When it comes to the horror genre, there are a lot of buildings involved. If you think about it for a second, dozens of images will swirl through your mind. The hotel from The Shining. That one house from The Changeling.
Perhaps you know some of these places are real, or at least, based on real locations. But perhaps there are a few you didn't. For no real good reason other than I like this kind of stuff, I've compiled a list of 5 Famous Fictional Places Based on Real Places.
1. "Overlook Hotel"/Stanley hotel
What makes the Stanley Hotel different from other places on the list is the fact tourists and locals alike have continuously acknowledged paranormal activity for most of its existence.
2. The ShawShank ReDemption: OHIO STATE REFORMATORY
Stephen King has a knack for finding creepy places of endless inspiration.
The fictional prison from story "Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption" was portrayed by the Ohio State Reformatory in the film adaptation The Shawshank Redemption.
When architect Levi T. Scofield designed the prison, it had all the God-fearing glory of the 19th Century. The idea was that the design would make sinners turn away from their dark paths and find new ones toward God.
The Ohio State Reformatory boomed with tourists and ghost hunters after the movie was released. In fact, for around $70 you can go ghost hunting in the prison today.
The prison claims to have eight locations that are particularly creepy. The Admin Basement, for instance, is said to be home to two entities. "One's nice while the other is not."
3.The Amityville House
The Amityville Horror is by far one of the most controversial pieces "based on a true story." Consider that The Exorcist was released four years before the book and you might already have your doubts.
It's a tale of the Lutz Family and Father Pecoraro. The family encounters dozens of strange happenings, such as a husband seeing his wife transform into a 90 year-old woman, and Father Pecoraro finds dark entities telling him to leave as he blesses the house.
Since the tale's creation, almost everything has been disputed, from the Native American tie-ins to when it snowed.
Whether fiction or reality, the house the Lutz Family stayed in actually did have some rich history. That is, if rich is any way to describe it.
The house was home to the DeFeo family until the fateful night Roland DeFeo, Jr. ran into local Henry's Bar screaming, "You got to help me! I think my mother and father are shot!" after murdering six of his own family members.
4. THat one house from 'the changeling'
Composer John Russell seeks solitude in an enormous, antiquated home after a car accident steals away his wife and daughter. Soon enough, Mr. Russell realizes he is not alone--his sorrow draws in the specter of a murdered child.
The monstrous house featured in the 1980s horror flick The Changeling is another structure that influenced a work of art. The Changeling is essentially a recounting of Russell Hunter's paranormal experiences during his stay in an old home in Denver.
Unfortunately, like a lot of tales based on a real experiences, parts of the story don't check out. But either way, it's a fun ride. And it's definitely not in full on YouTube.
5. THE EXORCIST: Georgetown University/St. Louis Unversity
Ever since 1973, The Exorcist stands as a quintessential piece of the paranormal genre. It's the creepy tale of a 12 year-old girl being possessed by demons.
What some of you may or may not realize is that the film--and novel of the same name--are based on true events about a young boy all around Missouri, but particularly the St. Louis area, from hospitals to the DuBourg Hall. At first the child's behavior was erratic but not that violent. Once the priests worked on the boy, though, that's when the convulsions and screaming came in.
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