Want to find a real haunted house to explore on Halloween? Well, look no further -- mapping software company Esri has come out with an interactive map that explores where in the world horror movies supposedly took place.
For example, that massive mansion in "The Shining" where Jack Nicholson's character famously axed through a bathroom door and yelled "Here's Johnny?" That was in Estes Park, Colo.What about the haunted home inhabited by evil spirits and paranormal activity in "Poltergeist?" That was in the fictional town of Cuesta Verde, Calif. And, not surprisingly, the old family farmhouse terrorized by a chainsaw wielding killer in "Texas Chain Saw Massacre" took place in Texas.
Titled "The Geography of Horror," Esri's map uses data from IMDB and Wikipedia to plot out the locations of more than 200 of the world's top-rated scary movies. The map is interactive and explorable. It's sorted by decade, which gives viewers a look at how film locations and art styles have changed over the years.
In the 1960s and earlier, many horror movies took place in Europe, such as "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde," "Horror of Dracula," and "Frankenstein." In the next several decades, Europe was still a destination for scary films, but many more began to pop up in the US, like "Psycho," "Jaws," and "Scream."
Esri notes that some of the locations are their best guesses based on the information available.