Hollywood Horror Film Locations
Visit the Hollywood homes that served as a location in the original film along with many other Hollywood horror film locations!
Hollywood, land of sunshine and palm trees. So much glitz and glamour. But there’s a darkness hidden behind even the brightest facade. Did you know that many of your favorite horror film locations are in hidden in plain sight? I’m not talking studio locations, but houses right on the street you might pass every day unaware of their dark and haunted history. Let’s take a look at some of the spookiest horror film locations in Hollywood.
American Horror Story: Murder House This historic masterpiece was Built in 1908 by architect Alfred F. Rosenheim as his own personal residence, the 14,000-square-foot estate has served as a filming location for dozens of movies and television shows, including The X-Files, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and The Twilight Zone and is located at 1120 Westchester Place.
Halloween (1 of 2)
The original Halloween is one of the most popular horror films of all time, so it’s a thrill to turn off Sunset Blvd and find yourself in the middle of the fictional town of Haddonfield, Illinois. While the Myers house and many of the other the film’s locations were in South Pasadena, the culmination of the film takes place right on Orange Grove Ave in the heart of Hollywood.
Halloween (2 of 2)
The final act of Halloween was shot in two homes. Laurie (Jamie Lee Curtis) is babysitting at the Doyle house while the murders take place at the Wallace house across the street. The Doyle house is 1530 and the Wallace house is 1537 N. Orange Grove Ave. The south side of 1537 has been altered, with a garage replacing the carport, but the front porch, front door, and upstairs windows are still instantly recognizable.
Nightmare on Elm Street
It’s only a few blocks from Haddonfield to Springwood, Ohio’s Elm Street. Nancy Thompson’s home, haunted by Freddy Krueger, is at 1428 N Genesee, a half block south of Sunset. The house, built in 1919, sold for $2.1 million back in 2013. The Lantz house, where Glen (Johnny Depp) was memorably murdered, is located across the street at 1419 N Genesee.
Whatever Happened to Baby Jane
Traveling south to Hancock Park, the Hudson mansion from 1962’s Whatever Happened to Baby Jane remains virtually unchanged more than 50 years later. The home is located right where it’s mentioned in the film at 172 S McCadden Place. Remarkably, the house across the street and the carport next door, both appearing often in the film, are still intact and recognizable as well.
Traveling south a few blocks, you’ll find Katie Embry’s house from 2002’s The Ring, at 413 S McCadden Place. While much of the film takes place in the Pacific Northwest, Katie (Amber Tamblyn) is the first to die in the film, having watched the cursed tape 7 days prior. It is her death in this house that puts the plot into motion.
Alfred Hitchcock’s later films often used Bay Area locations, so it’s particularly exciting to find a location he used here in town. In his last film, 1976’s Family Plot, Blanche the “psychic”’s modest bungalow at 17 Castle Heights Road is actually 4254 Lexington Ave, at the corner of Lexington and Bates. In what is undoubtedly an intentional nod, the Bates Ave. sign can be clearly seen in the film.
The House on Haunted Hill
High above Los Feliz, the Ennis House looms over the neighborhood. Located at 2607 Glendower Ave., the Frank Lloyd Wright designed home was completed by his son, Lloyd Wright, in 1924. The home is the largest of Wright’s textile block designs based on ancient Mayan temples. It has been used many times as a film location. First and foremost, it provides the exterior for William Castle’s 1959 The House on Haunted Hill. William Castle purposefully wanted the location for Frederick Loren’s (Vincent Price) mansion not to be your typical haunted house, and the immense stone behemoth makes a powerful and imposing statement. The Ennis House was also Angel’s lair in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV series, as well as being prominently featured in Blade Runner, Day of the Locust, and many other film and TV shows. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
– Kathy Flynn
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