Any horror movie fans worth their blood-drenched carving knives know that the brooding houses where villains stalk victims are often central to the most memorable moments in these gruesome flicks. Remember when Michael Myers falls off the balcony in “Halloween”? Or the haunted cookie-cutter suburban home in “Poltergeist”? How about the ending of “The Exorcist,” when a possessed Father Damien Karras hurls himself out the bedroom window and tumbles down the stairs to his death? These homes were integral to the horror.
So as the ultimate Halloween treat, we decided to do a bit of real estate stalking of our own to locate the actual abodes used in five classic horror movies to see how they’ve held up, and how much they’re worth today. To our delight, some of them—such as the “Poltergeist” house—still look like they did in the films, just with taller trees or a new paint job.
While none of these iconic places is currently for sale, it’s worth noting that all of them have an estimated value higher than the neighborhood median listing price. Could it be their spooky cinematic cachet? Or maybe it’s just that they’re all rather nice places (at least, by the light of day).
Dying to learn more about these infamous properties? Take a look below—if you dare.
The home featured in the movie “Poltergeist”
Location: Simi Valley, CA Estimated value: $767,400 Median listing price in 93063 ZIP: $615,100
Unlike earlier horror movies that took place in creepy Gothic mansions, the home of the Freeling family in “Poltergeist” is an average four-bed, three-bath tract house in the suburbs. And that’s just how producer Steven Spielberg wanted it. The property in Simi Valley, a bedroom community 40 minutes from downtown Los Angeles, was chosen because of how commonplace it looks.
“Steven liked that house because it was the end of the road. It was a two-story, valley-type mock Tudor, and it just fit everything. … He always wanted to be in normal residential areas,” Jim Spencer, the production designer on the 1982 horror film, told Yahoo.
Today, the house looks nearly identical to its celluloid self, save for the full-grown trees in the front yard that were just saplings during filming in the ’80s.
The home may be valued just about $150,000 more than the median listing price in Simi Valley, but we wouldn’t be surprised to see this iconic abode fetch top dollar from a horror movie buff, if it ever were to go on sale.
The house where Laurie baby-sits Tommy in the movie “Halloween”
Location: West Hollywood, CA Estimated value: $2,694,400 Median listing price in 90046: $1,800,100
Although this famous flick is set in the fictional town of Haddonfield, IL, the unassuming Cape Cod–style home that’s the site of the final showdown between baby sitter Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) and murderous bro Michael Myers is actually located in Los Angeles. Of the five houses we looked at, this was the only one whose exterior and interior were used.
The ultralow-budget film was shot in spring 1978, so the production team painted dozens of bags of fake leaves and sprinkled them around the house and streets to make it look like fall.
Today, the four-bedroom, two-bathroom house is valued at just a smidge under $2.7 million—not too shabby for a place that will give every visitor nightmares.
The house used in the film “The Exorcist,” as it stands today, in Washington, DC.
Location: Georgetown, Washington DC Estimated value: $3,690,700 Median listing price in 20007: $1,099,500
“The Exorcist” is considered one of the most disturbing films of all time, and most of the horrific happenings take place in the well-appointed home of Chris MacNeil and her daughter, Regan.
While the action inside the home was filmed in a studio in New York City, production chose a traditional brick house in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, DC, the city where the film takes place.
Fun fact: The staircase where Father Damien Karras dies is located close to the MacNeil house, although not as close as the film makes it look. The film crew had to build an extension of the front of the house in order to stage the scene of Karras falling from Regan’s bedroom window onto the stairs. The stairs were also padded with rubber so the stuntman wouldn’t get seriously injured rolling down them, according to USA Today.
The infamous stairs in “The Exorcist”
The first three “Amityville Horror” movies were filmed at this house.
Location: Toms River, NJ Estimated value: $1,075,163 Median listing price in 08753: $315,100
Anyone who has read the original “Amityville Horror” book or seen any of the movies knows that the real murders that inspired this (um, fictional) story happened at 108 Ocean Ave. in the town of Amityville on Long Island, NY. But since the town was unwilling to allow filming to take place there, the production team chose this four-bed, two-bath home in Toms River, NJ, to be immortalized in the 1979 film.
Exterior shots were filmed at the Toms River property, while the interior scenes were captured on a sound stage at MGM Studios in Los Angeles.
Although the home is currently valued at a little more than $1 million, the recent real estate history of this home is a sad tale. Listed in 2011 for $1.45 million, it languished on the market and endured steady price cuts for two years until, in July 2013, it sold for a measly $350,000.
The house where Nancy Thompson is stalked by Freddy Krueger in “A Nightmare on Elm Street”
Location: West Hollywood, CA Estimated value: $2,660,600 Median listing price in 90046: $1,800,100
Just a few blocks from the “Halloween” house is another iconic piece of real estate: the house where Freddy Krueger stalks Nancy Thompson in Wes Craven‘s 1984 film, “A Nightmare on Elm Street.” The movie took place in the suburban town of Springwood, OH, but the real house is on a tree-lined street in Los Angeles.
The three-bed, four-bath house sold in 2013 for $2.1 million, and its estimated value has crept up to $2.6 million—much higher than the neighborhood median listing price.
Interior shots were filmed on a set in Los Angeles where the crew could facilitate such famous scenes as a bed spewing a geyser of blood, a special effect that took 80 gallons of water and red paint that was then poured through an upside-down set, according to IFC.
Source: Housing Trends Feed