Burnt Offerings and other creepy horror locations to avoid

Burnt Offerings (Photo by FilmPublicityArchive/United Archives via Getty Images)
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Burnt Offerings is a great example of what happens when a dream home becomes a living nightmare. We compiled a list of other horror films with questionable properties that should be avoided at all costs…

Burnt Offerings is one of those late 1970’s underrated horror flicks. Boasting a cast of legends like Oliver Reed, Karen Black and Bette Davis, this is one of those efforts that was destined to be a future cult classic.

Written and directed by the brilliant Dan Curtis (the creator of another creepy, gothic haunted house drama, Dark Shadows), this film could actually be a cautionary P.S.A. for avoiding questionable real estate properties.

Sure, the house is a palatial estate. After all, it does have an inviting swimming pool, perfect for those idle summer days. However, it does have a mind of its own. So, proceed with caution because like the roach motel, you can get in but you can’t get out.

Unfortunately, there is a portion of the house that is off limits so make sure you steer clear. Not to mention, it is where creepy Mrs. Allardyce resides and she doesn’t want to be disturbed.

The body count is insane at this upstate New York house of horrors. Then again, it is an old dwelling so people are bound to have accidents. All in all, if you are looking for a country manor air b & b to rent, the Burnt Offerings house is NOT the place…

Evil Dead

Evil Dead
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Let’s talk about this reasonably priced, cozy cabin in the woods. What a perfect destination to get away from the crazy, hectic city life.

It may be small on the outside, but trust us, it’s roomier on the inside. If you like rustic settings surrounded by foliage, this may be the vacation destination for you.

Fully furnished, there is plenty of room for storage with a charming cellar that could be turned into a playroom for the kids. Don’t be put off by the fact that it is a bit remote. You can easily cross the landmark, antique bridge if you need to visit civilization to get supplies.

However, the previous owners, the Knowby’s were an academic family so you may find some ancient tomes lying around. We suggest that you don’t disturb any of the books. Especially, that oddly covered one on the desk. It’s not a Bible.

The Amityville Horror

The Amityville Horror
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Maybe French colonials are your style, then check out this charmer located in Amityville on the Island. Located next to a river, if you are into boating and other water sports, this may be the home for you.

The yard is huge so the kids will have a place to run around in. Plus, storage is no problem. There is an extra room in the basement that was added years ago.

One of the selling points, those attic windows. They almost make the house look like it is alive. It is a bit of a fixer upper though.

Some windows stick and there is a room in the house that may need a thorough cleaning due to the smell. Every now and then, the plumbing acts up and black goo might ooze out of the toilet but Rid-X should help take care of that issue.

Once you move in, you will understand why the DeFeo family loved it for so many years until they had to give it up. This home will become a part of you. Literally.

The Changeling

The Changeling
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Sometimes we experience a life event that throws our world into chaos and we just have to regroup. This huge abode is perfect for someone who pursues the arts, like a composer.

Legend has it that a ghost may haunt the halls but there probably is no truth to that rumor. Sure, balls come tumbling down the impressive staircase for no reason and there are strange noises but this place is old and the house is just “settling.”

The Conjuring

Rhode Island is a lovely state to move your family to if you are tired of living in Boston. So, you have quite a few children? They will love all of the acreage which is perfect for activities.

There are some antiques left in the basement that you shouldn’t disturb. Also, the site has some colorful history associated with it.

There are rumors of witchcraft but its New England. The bedrooms are charming. Plus, there is an antique armoire upstairs that has been in the house for generations. Feel free to use it.


You can stream Burnt Offerings, Evil Dead, The Changeling, The Amityville Horror and The Conjuring on Amazon Prime, Netflix, Google Play, iTunes, Microsoft, VUDU, YouTube, Fandango NOW, Apple TV, Redbox, AMC on Demand and DirecTV.

Do you have a favorite haunted house destination? Let us know in the comments.