The Exorcist, Amityville, The Conjuring … Ten blood-curdling houses!

The Overlook hotel from “The Shining”, the farm from “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre”, the house of “The Exorcist”, that of Amityville … Houses of horror or horror films, of course. But houses … Really real!

The theme of the haunted / evil house is an old and great classic in the cinema, but of course also in the series. And even if the evil mansion (in the broad sense, it could just as well be a hotel) does not in itself constitute the central theme of the work but remains an important element despite everything, it can largely mark the spirits.

Who has forgotten the house where Regan resides where Father Merrin, Exorcist is going? The old farm of the degenerate family of the Hewitt, cannibals of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre? Even the house of serial killer Buffalo Bill in The Silence of the Lambs could fit into this painting, as an abominable receptacle of his works, while he starves his victims in a well located in his cellar.

Here are ten houses that made our blood run cold, each in their own way. With an important selection criterion: they are all authentic and inhabited. So you will not find the famous house of Psychosis here!

Amityville House

The Exorcist

Impossible to make this slideshow without mentioning the famous house of Amityville, the scene of an atrocious news item and the setting for the horror film by Stuart Rosenberg. Located in New Jersey and built in the 1920s, it went on sale in 2011 for $ 1.45 million. Too expensive, it was finally sold in October 2012 at a price of $ 955,000. For the record, the owner who had put it up for sale insisted that it was because of divorce … and not because it was haunted. In 2016, it was on sale again, for $ 850,000; this is to say if the prices have fallen. Frequently relisted, many are discouraged by superstitions …

The home of “The Conjuring”

The Providence Journal

Last September, we learned that the house that inspired James Wan’s film The Conjuring was on sale! A real estate agency in Rhode Island, Mott & Chace, has partnered with Sotheby’s to sell this 19th century farmhouse of 14 rooms and an area of ​​300 m², for the not-so-modest sum of $ 1.2 million. The current owners, Cory and Jennifer Heinzen, bought it in 2019. The huge success of the first film, which has since spawned a franchise, inevitably attracted the curiosity of visitors passing by, to the point that the owners have even set up a Conjuring Tour. In an interview with NBC, the owner couple said they had witnessed “doors that open and close by themselves, footsteps and noises at the door, and indistinct whispers. Last night. , we had a kind of black fog in a room, like smoke. ” Nice…
Obviously impossible for the real estate agency not to seek to capitalize on the success of the film and the sinister reputation of the house to ensure the sale. But it still takes a hell of a good dose of courage to dare to spend even one night in it given the liabilities of the house. So buy it … We still hope that the house will not be sold to become exclusively a funfair attraction in the ghost train style …

The home of “Paranormal Activity”

With a paltry budget of $ 15,000, the first installment of Paranormal Activity was shot in the home of director Oren Peli, located in San Diego, at 13236 Bavarian Drive Rancho Penasquitos. Obviously, we imagine that since the more than 195 million dollars of box office receipts, the director must have set sail elsewhere …

Home of serial killer Buffalo Bill from “Silence of the Lambs”

Granted, this is not a horror movie. Still … Remember … It was in this house that Jodie Foster, aka Agent Clarice Starling, ran into the serial killer Buffalo Bill in Thesilenceofthelambs; house in which he raised his famous butterflies and starved to death his victims thrown at the bottom of a well in the cellar … Located in Perryopolis, a tiny town of 50 souls, an hour from the great metropolitan area of ​​Pittsburgh, this house dating from the end of the 19th century was the setting for the shooting of one of the film’s most famous scenes, lasting three days. With four bedrooms, it was on sale in 2020 for just under $ 300,000. We have to believe that the new owners quickly grew tired of it, because the house was already put up for sale in 2015. At the start of 2016, the house had still not found a buyer, although its price had risen to $ 230,000. Regardless, the exterior surroundings haven’t changed much since the time of the film, and the house is actually much more charming than the one in eerie memory in Jonathan Demme’s masterpiece.

The house of the “Claws of the night”


The house where Heather Langenkamp endures the terrifying and traumatic assaults of Freddy in Claws of the Night truly exists. Built in 1919, it is located in Los Angeles. Purchased in 2008 for $ 1.15 million, it was sold in 2013 for $ 2.1 million. Nice added value. Recently, in October 2021, we learned that the house was up for sale again. And the price turns out to be very steep: $ 3.25 million. The price to pay for this colonial style house with three bedrooms and four bathrooms.

Laurie Strode’s house in “Halloween”

Google Street View

If Michael Myers is rampant in the fictional small suburb of Haddenfield, Illinois, the film was shot in South Pasadena, California, on the outskirts of Los Angeles. At 1103 Fairview Avenue, Oxley Street is the home of Laurie Strode, played by Jamie Lee Curtis in John Carpenter’s masterpiece.

The home of “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre”

Grand Central Cafe

It’s hard to imagine that it was precisely in this house, an old farmhouse built around 1900 and located in Granger, Texas, converted into a cafe – restaurant and open Wednesday through Sunday, that the degenerate Hewitt family carved and ate meat. human in the Chainsaw Massacre by Tobe Hooper. Yet it is here that the shocking sequences of the film were shot. It is apparently possible to spend a night there, for $ 400 anyway. For this price, you can even treat yourself to a bite to eat in the living room of the house, where the Leatherface family dined …

The house of “The Exorcist”

Google Street View

Obviously, this is not quite obvious. And yet … It is here, at 3600 Prospect Street NW in Georgetown, a suburb of Washington DC, that is the home of the film considered to be one of the most terrifying ever made: The Exorcist, by William Friedkin. The famous exterior stairs that we see in the film are located on the east facade of the house.

The huge house from the film “The Others”

In the film The Others, an extraordinary film by Alejandro Amenabar with an outcome as poignant as it is terrible, the immense and disturbing residence in which Grace and her children live in recluse is located in Jersey. In fact, the exterior shots of the house were shot in Spain, in Cantabria. The house, called Palacio de los Hornillos, was built between 1897 and 1904.

The Shining Overlook Hotel


Do you recognize him? Yes yes, this is the famous hotel seen in Kubrick’s Shining! At least in its exterior version, since all the interiors were reconstructed in the studio. Located at the foot of Mount Hood, Oregon, the Timberline Lodge was built in 1937 by nearly 500 workers. In 1972, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places. If a short stay there motivates you, it’s over there !

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