The 1979 film “The Amityville Horror” was shot primarily around New Jersey. The film is of course based on real events, where in 1974, a man murdered six of his family members. In 1975, the Lutz family purchased the home and later claimed to have experienced paranormal activity, although the truthfulness of their claim has been widely disputed. Initial attempts to film in the real town of Amityville, New York proved unsuccessful, after the town denied permission to film any scenes there in an ongoing effort to distance themselves from further infamy.
Instead, a similar looking home was found in Toms River, New Jersey. The production added a third-floor facade with the distinct crescent moon windows on the sides of the house.
LOCATION: 18 Brooks Rd, Toms River, NJ 08753
Aside from a few interior scenes being filmed inside the Toms River house, the majority of interior scenes were filmed at MGM studios in Culver City, CA.
The TV series “What We Do in the Shadows” is set in Staten Island, New York, but primarily filmed around Toronto, Canada. However, the house featured frequently as the establishing shot of the vampire estate can be found in South Pasadena, California. The home has also appeared in such TV shows as “The Mentalist,” “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” and “Bones.”
LOCATION: 929 Buena Vista St, South Pasadena, CA 91030
The South Pasadena home was featured prominently in the pilot, before the production moved to Toronto and a different home, located at 450 Pape Ave, Toronto, ON M4K 3P7, Canada, was used instead. After that location was later sold, a facade was built instead at Eastern Ave / Heward Ave, Toronto, ON M4M 1C8, Canada.
The Sandin Family house from the 2013 film “The Purge,” where the majority of the film takes place, can be found in Chatsworth, California. The home is located within Indian Falls, a gated community that is closed to the public. The neighborhood sits very close to Spahn Ranch and Iverson Movie Ranch, just north of the CA-118 freeway.
The 1959 classic “House on Haunted Hill,” starring Vincent Price, was filmed in Los Angeles, California. In the film, Frederick Loren hosts a party at the famous “Ennis House,” located in Los Feliz area. Only the exterior of the house was used in the film. The house has been featured in countless productions, including “Blade Runner,” “The Day of the Locust,” “The Karate Kid Part III,” “Black Rain,” “The Glimmer Man,” “The Replacement Killers,” “Rush Hour,” “Grand Canyon” and “The Thirteenth Floor.” It has also been recreated on studio stages for movies such as “Predator 2,” “The Rocketeer” and “Mullholland Drive.” It has likewise appeared in the TV shows “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Twin Peaks,” as well as countless other music videos and commercials.
LOCATION: 2607 Glendower Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
The TV series “Who’s the Boss?,” which ran from 1984 to 1992, is set in the town of Fairfield, Connecticut. However, the house where Tony Micelli, played by Tony Danza, works as a live-in housekeeper for Angela Bower, played by Judith Light, can actually be found in Rye, New York.
In the TV show “Sabrina the Teenage Witch,” which ran from 1996 to 2003, Sabrina Spellman, played by Melissa Joan Hart, lives in this Victorian home with her aunts. The show is set in the fictional town of Westbridge, Massachusetts, but the home can actually be found in Freehold, New Jersey. The property currently operates as business offices.
The exterior of the house from the TV series “Blossom,” which ran from 1990 to 1995, can be found in Studio City, California. However, the address sometimes comes up as North Hollywood. The home has since been heavily remodeled from how it appeared on the show.
LOCATION: 3941 Ethel Ave, North Hollywood, CA 91604
The 2010 John Cameron Mitchell film “Rabbit Hole” stars Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart as a grieving couple coping with the death of their child. Becca and Howie Corbett, played by Kidman and Eckhart respectively, live in this home, located in Queens, New York.