Five of the Most Iconic Horror Filming Locations in the USA

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Spooky season has arrived and we’re here to shine some light on where a few of the most memorable horror movies were filmed within the USA. If you’re a horror movie buff, or simply a lover of all things scary, then read on to find out where your favourite flicks were created.

The Blair Witch Project, Maryland

The Blair Witch Project is a fan favourite amongst lovers of the genre, and this particular thriller was filmed primarily in Maryland USA. This movie was granted a Guinness World Record for the ‘Top Budget: Box Office Ratio’, as it only cost $60,000 to create, while it made over $248 million in return. Following the success of the film, fans flocked to Montgomery’s Seneca State Park, which is where the majority of the filming took place. This area is located just a mere 40 minutes away from the historic village of Burkittsville, which was the filming location for a couple of scenes in the beginning of the movie, and is also a popular trip amongst fans of the film.

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Friday the 13th, New Jersey

While you may know it as Camp Crystal Lake, the campsite where Friday the 13th was filmed is actually called ‘Camp No-Be-Bo-Sco’ and is still an operating summer camp in Hardwick, New Jersey. The majority of the film was captured at Camp No-Be-Bo-Sco, making it the most significant filming location, and the most popular amongst fans. The campsite offers a range of Friday the 13th themed tours, where horror lovers can visit the filming locations, take photos, canoe on the lake and partake in archery! Plus, there’s often special guests and celebrity names that appear at these tours and host meet and greets. To find out more, click here

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The Conjuring, North Carolina

The Conjuring is a fantastic film, based on the events of the Perrin family, whose home is said to have been a hotspot for paranormal activity during their residency in the 1970s. While the Perron family’s real home was located in Burrillville, Rhode Island, the house featured in the film was a replica built in Wilmington, North Carolina. The Rhode Island home that the franchise was based on has since opened as a campsite, allowing supernatural enthusiasts to visit for themselves and even stay overnight on the property grounds, are you brave enough? Visit this link for more information. 

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Scream, California

The Scream franchise follows some mysterious murders in the fictional town of Woodsboro. While Woodsboro itself is not real, the majority of the scenes were filmed near Sacramento, California. In Santa Rosa, you’ll find Sidney Prescott’s home, where she was attacked by Ghostface on numerous occasions. Sonoma Community Centre, known as Woodsboro High School in the films, is just a 30-minute drive from the Prescott’s house and is also a popular site amongst fans. If you fancy reading about some of the other filming locations from the Scream movies, click here

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The Amityville Horror, New Jersey

While the house that inspired The Amityville Horror can be found in Long Island, the one that was featured within the first three films is located in New Jersey, and was renovated to resemble the original. It’s important to note that this house is somebody’s home, therefore you can only admire it from the street. If you’re in the area, you can also pay a visit to Toms River Township Municipal Building, which was featured as the town hall in The Amityville Horror.

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