5 Horror Movie Locations You Can Actually Visit
Movie locations are rapidly becoming a popular destination for leisure travelers. But while it’s easy to understand why people might want to visit majestic Monument Valley or romantic Rome, it’s somewhat harder to grasp why anyone would want to take in the shack where Leatherface set about all comers with the titular weapon in The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. That said, if you have a thing for things that go bump in the night, the locations are there and waiting for you to set forth where even angels fear to tread…
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
Tobe Hooper shot his corpuscle-soaked gore-fest in the Texan town of Round Rock, transforming a respectable local property into the slaughter house that is the Old Hardesty homestead. Quite why anyone would want to see the place is almost as baffling as the fact that the building is now a restaurant. The Original Texas Chainsaw Massacre House is apparently a great place to satisfy your appetite. And if all that wasn’t odd enough, it’s not in Round Rock anymore – rather it’s been moved 60 miles down the road to Kingsland.
The Wicker Man
To follow in the footsteps of the witchcraft-obsessed folk of Summerisle means visiting a variety of Scottish locations. If it’s the finale you’re keen to retrace, head for the Isle of Whithorn and Burrow Head. In actual fact on the mainland, Burrow Head is – and was – home to a caravan park. As such, it’s not the easiest thing to square the location with Edward Woodward’s horrific fate. Mind you, should you walk on the cliffs in the bracing spring air, the sound of ‘Summer Is Icumen In’ and the smell of burning flesh might both seem close at hand.
Most would happily avoid the hotel where Mr Nicholson discovered that all work and no play makes Jack a dull – and highly disturbed – boy. For those with an insatiable curiosity, head straight to the Timberline Lodge, 60 miles east of Portland, Oregon. Clinging to the side of Mount Hood, the Timberline remains as impressive as it is remote. Just don’t be surprised if the interiors don’t marry up with your imagination – due to his fear of flying and acute Anglophilia, director Stanley Kubrick shot all the interiors at Borehamwood’s Elstree Studios.
The Night Of The Demon
Jacques Tourneur’s masterpiece is chockful of easy-to-reach UK locations. But while the picture includes sequences that take place at Stonehenge and the British Museum, we urge you to seek out Brocket Hall, the Hertfordshire stately home that provides the setting for many of the movie’s most unsettling moments. Formerly the home of wealthy gadabout Charlie Brocket, the house now provides the backdrop to a brace of golf courses. Still, on a bleak winter’s day, you could be forgiven for thinking that ‘it’s’ in the trees…
William Friedkin’s supernatural masterpiece comes to a head at the Hitchcock Stairs which you’ll find at the corner of 36th and Prospect Streets in Georgetown, Washington D.C. If the location of the neighbouring house doesn’t look quite right, that’s because Friedkin had to build a temporary extension so that the building overlooked the stairway. As for how stuntman Chuck Waters was able to tumble down the stairs without breaking every bone in his body, the director attributes it to the steps being rubber-lined and Waters’ rare gift for death defiance.
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