Think your 1970's wood panelling is scary? We wouldn't be caught dead in these scary homes from our favorite horror movie sets – and right in time for Halloween.
1. Psycho (1960)
From just a quick look at the dilapidated exterior of the famous hotel, Marion Crane should have known staying there wasn't a good idea. Inside, taxidermy, peepholes, and easily accessible kitchen knives qualify any room as scary. "We all go a little mad sometimes," hotel owner Norman Bates tells Marion. She would have too, if Mother hadn't gotten to her first.
2. Rosemary's Baby (1968)
Famed New York City apartment building The Dakota is transformed into the sinister Bramford building where Rosemary and Guy Woodhouse make their home in this classic horror flick. If the dark, dingy hallways don't scare you, the film's ending sure will.
3. The Exorcist (1973)
Home to a formerly well behaved little girl, Regan, this Washington D.C. building later houses one of the most terrifying demonic possessions to ever grace Hollywood. After seeing Regan transform into the devil personified and wrecking havoc during her exorcism, we can barely look at this house without our pulse quickening.
4. The Amityville Horror (1979)
Dark and creepy are not typical design elements in a little girl's bedroom, but certainly are in George and Kathy Lutz's Dutch Colonial home in Amityville, New York. When the family moves into the house where a gruesome murder took place, Mr. Lutz famously says, "Houses don't have memories." But even with this third-floor bedroom's charming pair of quarter-circle windows, flowered wall paper, and girly pink bedsheets, the home's "memories" soon become all too apparent to the Lutz family.
5. The Shining (1980)
Jack Torrance doesn't believe he will succumb to the cabin fever he is warned about, taking a job at the Overlook Hotel, even though the previous caretaker, Charles Grady, murdered his own family there. Jack's son, Danny, has visions that would keep us out of the hotel. Top of the list: this famous scene with the ghostly Grady girls standing at the end of a long, wallpapered hallway. Get out of there, Danny!
6. Scream (1996)
While there are several noteworthy home scenes in the original Scream, we'll never forget the terror we felt watching the opening sequence that takes place in Casey (played by Drew Barrymore) and her parents' home. And it's one of the scenes that makes it likely we'll answer Scream when asked about our favorite scary movie.
7. What Lies Beneath (2000)
The serene design of this bath does not make up for a high level of creepiness. After having thoughts that her Vermont lakeside home is haunted, Claire Spencer tries to relax in her silver-footed bathtub. But the scene goes from spa-like to spooky when Claire spots a young woman's ghostly reflection in the bath water.
8. The Others (2001)
While the stately home Grace (played by Nicole Kidman) inhabits with her two children seems beautiful at first glance, the secrets it holds within its walls makes it a horrifying location no viewer will ever forget.
9. Signs (2002)
The Hess family farmhouse seems innocuous at first glance, but as stranger and stranger things happen on their property it becomes an integral part of the story.
10. The Cabin in the Woods (2012)
While this movie perfectly satirizes the horror genre, what transpires in this abandoned cabin still packs quite the terrifying punch. We'll forgive you if you never want to stay in a cabin again.
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