There are all sorts of things you’re supposed to ask a real estate agent when you’re house hunting. Any flood damage, property costs, any leaks, blah blah blah. But the number one thing you should always remember to ask is: “Is this house haunted?” Seriously, you’ll thank us. The Conjuring starring Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson hits theaters today, and it centers around a couple who didn’t ask this all important question. And as a result, they’re getting the crap scared out of them hardcore. But they’re hardly the first to have forgotten to ask the golden question. Read on to check out our list of the 10 scariest haunted houses in movie history!
10. The Others staring Nicole Kidman (2001)Grace Stewart (Kidman) settles into a home with her two children, Anne and Nicholas. Anne and Nicholas are photosensitive and cannot come in contact with direct sunlight. Oddly enough, that turns out to be the least of their problems. Their new home is inhabited by “the others.” Strange things happen in the house—whispering and crying, thuds from empty rooms, Ann and Victor “seeing” people walk around their house. Grace, initially punishing her children for “lying” unlocks the dark and even scarier truth.
9. An American Haunting starring Sissy Spacek and Donald Sutherland (2005)Any haunted house movie can be scary. Add in the fact that it’s based on true events? That’s a whole different ballgame…An American Haunting, based on a local folklore legend, tells the story of the Bell Family from Red River, Tennessee and their home that was allegedly haunted by an unknown presence. Creepy occurrences like small sounds around the farm, sightings of a black wolf with yellow eyes, and spirits slapping and beating family members resulted not only in the psychological torment, but also the death of a family member. To date, this is the only recorded case of a death caused by a spirit—way too creepy!
8. The Shining starring Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall (1980)You think you’ve got a hotel horror story? This grand secluded retreat might be cool with there are other guests to hang with, aside from the pair of creepy twins and beautiful (but dead) body in a tub.The bar service is pretty nice, until you realize that he’s probably a ghost (or at least a delusion). Much like the (slightly) less scary Hotel California, you can check out any time you like, but you can never leave.
7. Beetlejuice starting Michael Keaton, Geena Davis and Alec Baldwin (1988)
Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice…Perhaps the most classic, yet unconventional haunted house movie on the list. Unlike other haunted house movies, Beetlejuice portrays this unusual white mansion to be haunted by the living. Ghosts Adam and Barbara Maitland seek out Beetlejuice to get rid of the Deetz family, who recently bought their home. He agrees, and “it’s showtime.” Beetlejuice’s efforts include appearing as various creatures in different parts of the house and startling the residents. Maybe a little old fashioned, but still gets the job done.
6. The Legend Of Hell House starring Roddy McDowell (1973)Emeric Belasco, a six-foot-five- millionaire and supposed murderer, disappeared after a massacre occurred at his home. What did he left behind? A house haunted by the numerous spirits of the victims of his sadistic and perverse desires. A physicist, his wife, and two mediums attempt to survive this hell house to investigate survival after death. That would be an incredible discovery—if they can survive the crashing chandeliers, gas explosions, jumping black cats, and various personalities inhabiting the mansion.