Horror movies more likely to be filmed on location

By Steve Mathie
Staff Writer
FilmingLocations.com


With the Halloween season just around the corner, many of us will be watching our favorite Halloween and horror movies. When you are watching you might notice that horror films are even more likely to be filmed on location that other films.

Why is this?

Well think about it, what is scarier that your own home? We have all been inside our own homes late at night and felt the goose bumps on our necks. So can you picture Hollywood filming a scary movie inside your house, or one of your friends houses that has creeped you out?

Halloween (1978), one of the most successful independent films of all time, is without question the king when it comes to movies in October. Its sequels were nothing to write home about, but they were all filmed on location, just like the original. The original Halloween that introduced the world to Michael Myers was filmed in suburban Hollywood and South Pasadena at different residential homes.

Halloween III, often criticized for its absence of Michael Myers, used a residential home, a grocery store and a food factory for filming locations in 1982.

Other bone-chilling favorites have also been filmed on location over the years. Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining was filmed in Colorado, Montana, New Hampshire, Oregon and California. The 1973 horror The Exorcist was filmed at dozens of locations in Washington, D.C. and New York.

These movies were filmed over 30 years ago, so do production companies still shoot horror films on location?

Filming in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is Sorority Row, a thriller in which sorority sisters are stalked by a masked serial killer. Night of the Demons is filming in New Orleans, Louisiana. Also filming now and set to be released next Halloween is Joe Estevez’s Horrorween, being shot in Ohio, California, New Jersey and New York.

These eerie films often times require minute locations that no one has even seen before. Both Alabama and Kentucky have horror films that are in some stage of production. Residents in Texas, North Carolina and South Carolina are all seeing horror films done in their state.

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