Let’s talk about that house in Hereditary, and the top 5 scariest movie houses we’ve seen in film from classics to modern horror throughout the years.
Every once in a while, a horror movie comes along that changes the way we look at the genre. It’s not always easy to make horror that’s thought provoking and original. But this summer’s Hereditary did just that. It catapulted onto screens, even scaring major horror buffs.
There’s much to this layered film. One of the scariest themes being the idea of the home. From the main house to a child’s treehouse, to the tiny scenery Toni Collette creates, the family home is a focal point. Even a character in the movie. In honor of one of the most original horror movies in years, let’s take a look back at some of the scariest movie houses that terrify us.
Here are the 5 scariest movie houses in film that make you never want to go home again!
Hereditary via A24
There are many themes at play in Ari Aster’s breathtaking film. Most important is the family dynamic. More specifically, their home. Located in a vast forest with a long drive way, its presence feels mysterious. The strange daughter loves her tree house, and the mom’s job is designing miniature sets. Both of which will be of great significance. All proving that in this film, home isn’t always where the heart is. This is one of the finest psychological thrillers in years, and by far one of the scariest movie houses ever to be erected.
2. Psycho (1960)
Psycho – Courtesy of Universal Pictures
Norman Bates’ family house is one of the scariest in any horror film. Though we only see it from afar at first, its presence makes us uneasy. As the movie unfolds, entering it will bring on a new layer of fear and evil. This family and home tortured Norman all his life. Now, it’s going to torture us too.
3. Don’t Breathe (2016)
Don’t Breathe – Courtesy of Screen Gems
What could be worse than going to rob a house and realizing what lies inside is scarier than anything you could’ve imagined? That’s what happens when three friends try to rob a blind man in his house. After they realize who they’re up against, it’s the supposed victim who becomes the villain. As the viewer, this house of horrors bathed in mystery is terrifying in and of itself.
4. The House of the Devil (2009)
The House of the Devil – Courtesy of MPI Media Group
Before Ladybird, Greta Gerwig co-starred in this underrated horror gem. It’s a ’70s style horror movie about a college student who goes to babysit a house for some extra cash. What she discovers inside and how it unfolds is unexpected and creepy. This film is lesser known, but it features one of the most inventive, scariest movie houses to date.
5. The Amityville Horror (1979)
The Amityville Horror – Courtesy of American International Pictures
It’s hard to talk about scary houses without mentioning the classic Amityville abode. The movie is about a haunted house. But it’s the premise; a family murdered in their home while they slept that truly disturbs in a way few movies can.
What movie houses scare you the most? Did we miss any great ones on our list? Tell us in the comments below!