Here's The Best Horror Movie That's Set In Your State
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Spooky road trip! Let's take a tour across America and find each state's best horror film!
*IMPORTANT NOTE* Some films are set in fictional locations but still set in their respective states, so bare with me.
1.Alabama: Body Snatchers
2.Alaska: 30 Days of Night
Where else could bloodthirsty beings chill other than Alaska?
Not a ton to go off on in Alaska, so it was between The Fourth Kind and this. I'll say that 30 Days of Night is a watch and nothing is quite as chilling as the constant darkness of Alaska for two months.
3.Arizona: Creepshow 2 ("The Raft")
4.Arkansas: The Legend of Boggy Creek
6.Colorado: The Shining
Wendy? Darling? Light of my life? I'm just going to say The Shining rules Colorado.
Unease is the first word that comes to mind when I think of The Shining. I do recommend Misery if you have not seen it, but this Stephen King film is just more iconic.
8.Delaware: Head Case
9.Florida: Jeepers Creepers
The Florida countryside never looked so creepy.
The Jeepers Creepers "Creeper" is a very underrated movie monster. Plenty of scares and chilling moments that people my age growing up thought was the scariest movie, period.
11.Hawaii: A Perfect Getaway
12.Idaho: Idaho Transfer
Compass International Pictures
One of the elite horror franchises, the original Halloween is another John Carpenter masterpiece that introduces the world to Michael Myers.
The state of Illinois had stiff competition with Candyman and Child's Play also contending for the top spot.
14.Indiana: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Killer
15.Iowa: The Crazies
Apparently, Field of Dreams doesn't count as horror so I went with The Crazies for Iowa. It was a very polarizing film at the time that people either loved or hated.
This was probably the most mainstream horror movie to take place in Iowa.
New Line Cinema
I have a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore. Seriously, Wizard of Oz might be the scariest movie set in Kansas but it's not horror, so enjoy Critters.
Poor Critters got overlooked because of Gremlins two years earlier, but these carnivorous little fur balls are equally as mischievous.
17.Kentucky: Return of the Living Dead
18.Louisiana: The Last Exorcism
19.Maine: Pet Sematary
20.Maryland: The Blair Witch Project
21.Massachusetts: Session 9
22.Michigan: It Follows
Moments in this film are very memorable and the bizarre choice to not have a clear year makes this a disorienting film.
23.Minnesota: Jennifer's Body
24.Mississippi: Straw Dogs (2011)
25.Missouri: You're Next
26.Montana: Alien Abduction: Incident in Lake County
27.Nebraska: Children of the Corn
New World Pictures
Creepy children are creepy. Jokes aside, people underestimate the creepiness of cornfields. Imagine driving 30 minutes and seeing nothing but cornstalks... Unsettling.
28.Nevada: The Hills Have Eyes (1977)
29.New Hampshire: The Dead Zone
30.New Jersey: Friday the 13th
31.New Mexico: The Hills Have Eyes (2006)
32.New York: Jaws
33.North Carolina: The Descent
North Carolina was the "Group of Death," meaning the highest point of competition. Carrie and Pumpkinhead are two all-timers for me BUT The Descent might be the best horror movie of this century.
I love anything with a small cast and man, this British horror movie killed it.
34.North Dakota: Leprechaun
35.Ohio: Trick 'r Treat
Warner Bros. Pictures
My most controversial pick because this edged out the original Nightmare on Elm Street, but man, do I love Trick 'r Treat. This anthology movie is my go-to for Halloween and I am glad I'm finally starting to see merchandise in Halloween stores as its popularity continues to grow.
36.Oklahoma: Near Dark
True story: When I saw this movie opening weekend, people ran out of the theater the second it ended. Sinister freaked a lot of people out, had a lot of cool scares, and a really neat design for its monster.
39.Rhode Island: The Conjuring
40.South Carolina: Slither
41.South Dakota: Beast from Haunted Cave
42.Tennessee: The Evil Dead (1981)
New Line Cinema
Sam Raimi's iconic horror movie is a lot to take in, for it is a grotesque journey. It is an essential watch for horror fans.
I saw the new one and thought it also had some good moments. A very unsettling story from start to finish.
43.Texas: Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
Bryanston Distributing Company
Could there be any other movie to win the state of Texas? Director Tobe Hooper really created a unique-looking film that has a very specific feel to it. Oh yeah, and all those kills are pretty scary too.
44.Utah: Carnival of Souls
45.Vermont: What Lies Beneath
Based on the wonderful short film by Argentine director Andy Muschietti, this film was directed by the same man. It's very cool when you think about it; they easily could have found a big-name horror director.
I'll say this: The "Mama" is quite scary.
47.Washington: The Ring
This ain't Shrek DreamWorks. I saw this film for the first time this year and it was not at all what I had expected. It is worth the watch and is one of the better mainstream modern horrors.
48.West Virginia: Tucker & Dale vs. Evil
49.Wisconsin: Dawn of the Dead (2004)
50.Wyoming: Joy Ride
Washington D.C.: The Exorcist (1973)
I have to include Washington, DC for this horror classic.
From Linda Blair to Ellen Burstyn, this film is remembered for its scary moments but carried by wonderful and raw performances.
What movie represented your state? Do you agree with all the state-movie pairings? Comment below!
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