Want a more interactive experience after watching your favorite scary movies on Halloween? Here’s a list of six locations that filmmakers chose as settings for some of the most spooky (and in one case kooky) movies people will be watching again this season.
The Shining (1980): Timberline Lodge – Timberline Lodge, Oregon
Jack Nicholson fans will recognize this mountain retreat as the “Overlook Hotel” from the exterior scenes of “The Shining.” Beyond its film credits, the hotel boasts a rich history dating back to the American Frontier and is even recognized as a National Historic Landmark *. “Take your time to drive up the mountain to Timberline Lodge most known for the movie the Shining,” noted a TripAdvisor traveler.
The Blair Witch Project (1999): Seneca Creek Park – Montgomery County, Maryland
Near the tiny town of Burkittsville, travelers can be on the lookout for mysterious nocturnal madness at this 6,300-acre park where independent film makers shot several scenes of “The Blair Witch Project.” During the daytime travelers to the park can enjoy less alarming activities including fishing, hiking, and mountain biking. A TripAdvisor traveler commented, “Great park for the whole family!”
The Exorcist (1973): M Street Stairs in Georgetown – Washington, D.C.
In the historic Georgetown neighborhood, brave travelers can follow in the footsteps of “Exorcist” filmmakers by visiting the site of Father Karras’ climatic on-screen death. The area also offers travelers a chance to take a break from the horror, boasting plenty of charming shops and eateries. A TripAdvisor traveler noted, “Start with the Old Stone House, do some shopping on M St. NW, then head to Prospect St. to see the house where they filmed ‘The Exorcist’ and see the famous stairs.”
The Omen (1976): Bishop’s Park – London, England
Along the Thames River, film fans can visit the park where Father Brennan warns Mr. Thorn that his newly adopted child is demonic, before making his way to the nearby All Saints Church where a fallen lightning rod ends his attempt to save the family. Travelers will likely find their visits less menacing, as a TripAdvisor traveler noted, “It was so relaxing taking a stroll on the pathway along the Thames River under the lovely trees with their long spreading branches.”
Vertigo (1958): Mission San Juan Bautista – San Juan Batista, California
Regarded as one of Hitchcock’s more renowned films, travelers who hold “Vertigo” in high praise can visit this Spanish mission where retired police office Scottie Ferguson watches the woman he loved fall from the bell tower. Built in 1797, the historic grounds also boast lush gardens, a well-preserved chapel, and museum. A TripAdvisor traveler commented, “Overall quite authentic from the early 19th century. The Hitchcock film Vertigo was partially filmed here.”
The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975): The Oakley Court – Windsor, England
Featured in a handful of horror films, this Victorian Gothic mansion is best remembered as The “Frankenstein Place” in “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” Now a luxury hotel, fans of the cult classic experience the “Time Warp” in one of 118 elegantly appointed rooms. “We knew that it would be an interesting stay when the cab driver from Windsor station told us that it was the setting for Rocky Horror and ‘quite creepy’,” commented a TripAdvisor traveler.
*Although Timberline Lodge set the scene for “The Shining,” Stephen King was first inspired to write the thrilling novel after staying in room 217 of the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado. With multiple reports of hotel hauntings, paranormal enthusiasts can book the “Ghost Adventure Package” for a spine-tingling stay.