Six movie haunted houses to visit in the dead of the night

When the crypt doors creak and the tombstones quake, spooks come out to visit their favorite cinematic haunted houses. From the traditional gothic mansion to the reappropriated starship, here are six places you don’t want to go into alone… and without a flashlight.

Crimson Peak (2015)

From our review: “The house itself would be memorable enough if it was in pristine condition, but the filmmakers give it a pervasive decay that takes it to another level entirely. As a long-time fan of Disney’s Haunted Mansion, I’ve long been looking for a cinematic equal of the special blend that captures beauty and spooky. Here it is at last.”

House (1986)

From our review: “This isn’t a very scary haunted house. This is a house that didn’t do a lot of in-depth boning up on the whole Amityville genre, and so mostly pulls its tricks from whatever loose knowledge it can gleam from trick-or-treaters.”

Pandorum (2009)

From our review: “It’s definitely not a cozy, welcoming type of spaceship, but more reminiscent of the Nostromo from Alien or, well, the Event Horizon from Event Horizon. It’s the kind of place that the architects made assuming that sooner or later hell would be unleashed inside of it.”

The Shining (1980)

From our review: “It’s very cool that the haunted hotel does most of its trade in horror with those small touches (such as a tennis ball rolling down the hallway to the kid when there’s no one around) instead over going overboard as so many other like films do.”

The Haunted Mansion (2003)

From our review: “The actual sets are astoundingly detailed, with lots of callbacks to the ride. There are the hitchhiking ghosts, the singing busts, the organ, and many of the same rooms that you’ll see on the ride. But they’re not really used for much other than to be obvious references.”

House on Haunted Hill (1999)

From our review: “It really just boils down to a classic haunted house film that has some above-average special effects and tense moments. The basement of the asylum is the only place that Price didn’t fix up, so it remains as it was in 1930.”

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