Oh, the Horror! Peek Inside Scary Homes Hollywood Made Famous
By Anne Miller | Realtor.com
No black cats here. Nor do suicidal ghosts, peeping Toms, murderers or vampires really haunt these lairs, at least not as far as we can tell. But pop culture aficionados will recognize the graceful architecture, the pool-side haunts and the tree-lined grounds (perfect for hiding bodies) from hit movies and TV shows. Some rooms may not be recognizable in daylight, much less natural light, but fret not — we know where the ghouls lurk.
“The House on Haunted Hill”
The hilltop home known as the Ennis House is a Mayan-inspired mansion designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and built by his son, Lloyd Wright, in 1924. The home boasts 6,200 square feet, including chauffeur’s quarters, but the real showstopper is more than 27,000 hand-crafted concrete blocks. The classic 1959 B-movie “The House on Haunted Hill,” starring master horror craftsman Vincent Price was filmed here, as well as scenes from “Blade Runner” and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.”
The younger Wright added the pool, shown below, for a new owner in 1940, and it makes a cameo in 1975′s “Day of the Locust.”
This stupendous, confounding — and, in the show, dark, murderous and haunted — house formed the core of this serial frightfest. In real life, the 1908 mansion has six bedrooms, servant’s quarters and Tiffany glass windows, on three-quarters of an acre outside Los Angeles. Fans of the show will notice the lack of creepy frontal vines.
A chapel with a 56-foot-high ceiling boasted a recording studio, with plenty of room for an audience. Imagine the acoustics in those rafters. The light might seem misleading to fans of the show, which was all shadows and dark corners. Like the other house, “Buffy” filmed here, too (she really got around).
This house has the dubious honor of realizing horror both real and fictionalized. Here, in this Long Island five-bedroom gem along the water, Ronald DeFeo Jr. murdered his mother, father and four siblings in 1974. Shortly after, another family moved in — and swore they witnessed so many unexplained phenomena, such as a freakish insect swarm and odd apparitions, that they moved out within a month.
In this 2007 flick loosely based on the classic “Rear Window,” Shia LeBeouf’s character, Kale Brecht, spies on his neighbors when he’s placed under house arrest. He thinks he has witnessed a murder. Frankly, we’d be tempted to kill for those built-ins in this 1910 stunner, with five bedrooms, two baths, a basement and a patio.
This is the abode of Sophie-Anne, the vampire queen of Louisiana. Show fans should recognize that pool instantly. This Malibu manse includes 13 bedrooms, 14 bathrooms and views that are anything but scary. Of course, the show couldn’t highlight the sun glistening off the palm trees, vampires being deadly allergic to the light and all, and that outdoor kitchen was completely wasted on them. But we can appreciate it.
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