This year, Legendary invited horror aficianados Guillermo del Toro and Michael Dougherty to visit some of the most terrifying locations out there to see if they truly lived up to the hanuted hype. Guillermo del Toro, who recently directed Pacific Rim for Legendary, is currently working on the upcoming gothic horror thriller Crimson Peak. Michael Dougherty is a maestro of all things Halloween, as his film Trick 'r Treat has become the seaon's definitive cult classic.
First on our harrowing hit list was the infamous ScareHouse in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Named one of the "The 10 Wickedest Haunted Houses in America" by Forbes, ranked #5 in Top Haunt Magazine's "Top 13 Haunts", and being declared "One of America's scariest Halloween attractions" by the Travel Channel, we knew it was the real deal. Did Guillermo and Michael feel that the ScareHouse lived up to its name? Check out the video and see for yourself:
Next, we headed over to Eastern State Penitentiary: a former high-security prison built in the early 19th century that has since become a U.S. National Historic Landmark. Opening as the largest and most expensive public structure in of its era, it was considered the world's first true 'penitentiary', acting as the model for hundreds of prisons to follow. Having housed notorious criminals such as Al Capone and serving as a filming location for Terry Gilliam's "12 Monkeys", Eastern State now opens its doors for a Nighttime Haunted House called "Terror Behind the Walls." With a rich and gruesome history, Eastern State Penitentiary truly had an unsettling atmosphere about it. Step Behind the Walls with Michael and Guillermo, if you dare:
We were so inpsired by the cinematic presentation of these world-famous Halloween destinations, we polled our fans on Facebook and Twitter to see what their favorite local haunted houses were (see the responses below). Have you experienced the spine-tingling thrill of these fan favorites?
Happy Halloween from all of us at Legendary!