Halloween is all about a few simple pleasures: spooky décor, candy, tacky costumes and of course, scary movies. Whether you’re a hardcore horror fanatic or just enjoy the spirit of Halloween, some horror films have stabbed a special place in our hearts. But aside from the memorable characters and creepy music scores, are the houses. Yes, the houses.
When films are intended to scare, the production design is a crucial all-out affair, particularly because these living spaces are often the motivation for all the good creepy stuff. And because unique rental homes happen to be our specialty, Oasis Collections has put together a terrifying list of the top 5 horror movie houses, from old British manors to ’80s-mod Manhattan apartments.
| Rosemary’s baby (1968) |
So when Rosemary gets pregnant in her new home, she becomes convinced that a demon spirit in the apartment building has cursed her unborn child. But if one doesn’t mind a history of murder and satanic rituals, then this airy 3-bedroom apartment in NYC’s Bramford building is the perfect fit for any young couple.
Like most New York apartments of film and television, the kitchen and living spaces are outlandishly large, the hallways fulsome and a cozy wood fireplace helps set the ambiance. Hell, the place even has bay windows. Aside from all the occult action, Rosemary’s apartment actually reminds us of some of our own chic vacation rentals. But given the price of real estate in NYC, are we really supposed to believe this abode is affordable enough for housewife Rosemary and her struggling actor husband? Puh-lease.
(Fun fact: The actual building used in Rosemary’s Baby is New York’s The Dakota, where John Lennon lived)
| American Psycho (2000) |
OK, so the horror label may be a bit of a stretch for American Psycho, which is probably better described as a (satirical) psychological thriller, but it seems there’s enough mutilation, blood splatter and human hacking going on in this film to justify the choice.
Investment banker Patrick Bateman’s 1980s-mod Manhattan pad has an obsessive flawlessness that reflects the silent instability of his character. This all-white bachelor pad is as alluring as it is deadly; with hard lines and little color, this Manhattan apartment is chic, modern and pristine with spectacular views of the New York skyline. Like the man himself, Batemans’s digs are en vogue, with a detached sterility that shows a lack of personality. But most importantly, the apartment is just suave as all hell. Plus, copious amounts of blood are nothing a few stacks of newspapers can’t tidy up.
| The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) |
Not too many houses were ever quite as scary as the Victorian-style Sawyer family residence from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Out in the middle of nowhere, without so much as an overpriced corner store for miles around, this grimy little house is surrounded by plenty of beautiful sprawling Texas countryside.
While not quite up to Oasis standards for luxury vacation rentals, this humble abode is occupied by the notorious Sawyer family and the legendary Leatherface himself, yet still maintains a certain nostalgic charm. But even with the cannibalistic Sawyer clan living here, the home is surprisingly spacious and uncluttered. The dining room is a big draw, with ample seating for the entire family and still enough room for entertaining bound-and-gagged victims if need be. Everything from the armchairs to the lampshades are entirely custom, but the fact that most of the furniture is made from human remains ensures the whole place is pretty horrifying.
| The Shining (1980) |
The Overlook Hotel would probably deserve the No. 1 spot if it were more unambiguously a house. Still, the place is home for Jack Torrance and his family, who arrive to be the caretakers of this sprawling Colorado property. More to the point, the place is wrought with superbly long hallways, Native American style décor, cavernous rooms, blood-gushing elevators and an oppressive amount of wallpaper.
It’s a great place to stay and chase your family around for a few days, but make sure you’re immune to Jack Torrance’s cabin fever. The horror at the Overlook Hotel is subtle; there’s no hacked-up bodies or goo-oozing walls, but there’s something about the wide rooms filled with creepy old ladies and deviant ghosts in animals costumes that make Jack’s descent into madness that much scarier. As an added bonus, the property comes complete with an impressively manicured hedge maze, offering the perfect escape from dull days and axe-wielding maniacs.
| The Amityville Horror (1977 / 2005) |
With so many terrifying houses throughout film history, number one is always going to be controversial. But let’s explain our reasoning: both the 1979 and 2005 remake of The Amityville Horror are well-stocked with effusive 1970s decor (plaid on plaid on plaid), and the house itself is the film’s antagonist. Dark and creepy are not typical design elements for a little girl’s bedroom, but certainly are in George and Kathy Lutz’s Dutch Colonial home in Amityville, New York.
Unlike our own catalog of vacations rentals, Amityville has all the goodies that make any haunted abode worth gawking at – plenty of wood paneling, floral wallpaper and mustard everything! But with the added bonus of being attached to a seminal classic and based on (semi) true events, The Amityville Horror has become a template for all other haunted houses.New York, USA