Think your 1970s wood-paneled den is frightening? We wouldn't be caught dead in these scary rooms - all gathered from our favorite horror movie sets - and right in time for Halloween.
1. Psycho (1960). From just a quick look at the dilapidated exterior of the famous hotel, Marion Crane should have known staying there wasn't a good idea. Inside, taxidermy, peepholes, and easily accessible kitchen knives qualify any room as scary. "We all go a little mad sometimes," hotel owner Norman Bates tells Marion. She would have too, if Mother hadn't gotten to her first.
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2. What Lies Beneath (2000). The serene design of this bath does not make up for a high level of creepiness. After having thoughts that her Vermont lakeside home is haunted, Claire Spencer tries to relax in her silver-footed bathtub. But the scene goes from spa-like to spooky when Claire spots a young woman's ghostly reflection in the bath water.
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3. The Amityville Horror (1979). Dark and creepy are not typical design elements in a little girl's bedroom, but certainly are in George and Kathy Lutz's Dutch Colonial home in Amityville, New York. When the family moves into the house where a gruesome murder took place, Mr. Lutz famously says, "Houses don't have memories." But even with this third-floor bedroom's charming pair of quarter-circle windows, flowered wall paper, and girly pink bedsheets, the home's "memories" soon become all too apparent to the Lutz family.
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4. Edward Scissorhands (1990). Attempting to sell Avon products at a pseudo-medieval mansion up on a hill, Peg Bogg finds this topiary garden and its creator, Edward Scissorhands. It's like no outdoor garden we've ever seen - it's frightening yet whimsical and mystifying, much like Edward himself.
5. The Shining (1980). Jack Torrance doesn't believe he will succumb to the cabin fever he is warned about, taking a job at the Overlook Hotel, even though the previous caretaker, Charles Grady, murdered his own family there. Jack's son, Danny, has visions that would keep us out of the hotel. Top of the list: this famous scene with the ghostly Grady girls standing at the end of a long, wallpapered hallway. Get out of there, Danny!Related: Metallic Wallpapers to Glam Your Home
What is your favorite horror movie?
Photo Credits in Order: Photo 1 & 2. Courtesy of Kobal, 3. MGM/courtesy Everett Collection, 4. 20th Century Fox Film Corp./courtesy Everett Collection, 5. Warner Brothers/courtesy Everett Collection.
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