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Your guide to visiting your favorite movies and TV shows in real life.
There's a moment in every hero's life when they will choose to either become a savior of humanity... or a villain. If you take the champion's road, yours will be a journey of sacrifice and loss. If you take the villain's road… well, let's be honest, the dark side always has way more fun.
Anyway, we're not hear to talk about heroes. We're here to be bad! Leave your honor and duty at the door, good-guys, because we're hitting the road to visit the most villainous hideouts in fictional history. Mwahaha!
1. The National Museum of the American Indian
Everyone's favorite Carpathian, Vigo Von Homburg Deutschendorf, was a 16th century medieval sorcerer and all-round jerk-hole. Vigo spends his days absorbing evil vibes from the river of pink slime running under NYC.
The real external filming location for the Manhattan Museum of Art was the National Museum of the American Indian in NYC.
2. Camp Crystal Lake
Professional stabber Jason Voorhees got his start at Camp Crystal Lake thanks to his equally stabby mother Mrs. Voorhees.
In the first film, Mamma Voorhees goes on a murderous rampage, slaying the sexy teens responsible for her son's death, but it was Jason who continues on the family legacy for 12, bouncy-breasted, blood-slathered installations.
The real-life filming location for the infamous Camp Crystal lake is the Boy Scouts of America camp, No-Be-Bo-Sco. Originally opening in 1927, the camp was used to film the horror phenomenon in 1979. If you're lucky, you can catch one of their occasional film tours.
3. Tudor City
Oh Willem Dafoe, you are the king of creepy. Well, you and maybe Ron Howard's younger brother... he's pretty creepy too. I digress.
The Green Goblin (played in 2002 by Willem Defoe) has been the alias for several villains, most famously, however, Norman Osborn. He's Spider-man's Halloween themed, pumpkin tossing arch enemy, and his hideout was the amazing gothic apartment (at least in the film), at East and 1st in Manhattan.
4. The White House
Kevin Spacey is incapable of being a bad actor. It's like his mutant power is being awesome at everything, and Frank Underwood is no exception to the rule.
Frank is the anti-hero you can't help but love. His plotting, scheming, backstabbing, (SPOILER) murdering, and all around villainous behavior has made him one of the most memorable bad guys in recent years. Knock, knock!
5. Michael Myers' Home
This is the house where a six-year-old Mikey began his murderous rampage on the town of Haddonfield, Illinois. Michael's got some deep-seeded issues about teenagers getting busy, and he just can't help but stab the sin out of them. According to the films, he's been slicing and dicing regularly since Halloween 1963.
The actual external filming location for the Myers homestead is in South Pasadena. When the the film was shot in 1978, the house was just an abandoned building, making it a perfect (and creepy) location to spawn a horror classic. Today the house has been turned into the Alegria Chiropractic Center where visitors come to get their backs rubbed instead of stabbed.
6. Poltergeist House
In this 1982 classic, the Freeling Family move into their new home in Cuesta Verde, and have a really, really, really bad time when they find out their house is infested with some real a-hole ghosts. The spirits take a shining to their youngest daughter, Carol Anne, and that's when all hell breaks loose… literally. Turns out evil spirits really hate it when you desecrate their graves. Who knew?
Today the Freeling's family home is on private property, so if you're gonna visit, make sure to respect the homeowners privacy and snap your pics from the street. No word if the current owners of the house have experienced any paranormal activity of their own.
7. Lost Boys Cave
Isn't it a total drag when your older brother turns into a goddamn, sh*t-sucking vampire? It is when Sam and Michael Emerson move to sunny, "vampire infested" Santa Carla, California.
The 80's vampire cave HQ is where the bloodsucking gang sleeps away the daylight hours, surrounded by candelabras and posters of Jim Morrison. See? They're just regular teenagers. The actual external filming location for the cave was the Rancho Palos Verdes, while the interior was shot on a sound stage.
8. Fort Macomb
Carcosa is the mythical city referenced in a 19th century short story, and is also the uberscary, seriously creepy shrine and compound of one Errol Childress. Decorated with all manner of True Detective iconography: devil catchers, deer antlers, and tribal paintings; Carcosa was just as terrifying as we'd hoped it would be.
The memorable scenes were filmed at New Orleans' 200-year old Fort Macomb camp. Today the fort is considered too dangerous for guests to explore, due in part to hurricane Katrina. That hasn't stopped many from checking it out.
9. Bates Motel
Norman always had some seriously messed up mommy issues. Hitchcock's best (and most famous) villain is the Jekyll and Hyde of classic horror. Moonlighting by night as his cold-blooded, murdering mother, Norman Bates is the proprietor of the most famous hotel in America. The Bates Motel.
The original house and hotel featured in Psycho were filmed on a sound stage at Universal Studios Hollywood. Both are regular attractions on the shows tour.
10. Salt Creek Recreation Area
Wow, Bob. Wow.
11. The Stanley Hotel
In the classic film, father of the year Jack Torrance becomes possessed by the supernatural presence at The Overlook Hotel and falls into a downward spiral of madness.
The Stanley Hotel, which is the inspiration for the Overlook, is considered to be one of the most haunted hotels in America.
12. Evil Dead Cabin
In 1981, Sam Raimi gave us Evil Dead, and the world became a better place.
The movie revolves around the Necronomicon Ex-Mortis, a really bad book that brings the dead back to life, and of course, a bunch of teenagers decide to read in a secluded cabin in Tennessee. The horror classic was filmed at a real-life abandoned cabin the woods in November of 1979.
Today it's become a favorite spot for hard-core Deadites who are willing to make the wooded trek to take pics of what little remains and attempt to discover the long-rumored time capsule left during filming.
13. Amityville Horror Home
The Amityville Horror was based on the "true story" of the Lutz family and their terrifying paranormal experiences while living at 112 Ocean Avenue. After moving into the house, the family begins being tormented by a demon nicknamed "Jodie" — a demonic pig creatures with glowing red eyes.
Though the house has been remodeled, it's still the original house on 112 Ocean Ave. The current owners claim to have experienced nothing out of the ordinary while living there… yet.
14. The Carlyle Hotel
Business card obsessed, yuppie antihero Patrick Bateman is a Wall Street investment banker by day, and cannibalizing serial killer by night. Bateman made famous the clear raincoat and blood soaked axe look as he stalked NYC killing hookers, homeless, and investment bankers at random.
Pat lives in the American Gardens Building on the upper West Side. The external filming location, however, was the Carlyle Hotel in NYC, while most of the film was actually shot in Toronto, Canada and the exteriors added in afterwards.
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