5 Real-Life Horror Movie Filming Locations

Love scary movies? Check out real homes, hotels and other spots where some of your favorite horror flicks were filmed.
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Rosemary's Baby

Renamed "The Bramford" for the 1968 horror classic Rosemary's Baby, The Dakota on New York's Upper West Side lent its stately exterior as Rosemary and Guy's new apartment in the film. When this exclusive co-op apartment building was finished in 1884, the Upper West Side was sparsely populated, but The Dakota has become known as home to celebrities including John Lennon (shot and killed at the entrance), Leonard Bernstein and Lauren Bacall.

The Shining

Although The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colo., was the inspiration for Stephen King's best-selling novel The Shining, the exterior shots of Stanley Kubrick's movie version were filmed at the Timberline Lodge, a historic ski lodge in Mount Hood, Ore. One piece of hotel trivia: In the book, the sinister room is number 217, but the hotel asked Kubrick to change the number to 237 in the movie so real guests wouldn't avoid the room.

Friday the 13th

As the main filming location for the slasher flick Friday the 13th, Camp No-Be-Bo-Sco, a Boy Scout camp in New Jersey, served as the fictional Camp Crystal Lake of the movie. Many of the structures, like the totem pole pictured here, the main cabin, the archery range and the lake, look much the same. Please note: Camp No-Be-Bo-Sco is privately owned and is not open to the public for visiting or tours.

The Blair Witch Project

With 63,000 acres of forests, lakes and hiking trails, Seneca Creek State Park in Montgomery County, Md., is a nature lover's paradise in reality and a creepy place of doom in the psychological thriller The Blair Witch Project, which follows three students producing a documentary about a local witch. Black Rock Mill (pictured) is the starting point for the trail to Coffin Rock, where the three students camp for the night and where five men were supposedly ritualistically murdered.

The Amityville Horror

Although 112 Ocean Avenue in Amityville, N.Y., is the real-life location of the DeFeo family murder in 1974 and the supposed events of the book and movie The Amityville Horror, the movie itself was filmed at this lovely home at 18 Brooks Road in Toms River, N.J. The home was remodeled to feature the "eye" windows famous in the original home, but were removed after filming.

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