As the cradle of the movie business, the Los Angeles area is where many of the most popular horror films of all time have been filmed. From “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” to “Halloween” and “Poltergeist,” Hollywood productions have found plenty of spooky locations to shoot iconic scare fare.
From everytown U.S.A. suburban houses to creepy desert gas stations and ominous cemetery gates, you don’t have to venture far outside the city to find just about any kind of location a horror film could need. Of course, some of the scariest movies take place in some of the most placid suburban settings.
Small, bucolic villages like Sierra Madre and South Pasadena are the perfect innocent backdrops, and look like they could easily be in the eastern or midwestern U.S. The famous advice to save money on far-flung location filming and “shoot it in Griffith Park” was taken to heart by the makers of films including “Cabin Fever,” who used the Bronson Cave, familiar to fans of the 1960s “Batman” TV series.
Here are 21 locations that will look eerily familiar to any true horror film fan.