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No Escape: 10 of the Scariest Places in Horror Movies

The location of a horror movie acts as a terrifying character in itself. It can start as a comfortable save haven and quickly turn into a torture chamber. These films make us cringe because some of these places represent the spaces we love and/or occupy regularly.

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The Evil Dead 1981 "The Forest"

The Evil Dead 1981 "The Forest"

Forests stand the test of time, out live us, and sometimes completely swallow us. In the Evil Dead, the forest that surrounds the cabin is a horrific character in itself.

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Alien 1979 "The Alien Spacecraft"

Alien 1979 "The Alien Spacecraft"

The abandoned spacecraft in Alien has long dark tunnels that lead into the dark unknown. Its part construct and part organic, making the ship feel as if it is alive. The eerie feeling comes from the silence of being away from earth and the rest of society.

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The Purge 2013 "Society and Anywhere You Live"

The Purge 2013 "Society and Anywhere You Live"

All crime is legal for 12 hours once a year for the benefit of the market and society as a whole. The film plays on psychology because the freedom is cathartic. It has us questioning the supposed violent tendencies in everyone around us, and whether or not the laws that stem from ideology are the only things holding us back.

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Psycho 1960 "The Bates House"

Psycho 1960 "The Bates House"

The motel is where the first murder happens, but the house is the real monster. The Bates home is where Norman and his "mother" have their conversations. It feels as if the house has a consciousness all its own.

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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 1974 "The Gas Station"

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 1974 "The Gas Station"

The farm house is terrifying, but we're meant to know that right away. The gas station that Sally finally escapes to gives audiences a moment of relief, but then turns out to be a trap. After all of the running, Sally is returned to Leatherface and the farmhouse.

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Nightmare on Elm Street 1984 "Your Dreams"

Nightmare on Elm Street 1984 "Your Dreams"

Freddy Krueger stalks and kills teens in their dreams. Since we all must sleep, this is especially terrifying because it takes over one of our natural processes that we cannot avoid. Our dreams are usually places of escape, but here they capture you.

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Scream 1996 "Your Home"

Scream 1996 "Your Home"

There isn't one single spot of horror in Scream, instead, the horror comes to you. The killer comes into the homes of the victims, making your own home feel less inviting.

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Carrie 1976 "High School"

Carrie 1976 "High School"

Much of the tension in Carrie exists between the walls of her high school. She's a quiet girl who is tormented by her peers, and her high school experience is what drives her to commit the horror at the end.

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Night of the Living Dead 1968 "The Farm House"

Night of the Living Dead 1968 "The Farm House"

The farm house in Night of the Living Dead offers a place of safety only for some time. For a while it keeps the undead out, but is no match for the bullets from the guns of the alive and kicking.

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Piranha "The Swimming Hole"

Piranha "The Swimming Hole"

When the water is so deep you cannot see the bottom, it sometimes feels like a risky deal submerging our bodies into it for a swim. In reality, most of the time it's safe, but movies like this sit in the back of our minds before the dive.