One of the more unsung characters in the biggest Hollywood horror hits are the beautiful, yet oddly frightening, locations where they're shot. While many of our favorite scary films and television series are shot on expensive studio production sets, some are recorded in real places that, at one time or another, were on the market for purchase. As Americans enjoy this Halloween weekend, let's take a look back at a few of the most famous frightening dwellings from the Tinseltown film factory.
*Warning: Spoilers ahead.
'AMERICAN HORROR STORY': The Murder House
The inaugural season of FX's American Horror Story started out with a bang. A family moved from Boston to Los Angeles in hopes to start a new life after devastating loss and infidelity. If you've watched the series, you know that new life they sought wasn't all it was cracked up to be. The house that the fictional couple moved into is known in real life as the The Alfred Rosenheim Mansion, located in Country Club Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. It sold in 2015 for $3.2 million after years on the markets; at one time the sellers were asking as much as $17 million. The six bedroom, tudor-style home features five bathrooms, six fireplaces, a billiard room, and classic stained glass windows.
'STRANGER THINGS': The Byers House
The Byers' home, which was depicted as a small dwelling in Hawkins, Indiana, is actually located in rural Fayetteville, Georgia. In the hit Netflix series it was home to Joyce Byers (played by Winona Ryder) and her sons Will (Noah Schnapp) and Jonathan (Charlie Heaton), and the house itself took on an important role in the spooky plotline. Shortly after the fictional family hightailed it out of Hawkins for "safety," the house was up for sale in real life. The 1,846-square-foot ranch-style home went for $300,000. It features three bedrooms and two bathrooms and sits on 6.17 acres of land. The best part: it is now listed on Airbnb by the new owners so you can start planning your next vacation.
'HOCUS POCUS': Max & Dani's Home
This year has been a big one for fans of the 1993 Disney classic Hocus Pocus with the release of a long-awaited sequel. In the nearly three decades between the film releases, the home featured in the supernatural comedy became a tourist attraction. It's located in Salem, Massachusetts, where the movie is set and is, of course, where the notorious 17th century witch trials took place. Zillow's "zestimate" puts the 1,305-square-foot, three bedroom, one bathroom home at a valuation of about $550,000.
'A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET' Nancy Thompson's House
Aside from Freddy Krueger's claws and striped sweater, what is more iconic than that infamous blue door on Elm Street? Ok, maybe Freddy's hat, but the door is pretty close. Nightmare on Elm Street instilled fear in a large swath of 1980s moviegoers in part thanks to the final scene where heroine Nancy Thompson's mom Marge (played by Ronee Blakley) is pulled through the door's window. The house, which is actually located off of Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, and not in Springwood, Ohio, sold earlier this year for about $3 million. The initial asking price was about $3.3 million. The Dutch colonial-style home touts 6,752 square feet with three bedrooms and four and a half baths.
'HALLOWEEN': Michael Myers' and Laurie Strode's House
Admittedly, Michael Myers' childhood home is probably one of the least attractive on this list (maybe second to the Byers' home) but it is also what makes it extra creepy. It was the place Michael murdered his fictional family and has since been a symbol of the iconic franchise. The 1978 film was set in Haddonfield, Illinois, but the house it is actually located in South Pasadena, California. A cool fact about the home: it was once located at 707 Meridian Avenue in South Pasadena but was relocated to 1000 Mission Street and designated as a landmark.