The haunted house sub-genre has been a horror mainstay for years and it is alive and well to this day. The Conjuring 2 recently cleaned up at the box office, proving that audiences are still just as interested in the disturbing domicile sub-genre as ever. In the case of haunted house films, the home is just as important, if not more so, than the cast of human inhabitants. As a general rule, the less inviting the house appears on screen, the greater the potential for malady.
Though we wholeheartedly enjoy a good horror film, we would be more than a little reticent to live in, or even spend a night in any of the homes in our favorite haunted house flicks. Below, behold five houses we would most certainly not want to live in.
The House from Poltergeist
As a general rule, building a home atop a Native American burial ground isn’t a good idea…unless of course you want to invite every kind of hell to break loose, and then it’s a splendid idea. We have no desire to risk being pulled into the spirit world or manhandled by a clown doll. Poltergeist is the quintessential example of modern haunted house cinema. There wouldn’t be a Paranormal Activity franchise or the Insidious films if it weren’t for Poltergeist laying the groundwork. Its influence can be seen in practically every haunted house film to come out in its wake. Though it is often impersonated, few films have come close to being as effective at terrifying audiences as Poltergeist.
The House from House
The house from House was a conduit for all sorts of malevolent goings on. Roger Cobb inherited his aunt’s home and then had the extreme displeasure of reliving his worst Vietnam memories all over again in that house. He also encountered some incredibly bizarre monsters and other forms of torment at the behest of his newly inherited residence.
The house from The House on Haunted Hill
Whether it’s the original or the remake, we have no desire to spend any measure of time in any incarnation of the House on Haunted Hill. The allure of easy money is a good way to make people throw common sense to the wind and that is precisely what goes on in the House on Haunted Hill films. A group of characters agree to be locked in a notoriously spooky dwelling for an appealing sum of money – $10,000 in the original and $1,000,000 in the reboot. We like our chances of survival much better without the ill-fated decision to let a crazy person lock us in a house brimming with supernatural activity overnight.
The Amityville Horror House
The thing that makes The Amityville Horror house so terrifying is that the events that transpired in it are reportedly true. Depending on whom you speak to, the events that allegedly took place in the house may or may not have been greatly exaggerated, but we aren’t interested in taking any chances. Exaggerated or not, the story behind the house is incredibly terrifying. Devilish sprits running amok are more than we care to experience. The Amityville house has become somewhat of a tourist attraction as the exterior represents one of the few cinematic domiciles that isn’t a sound stage.
The House from Burnt Offerings
The premise behind Burnt Offerings is a very creative one. Giving the house a personality of sorts and positioning the home, as a villain that is seeking blood so that it might regenerate is unspeakably creepy. Not only that, the owners were a pair of super creeps. The film features a jarring performance from the lovely Karen Black who recently passed. Our hearts go out to her family and friends.