This Imgur user has shared this fantastic horror map of the United States. I don’t know what else to say except that it’s a really cool visual representation of our favorite genre’s geography. It also makes me happy that You’re Next made it on here.
Check it out below!
I always thought “Near Dark” was in Oklahoma… maybe I need to watch it again… sober this time…
As I recall, Near Dark was set (and mostly filmed) in Oklahoma.
At least I’m not the only one…
Not pictured, but should be added: Hawaii – The Perfect Getaway, and Alaska – 30 Days of Night. 😀
Or King Kong. Not really a horror movie, but definitely falls in the monster category.
I wonder how many horror movie towns exist though because Haddonfield Illinois is not a real town. Halloween was filmed in Pasadena California. Even Rob Zombies versions.
Kubricks Shining didn’t use the Stanley Hotel either. They filmed it in Oregon so Yeah it’s a cool map but according to where they were filmed inaccurate.
it isn’t about where the movie was FILMED, its about where the movie is SET.
Unbind your shorts geez. People these days. I said it’s a cool map didn’t I idiot wait let me look…… Yeah after rereading my comment I did say and I quote “IT’S A COOL MAP” there did you see it that time.
Convenient how you didn’t quote yourself inaccurately calling it inaccurate though. Which was the part he was correcting.
Wow such tension amongst all you failed film makers and so called movie buffs. Well your next shitty film, the crazies crap too. Where are the Saw movies, What about Vile or The Human Centiipede? C’mon. And four that matter where is The Last House On The Left? that was one of Craven’s best because of content for the time it was made.
And there are sequels on the map too not very original…
This map is based on where the films took place, not where they were filmed.
Halloween was obviously not filmed in Illinois, but California.
It still takes place in Colorado. The Overlook is fictional, just inspired by the Stanley.
How do you pick The New Daughter over Slither???
Near Dark takes place in OK/TX…not KS.
No Hawaii or Alaska?
Wow, this is awesome.never knew that friday the 13th took place in jersey!
Yeah, I knew, but always thought it was funny there was never any kids with “Jersey” or New York accents… they all were pretty much mid-westerners.
We dont really have accents too much actually, north jersey may have a little but thats all Bennys / new yorkers
Yup, and filmed there too, at Camp No Be Bos Co. I was actually a Cub Scout when the first movie came out and camped there a number of times. Absolutely the best campfire stories ever — every time a deer stepped on a branch in the woods at night that was “Jason”.
Carrie is great and all but to choose it over “IT” for Maine, are you high?
IT was a terrible film, even by TV movie standards.
Yeah, just you move over Brian DePalma, award winning director!!!!
It was a TV mini series that’s probably why it wasn’t.
yea jeepers creepers was filmed about an hour from me ive seen that old church more then a couple times
I don’t know if I would call An American Crime a horror movie but its very fucked up for a true story.
You are forgetting Stir of Echoes was filmed in Chicago, and a majority of my catalog — well Glendale Heights, Illinois caught the brunt of Legend Keeper. I think Wes Craven could had a lot of fun setting one of his movies in Wheaton, Illinois. You have Halloween that put us on the map then you have Charles Beaumont, Robert Bloch, Ray Bradbury, James M. Barlog, John Everson and me all came from this area.
The Fog is wrong – sort of. The original Carpenter film was set in the fictional Antonio Bay, California (it was filmed in Point Reyes, Tomales Bay, and Los Angeles, CA). The remake was set on the fictional Antonio Island, Oregon and was filmed (mostly) on Vancouver Island, Canada.
Yeah I think they were going with the remake. There’s not really many choices for horror movies set in OR. Maybe Spiral?
Dr. Giggles was filmed in and I think set in Portland…
Man, I really wish ‘Invasion of the Body Snatchers’ represented California instead of ‘Scream’.
I’d be happy if Poltergeist was representing California.
Or Phantasm and Poltergeist.
Or Psycho, since 80%+ of that film was set in California, and is one of the grandfathers of the genre.
I’m pretty sure The Evil Dead was supposed to take place in Michigan
I know for a fact the cabin was filmed in Tennessee. I don’t recall them ever mentioning Michigan in the movie. I could be wrong.
It was actually filmed in Tennessee and Michigan. But yeah, I don’t recall anything being mentioned in the film.
I know Evil Dead II was filmed in Michigan and NC
Except for all the Michigan State shirts.
the premise is that they are 5 University of Michigan students
From what I remember, you never get a sense of where they are. Students are allowed to travel out of state.
I was thinking the same thing.
The Evil Dead was filmed in a cabin in the TN woods. Some of the move was filmed in Michigan. I think that Bruce Campbell is from Michigan.
Bruce Campbell, Sam Rami, most of the cast (of the original), the entire crew…
The Evil Dead focuses on five Michigan State University students: Ash Williams and his girlfriend Linda, accompanied by Ash’s sister Cheryl, their friend Scotty, and his girlfriend Shelly, who venture into the Tennessee hills to vacation in an isolated cabin for their spring break.(Straight from wikipedia) I knew that they were from MSU because of clothing and little things or items. But why would a group of college kids “venture” to the TN woods, when Michigan is pretty damn woodsy? ESPECIALLY out and around the MSU area.
Nope Tennessee, unless you mean the recent remake, dont have a clue where it was set
I moved up to Illinois when I was ten and then one day, I noticed that the town I moved to, Braidwood, is on the train map shown near the beginning of Halloween 6.
The Shining was inspired by the Stanley Hotel in Colorado but was supposed to be in New England, right?
No. It was one of the few Stephen King stories to not take place in Maine.
Word, went to The Stanley last month..wish I could afford to actually stay there a night.. But had a “Redrum Punch” at the bar. Beautiful place.
30 Days of Night took place in Alaska, should have that too
This was a pretty sloppy list.
Alabama – Laid To Rest, but would maybe consider Dead Birds
Alaska – 30 Days Of Night
California – The Howling
Delaware – Trigger Man (since they’re counting Deliverance)
Florida – Day Of The Dead
Georgia – Squirm
Hawaii – A Perfect Getaway
Indiana – Bloodrage
Louisiana – The Beyond
Michigan – Assault On Precinct 13
New Mexico – toss up between The HIlls Have Eyes (2006) or Let Me In
New York – Rosemary’s Baby
North Carolina – The Descent
Oklahoma – Bug
Oregon – Spiral
South Carolina – Slither
Washington – The Changeling
Wisconsin – Dawn Of The Dead (2004)
Wait. You would replace Amityville horror with rosemary ‘ baby? And did anyone else notice that some how Amityville and Conjuring were placed in 2 different places when the conjuring is an investigation of that house in Amityville NY?
Rosemary’s Baby is way better than Amityville Horror.
The Conjuring wasn’t an investigation of the Amityville house. The Warrens investigated it earlier in their career.
Conjuring Rhode Island it was however another Ed and Lorraine Warren case.
Yeah see what I mean. Where’s Chucky? Where’s Insidious? You got it JB we should all start our own lists. What an influence you are I just watched Crowsnest and Scar both worth watching.
A Perfect Getaway takes place in Hawaii
I don’t think Pumpkinhead (North Carolina) is accurate. Not that it really matters all that much. The movie was not filmed in NC, and I couldn’t find anywhere that to location of the story was in NC. Was Pumpkinhead just a “filler” because NC was an open slot?
The movie Cape Fear is based on a true story, that actually took place in NC, and was filmed on location in NC. This would have been a better choice.
The Pumpkinhead legend is supposed to take place right where the Hatfield vs McCoy fued was..
That’s in the Ozarks.
That is at the border of Kentucky and West Virginia. Pikeville, Ky to be exact. That is where I was born and most my family is from.
Agreed. I didn’t think Pumpkinhead was right and it’s not. Cape Fear is a MUCH better selection.
There’s also a bunch of smaller horror flicks filmed near here that might would work. Eli Roth’s Cabin Fever comes to mind.
Close Encounters is a horror movie? since when?????
I think it’s the only thing that was set in Wyoming that comes close to a horror film.
I was thinking the same thing. 2012, Unforgiven or Taken in Broad
Daylight would all be better choices, considering each has elements of
horror/terror whereas Close Encounters doesn’t really.
I’ve never heard of jingles (perhaps it’s as horror as close encounters), but shouldn’t Michigan be The Evil Dead?
Thats what I was saying. And I dont think Jeepers Creepers was in Florida, but other than that he’s pretty spot on.
Jeepers Creepers was filmed in FL – not far from where I live. Not sure where it was supposed to take place though. So maybe this is also going by film location.
Evil Dead took place in and was filmed in Tennessee.
Think its actually Jingles the Clown (2009) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1584708/?ref_=nm_flmg_prd_3
Go back a rewatch A Nightmare on Elm Street. It was set in California. The license plates say California, there are palm trees and they talk about the possibility of an earthquake.
Nope, A Nightmare On Elm Street was set in the fictional Midwestern town of Springwood, Ohio..
can confirm, am Ohioan
That’s something made up in late equals, not the original
Doesn’t look much like Ohio.
hopefully the pictures show up this time
That’s just proof of shitty filmmaking. And young Johnny Depp.
Q: Springwood is listed as being in Ohio in Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare. I thought it was in California. Why the change?
A: The first Nightmare was originally written as taking
place in a California suburb—though it’s not mentioned in the actual
film. In the second film, a name is given to the suburb: Springwood. In
an effort to keep Springwood the typical “small American neighborhood,”
no state was officially mentioned. It wasn’t until the production of the
television series Freddy’s Nightmares that Springwood would
evolve into a singular town in Ohio. New Line executive, and often
scriptwriter, Michael De Luca placed the town in Ohio as homage to Nightmare creator Wes Craven, who was born in Cleveland. After the series’ run, De Luca wrote Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare, which officially placed Springwood in the state of Ohio.
Again, later sequels established the setting as Ohio, but the original was in California.
the original halloween was filmed in pasadena, ca
Again, the map is where the movies take place, not where they were filmed. Halloween takes place in Illinois.
Poor film making doesn’t change where the movie was “set”.
The Fog took place in California not Oregon.
1980 version – California
2005 version – Oregon
1980 version – California
2005 Version – Oregon
The shining was filmed in Oregon at the timberline lodge.
Ahh. Ty for the link.
Also the Shining was not filmed in Colorado. It was filmed at a few different movie studios, timberline lodge in Oregon, and a couple locations in Europe.
The Shining was based in Colorado. This map shows where movies were based. However it was partly filmed in Colorado. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0081505/
I think the map is based on the setting within the movie, not where it was actually filmed
The Shining was filmed in the Stadley Hotel in Estes Park Colorado. Look it up, I have been there many times. Everyone knows it’s the Shining Hotel!
Incorrect. All the interior filming was in a movie studio. I did look it up. It was a fictional hotel. Exterior as stated before was Timberline lodge in Oregon.
Kubrick’s “The Shining” was almost completely filmed in studios in England. The mountains at the beginning are in Montana. And a couple exterior shots of the hotel are from the Timberline Lodge in Oregon. Stephen King was inspired to write the novel at the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado. The novel and film are set in Colorado, but none of the filming was done there.
The TV miniseries starring Stephen Weber was partially shot at the Stanley Hotel, however. But I doubt anyone really cares about that version.
The map shows where the movies take place, not where they were filmed.
How do you not put Night of the Living Dead or Dawn of the Dead in Ohio? Or Day of the Dead in Florida? All three are far more iconic than Jeepers Creepers or even Nightmare on Elm Street.
Because George Romero, the creator of Night of the Living Dead is from Pennsylvania and filmed Night of the Living Dead in Pennsylvania.
Dawn of the Dead 1978 was based in Pittsburg, PA…not Ohio
Dawn of the Dead 2004 was based in Milwaukee, WI… not Ohio
I disagree. Freddy Kruger is more iconic then Night of the Living Dead, especially to today’s generation. And let’s be honest just the thought of something like Freddy existing is far scarier then an old zombie flick.
Yes, because there’s no such thing as Freddy Krueger costumes sold every Halloween. Horribly uniconic.
jaws was based in MA?
The neat thing about this map is that most of the films that were selected as favorites for their state took place in that state. For instance, A Nightmare on Elm Street revealed late in the series that it was in Ohio,
The Amityville Horror was in New York, Scream in California, and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre in Texas (of course).
Close Encounters is a horror movie??Yeah,I remember being scared shitless during that one.WTF
Most of Carnival of Souls was filmed in Lawrence Kansas.
But it’s set in Utah.
Dude. “The Crazies” for Iowa? That’s messed up. What about Children of the Corn?
Yeah, at the end, when the credits roll, that news reporter is actually a local iowan news reporter
Children of the Corn was filmed in parts of Iowa but based in Nebraska.
Return of the Living Dead wasn’t actually filmed in Louisville, though…
It’s where they were set, not filmed. Although I’m sure some of these were filmed in their respective locations. Also I was pretty depressed the day I found out none of it was shot in Louisville…Not even a tidbit. I live like 20 miles from there.
Some of it was. they talk about it in ‘more brains’ documentary
I’ll have to check that out. Thanks
I never paid attention before but I just now watched the beginning again and you can clearly see the Louisville skyline while they are driving lol.
Yea some of it was.
Checkout ‘more brains’ documentary. they talk about it
THIS is going to be my new screen saver…just telling you because I know someBODY cares.
Terror at Tenkiller? Somebody made a movie about Lake Tenkiller??
“Packers win the Super Bowl!”
Apparently Alaska and Hawaii are pretty boring places.
The Fourth Kind was in Alaska.
And 30 Days of Nights
Only the first 10 minutes of Psycho were set in Arizona. The rest – and all the Bates Motel stuff – was in California. So that should be fixed. It’s not an “Arizona” film.
The Fog sucked! can’t oregon have a better one than that?
AK = 30 Days of Night, HI = Jaws (the only horrible thing that could ever happen there)
You’re right about ’30 Days of Night’ but ‘Jaws’ took place in Massachusetts. It’s on the map.
I think “Jaws: The Revenge” took place in Hawaii? Or it may have been The Bahamas or Jamaica maybe…
pumpkinhead for nc? bad choice
Dude. Pumpkinhead is awesome.
I hate to tell you this, but “Close Encounters Of The Third Kind” was not a horror movie, because when I first saw it, I was not scared. I:-(
1. close encounters of the 3rd kind happened in indiana (primarily, though was a world-wide event) and wyoming (devil’s tower)….
2. the shinging occurred at a ski resort hotel in colorado.
in retrospect. it helps if the map you look at on google has all the states in the right spot… my bad (err, their bad i guess)
Ugh. Why do they have the remake of The Fog listed on this map? That movie was one of the worst I have ever seen. John Carpenter’s The Fog took place in CA.
You are so right…the only thing that was worth watching in one of the worst remakes of a Horror Movie was the back story of the lepers…
LOL, I guess the pickings are kind of slim when it comes to movies set in Oregon; Alien Apocalypse, Mr. Brooks, The Woods, Mean Creek to name a few. I guess my choice would go to Elephant, since Badlands is listed for South Dakota…
I’d choose ‘Coraline’ for the Oregon movie.
Halloween takes place in Hadonfield, NJ….
There is no Haddonfield in Illinois. Just like there is no Shermer, Illinois for the John Hughes movies. Castle Rock and Derry, Maine also do not exist. All the cars in the movies have California license plates. The movie was based on the real town of Haddonfield, NJ, where one of the writers is from…. http://savethedate.blog.com/2011/09/01/thinking-thursdsay-michael-myers-halloween/
No, because if you watch the movie, they actually say on the screen “Haddonfield, IL”
Being from Jersey, I would love it if this were true. However, the town is named after Haddonfield, NJ, because someone who worked on the film was from there, but it is set in Illinois.
Coulda swore NOES once took place in Springwood, IL.
No, It takes place in Ohio. don’t remember where it was said at the moment. but it’s somewhere
They missed Alaska 30 Days of Night
Snowtown, South Australia. I grew up in that area.
“Jingles” my ass! Michigan is Evil Dead!
they travelled to tennessee in that old car to spend time in an old ass cabin. yep, sounds pretty much like what michiganders do
It’s only a 7 hour drive. Or you could drive 7 hours from Detroit and almost be in the upper peninsula.
Map totally sucks. Way better movies could have been selected. Close Encounters was a horror movie? Amityville Horror? Seriously? It never happened, it was just tragic murders by a sick older brother. Scream? Seriously?
Who made this map? A 5 year old intern?
if you’re such an authority on the subject, why don’t you make a better map, then?
That’s a good idea!
Waiting to see your “better” map.
children of the corn took place in whiting iowa not in nebraska
The original Children of the Corn story and film takes place in Gatlin Nebraska…
Jeepers Creepers for FL? I thought it was supposed to represent the New Jersey Devil?
It was filmed in Ocala, but I didn’t realize it was set there…
I didn’t think it was supposed to be set in Florida either… The creature reminded me of the NJD so I thought I’d ask/comment…
If that true, wouldn’t the Shining be for Oregon
Jeepers Creepers is based in Florida, they make that very clear through the entire movie.
The Fog? Why is that even a thing? Shitty movie, horrible short story — UGH
The Fog was an original screenplay by John Carpenter. Maybe you are confusing it with The Mist?
Not that I’m expecting Scientific Method here, but what were the criterion taken into consideration in producing this abortion?
Let’s not forget that Close Encounters of the Fourth Kind was in Alaska!
I was leaning more towards 30 Days of Night
I would have the Dunwich Horror for Mass.
I would identify anything Lovecraft with Rhode Island.
Actually “Psycho” started in Arizona but was mostly in California.
you’re missing two states
Close Encounters was not a horror movie.
Wouldn’t Alaska be 30 days of night?
It’s just a freaking map! For fun, let it go. It’s not like it has to be accurate, it was made for fun, so just look at it as such and stop over analyzing shit! You people ruin everything!
I agree “Close Encounters” wasn’t a horror movie to me either the aliens were too friendly. War Of The Worlds fits the Genre better but it probably wasn’t based in that state. And no Bloggers are aloud to blog What is that amendment I learned in high school oh yeah “Freedom of Speech and Expression.” They analyzed a lot to make it why can’t I analyze it to make sure it’s correct. NO SEQUALS
“Badlands” is a horror movie? Since when? Maybe they just didn’t have any other options for South Dakota?
Well, sorta… I guess.
It’s weird that a well known state like Hawaii doesn’t seem to have any horror films set in it. The closest I can come up with is, A Perfect Getaway, which is more of a thriller.
What is “Jingles”? And should The Evil Dead count for Tennessee or Michigan?
it’s a crappy killer clown movie
The original CRAZIES was filmed by George Romero and is shot and takes place in Pennsylvania
Children of the Corn was filmed in Iowa not Nebraska.
Its not about where it was filmed but more about what the movie is about. Such as Duke’s of Hazard. That is suppose to be a Georgia type of movie but it was mainly filmed in Louisiana.
mr jingles is michigan which dumb it should be “Christine”, 30 days of night should be Alaska, they should also show from dusk til dawn as mexico as well even though its not the usa, and the lost boys or poltergeist should be california
I’d much rather Georgia be known for Zombie Land than Deliverance.
Missouri – represent!
If we’re just picking random movies for states then I pick Grumpy Old Men for Minnesota :P.
can you buy this map?
Actually, didn’t The Ring take place in Astoria, OR (and not Washington)?
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