BOO! Welcome to a special, spooky, version of The Rotter Blog. This one is going to be a Halloween spine tingler that is definitely not for fearties.
Like many people this year, I will be spending the 31st of October watching some scary movies (I am getting a bit old for going out guising), and working in the property care business means the films I like always have a scary house in them.
This got me thinking, what are the best spooky houses I’ve seen on the silver screen?
Read on to find out my favourites.
The top 5 horror houses
5: The Freeling’s House – Poltergeist (1982)
Steven Speilberg followed up the charming and family friendly “ET: The Extra terrestrial” with this horror film he co-created with Tobe Hopper (director of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre). The creepy carnage in this film was caused by angry sprits that had a cul-de-sac of new-build houses built on top of their burial plot; a warning to any architects and property developers reading this blog.
4: Kate and Micah’s house – Paranormal Activity (2007)
Just when I thought the worst thing you could find in your loft was dry rot or maybe some woodworm, the couple in this house find evidence that they are being stalked by a demon. I remember this film terrifying everyone who saw it at the time, quite impressive for a demon that spends most of the film slamming doors and banging the lampshade about a bit.
3: Abandoned Cabin – Evil Dead 2 (1987)
Abandoned properties often look like great fixer-upper opportunities for people wanting to get on the property ladder, especially if the property has a large basement like the cabin in this gory cult-classic. However, old unloved basements are often damp, need structural waterproofing repairs or, in this case, have an ancient old book in them that will turn all your friends into monsters if you read it. I dont know about you, but if I found a book “bound in flesh and inked in blood” in the basement I would probably just leave it alone. People in horror films never seem that bright though.
2: 112 Ocean Avenue – The Amityville Horror (1979)
I know what you are going to say, and I agree, The Amityville Horror is a terrible film. That said, it is the only one I can think of where the property itself is the villain. I would like to think the qualified and experienced surveyors at Wise were good enough to mend any property, but when the walls start bleeding and a booming voice tells you to “get out”, a new DPC is probably not the solution you need.
1: The Bates Motel – Psycho (1960)
An oldie, but a classic, and surely the most iconic piece of property in cinema history? The Bates motel, and the nearby home belonging to proprietor Norman Bates and his “mother”, just look terrifying. The rooms at the motel don’t look too bad inside mind you... I would just avoid going for a shower.
Have a great Halloween
Until next time,