The scariest thing about a horror movie isn’t just the psychopathic guy in a weird costume stalking you or the ghosts that possess you while sleeping. Sometimes it’s the place alone that are delivering most of the frights. From the creaky floors to the howling wind. Haunted houses have been a staple of story telling for eons, and it still continues to this day. There are tons of these real life cases and a slew of paranormal expects that search for the after life in one of these dwellings. The six featured on this list stand out because even if there were no ghosts living there. It would still be pretty damn creepy to spend a night on.
The Bates House- Psycho (1960)
If you were out driving at night and saw this hotel next to this house. Would you stop and ask if they had a room for the night? Hell no, you wouldn’t. Even if you had no idea of who Norman Bates was. You would steer clear of that house because of the way it looks. Note that I am using the house from the original Psycho and not the new one. There is nothing scary about the new house except that Vince Vaughn lives there.
The Amityville House- The Amityville Horror (1979)
I had to include this one because it’s so iconic. Look at the house and tell me honestly that it doesn’t freak you out. It looks like it has eyes for Christ’s sake. Oh and did I mention that blood drips from the walls and it says “Get Out” in this really horrific sounding voice. Not to mention that it turns everyone who lives there into homicidal maniacs. It’s those freaking house eyes that freak me out the most.
The Dance Academy- Suspiria (1977)
When a young girl from America gets a letter to attend a prestigious dance school in Munich Germany. She has no idea that that a lot of strange and dangerous things would happen to her as a result of being there. Her fellow students begin getting killed and it’s rumored that it was founded by a convent of withes. The cinematography and the music give Suspiria an almost dream like quality when you watch the movie. The school with it’s use of mainly primary colors and strange architecture help add to it’s fright factor as well.
Yes it’s true I could have used the same cabin from The Evil Dead series, but the one in the Whedonverse is just so much cooler. Can you think of a cooler haunted House then one that has… I’m going to spoil this movie. So if you haven’t seen it by now.(it’s on Netflix and many other places) You are not a horror fan. Anyway, the cabin in this movie is iconic because it has a cool control room that establishes what happens to our main characters from the very start. It also has a huge jail that hosts all of your worst nightmares in one place. When the shit hits the fan after they are released. The shit literally hits the fan.
The House- House (1977)
House by all means is an episode of Scooby Doo on a major acid trip. The story involves a group of teenage girls who spend their summer at one of their aunt’s retreats. After they get there really strange things begin happening. I can’t even begin to tell you about all the weird shit that goes on this movie. But I will say this. House has more WTF moments then The Cabin in The Woods. What’s even more strange is that it’s story and yes some of the deaths were conceived by a nine year old child. That’s right Hollywood suck it. A nine year old Japanese girl has written some truly messed up shit that you in your late 40′s couldn’t think of.
The Overlook Hotel. The Shining (1980)
From the look outside this is one very creepy hotel, and the view inside isn’t that much better. It’s a huge labyrinth lake maze where every turn of the corner can result in a big scare. It’s a haunted house that preys a lot on Jack Torrence’s weakness but also gives the other members of the family a lot of good frights. When the movie begins you have a sense of uneasiness as the car makes it’s way to the hotel, and that tension and dread never goes away until the movie is finished. Then you have a whole new sort of dread in analyzing what it all means.
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