Here’s the thing about horror movie houses: Aside from all the creepy ghosts and pesky blood stains, the houses themselves are often gorgeous. Looking at listings for the beautiful Los Angeles home where Nancy Thompson (Heather Langenkamp) lived in Nightmare on Elm Street or the elegant apartment building where Rosemary Woodhouse (Mia Farrow) conceived a demon in Rosemary’s Baby, it’s easy to forget that these locations caused so many nightmares.
Of course, it’s a little different when the house is the stuff of actual nightmares. The house that inspired the film The Amityville Horror has just gone on the market and potential buyers will have to overlook both its reported haunted history and the six real murders that took place there in 1974. Then again, there have been four owners since the crime took place — and as the listing agent told People, “None of them ran out of the house screaming.” (For what it’s worth, the doppelgänger house used in the 1979 film sold in 2013.)
If you’re interested in exploring your horror home options, check out this slideshow of properties currently on the market (Buffalo Bill’s Victorian house from Silence of the Lambs, located in rural Pennsylvania) and recently sold (the San Diego house where Paranormal Activity was filmed). Happy house haunting — er, hunting!