YouTube series. He’s executed analysis and given excursions of horror filming places, particularly these in John Carpenter’s 1978 basic, “Halloween,” he’s been featured on the bonus content material for a number of of the “Halloween” Blu-ray releases.
Clark stated a number of these iconic places have been chosen as a result of they’d a Midwestern, small-town vibe — regardless of really being in bustling Southern California.
“In North Hollywood the place the babysitter homes in ‘Halloween’ are positioned, it has these timber that kind of engulf your entire avenue. So while you flip off of Sundown, it’s such as you’re in a unique state,” he stated. “If you’re watching the film, it’s so laborious to consider that Sundown Boulevard is correct up the road.”
Although these places are iconic due to their place in horror cinema historical past, most aren’t public areas and are owned by actual individuals. So right here’s a approach to take a look at the properties, take in the nostalgia on-line and never disturb the owners. In the event you do occur to cruise by the websites, please maintain your distance and be respectful of individuals and property.
“Think about in case you needed to cope with that continuously, every single day. I can see how that might get outdated,” Clark stated.
“Some individuals completely embrace it and a few are type of detrimental about it,” he stated of his expertise filming his “Horror’s Hallowed Floor” episodes. “The people who reside in The Strode home [from ‘Halloween’] are so good. They even put pumpkins out so followers can pose with them.”
OK, prepared? Be sure that there’s nobody looming behind you in a masks and let’s go on a digital tour of a few of the most well-known horror homes of flicks, TV and music video fame in Southern California.
“American Horror Story” Homicide Home
Westchester Place, Los Angeles
Used as “the homicide home” for the primary season of Ryan Murphy’s “American Horror Story,” this Victorian-style behemoth positively places out some creepy vibes. It’s a beautiful home with beautiful stained glass home windows. Because it’s nonetheless used as a filming location, it’s at the moment surrounded by a chain-link fence to maintain followers off the garden.
“A Nightmare On Elm Avenue” Nancy Thompson Home
N. Genesee Ave., Los Angeles
Though it was the centerpiece in one of the crucial iconic slasher films of the ’80s, this little tucked-away, two-story dwelling is definitely lovable. In 1984, it was the house of Nancy Thompson (Heather Langenkamp) within the Wes Craven horror movie, “A Nightmare on Elm Avenue,” the place she fought off knife-gloved villain, Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund), in her nightmares.
Carroll Ave, Los Angeles
Simply two doorways down from one other filming location (see Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” location later within the record), this home was the dwelling of the witches from the WB and CW tv collection, “Charmed.” The home appeared so large on-screen, however in actual life, it’s really fairly slim and cute.
“Halloween”: Laurie Strode’s Household Dwelling
Oxley Avenue, South Pasadena
It’s laborious to fathom that Michael Myers as soon as stalked this quaint and quiet neighborhood. The home of “Halloween” heroine Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) nonetheless very a lot seems to be prefer it did within the 1978 basic.
“Halloween”: Michael Myers Household Dwelling
Mission Avenue, South Pasadena
Although this dwelling, the place Myers’ murderous journey started, has been relocated from its authentic location in Pasadena, the home nonetheless stands. Nevertheless, it’s now used for enterprise workplaces and sits subsequent to a set of rail tracks. However it’s positioned adjoining to the constructing used because the ironmongery shop Myers steals from within the movie.
“Halloween”: Lindsey Wallace’s Home
N. Orange Grove Ave., Los Angeles
Three of Strode’s buddies met their demise courtesy of Myers on the Wallace home. It’s additionally the place Myers donned Bob’s glasses and dressed as a ghost with a mattress sheet earlier than he does in Lynda (P.J. Soles). In actual life, the home is positioned diagonally throughout the road from the subsequent one on the record, Tommy Doyle’s, identical to within the film.
“Halloween”: Tommy Doyle’s Home
N. Orange Grove Ave., Los Angeles
The home the place Strode took the worst babysitting gig of all time is on an exquisite tree-lined avenue in North Hollywood. It’s the placement the place she boldly fought off Myers with a wire hanger and a kitchen knife. After all, nobody checked to see if he was really lifeless and we obtained a bunch of sequels out of that.
“Insidious”: First Household Dwelling
Victoria Park Drive, Los Angeles
The Lambert dwelling, which is featured on the official film poster for the supernatural thriller, “Insidious,” was the place all the difficulty began for this mega-franchise. It’s a standout within the neighborhood with its child blue trim and it definitely seems extra cozy than sinister.
“Insidious”: Second Household Dwelling
S. Level View Avenue, Los Angeles
After their son falls sufferer to the demons of their first dwelling, the Lamberts transfer to a brand new, extra scaled-down location. Nevertheless, even in a contemporary house, issues escalate they usually should call in parapsychologist Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye) to shake the monsters.
The “Poltergeist” Home
Roxbury Drive, Simi Valley
The facade of this household dwelling obtained fairly a little bit of display time within the 1982 movie, which was directed by Tobe Hooper and written by producer Steven Spielberg.
“The Individuals Underneath the Stairs” Dwelling
S. Harvard Boulevard, Los Angeles
This historic L.A.-area dwelling stored a darkish secret in Wes Craven’s 1991 movie, “The Individuals Underneath the Stairs.” It’s really an exquisite house, however be careful for these cannibals within the basement.
Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” Home
Carroll Ave, Los Angeles
In 1983, “An American Werewolf in London” director John Landis and Michael Jackson teamed as much as make the almost 14-minute music video for Jackson’s monster hit, “Thriller.” The home used within the video is positioned within the Angelino Heights neighborhood and nonetheless stands, spooky as ever, to this present day.