Halloween--or the entire month of October--is the season for horror movies.
Known as "Hollywood North" for its booming film industry, Vancouver, BC, has had many horror films made here over the decades, including some of the biggest horror franchises and indie classics. Use this list of the top 10 horror movies filmed in Vancouver to plan your next Halloween movie marathon.
After the death of his wife and child, a composer (George C. Scott) moves into a scary mansion that's haunted by a murdered child. Of the horror movies filmed in Vancouver, this one is arguably the most influential: has been cited by Alejandro Amenábar as inspiring several scenes in his films Tesis and The Others. Keep your eyes peeled for shots of downtown Vancouver's Orpheum Theatre.
Yes, this new horror classic was filmed in Vancouver! The story of five college friends who head to a cabin in the woods and encounter one horror trope after another (with a twist ending) was written by Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon. Vancouver sets include Dana's apartment (an apartment complex at 5th Ave & Trafalgar) and the exterior of the British Columbia Institute of Technology (Aerospace Technology Campus) as the film's secretive "sacrifice facility."
Two of horror's biggest icons--Freddy Krueger from the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise and Jason Vorhees from the Friday the 13th franchise--meet up at Buntzen Lake and kill a bunch of people. Believe it or not, this is one of the top 100 highest-grossing horror movies of all time!
Beautiful Jennifer (Megan Fox) is sacrificed by a desperate indie band and returns an undead, boy-eating monster; Amanda Seyfried plays her best friend. Vancouver sets include the Sutton Place Hotel, Sasamat Lake, and multiple Vancouver secondary schools.
Yes, all five Final Destination movies were filmed in Vancouver! This franchise is a slasher series with Death as the slasher: groups of young adults narrowly escape Death only to be stalked--and successfully killed (of course)--when Death comes back with a vengeance.
Filmed in Abbotsford as well as Vancouver, this horror-comedy stars Nathan Fillion as a small town sheriff faced with saving his town from body-invading space slugs.
This is one of the few horror movies filmed in Vancouver that's based on a "true story," in this case, the 1976 case of Anneliese Michel, who died during an exorcism. The film follows the trial of the priest (Tom Wilkinson) who may or may not have killed young Emily Rose. Keep your eyes open for lots of haunting scenes filmed at UBC.
Part of the popular Underworld series, Vampire warrior Selene (Kate Beckinsale) "awakens" in a world where both vampires and Lycans (werewolves) are on the run from human death squads. This Vancouver-made horror movie uses SFU locations and shots of downtown Vancouver.
Yes, Twilight doesn't really count as horror--it's a supernatural romance--but it does have vampires and werewolves (even if they "sparkle") and three of the saga's mega-blockbusters were filmed in Vancouver: Twilight: New Moon, Twilight: Eclipse, and Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1. In Eclipse, David Thompson Secondary School in East Van stands in for Forks High School. Watch them and re-live the Twilight fan craziness that descended on Vancouver every time the cast came to town.
Though this is a TV mini-series and not a film, it's still a horror classic. Tim Curry is seriously scary as the clown Pennywise, and even though the end is laughable, the early sections still pack a punch. Vancouver sets include Buntzen Lake and East Van's Admiral Seymour Elementary.