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Haunted Mansion was filmed in the ‘most haunted’ city in America
Haunted Mansion has creeped its way onto Disney+ and is packed with fun-filled frights but where was the spooky scare fest filmed?
After hitting theaters during a busy summer blockbuster season – and releasing just one week after Barbie and Oppenheimer – the 2023 adaptation of Haunted Mansion has arrived on Disney+ just in time for Halloween and it invites viewers to explore its vast array of ghostly filming locations .
Where was Haunted Mansion filmed?
Haunted Mansion was filmed primarily in New Orleans , Louisiana and Atlanta, Georgia in the USA.
Filming on the project began on October 4, 2021, and continued for around five months before wrapping in late February 2022.
The bulk of production took place at Trilith Studios in Atlanta where a number of sets were built to create the interior of the titular haunted mansion, Gracey Manor.
Meanwhile, exterior shooting was held in and around the city of New Orleans, with the French Quarter and Lafayette Cemetery No. 2 standing out as two key locations.
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New Orleans is a haunted hotspot
Haunted Mansion’s use of New Orleans as a filming location is incredibly appropriate for two reasons.
The first is that the original Haunted Mansion film from 2003 also used New Orleans as a central location while the second is that the city is regarded as the most haunted location in the United States.
Not only does the city have an affinity for ghosts and all things spectral but New Orleans has a storied history in Vampire lore.
As a result, New Orleans plays host to an endless array of ghost tours, voodoo shops, eerie cemeteries and haunted hotels that would make for the perfect Halloween-themed vacation.
It should come as no surprise, therefore, that the city has played host to a plethora of weird and wonderful horror and thriller projects over the years, including American Horror Story , the newly released No One Will Save You, the upcoming Five Nights at Freddy’s movie, Interview with the Vampire, Scream Queens and The Vampire Diaries spin-off The Originals.
The houses of Haunted Mansion
The majority of 2023’s Haunted Mansion takes place at Gracey Manor, the new home of the film’s central characters Gabbie and her son Travis, played by Rosario Dawson and Chase Dillon respectively.
Matters take a troubling turn when they discover that the building, which is based on the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland in Anaheim, is home to a creepy cabal of ghosts who attempt to scare off the new residents.
On top of that, the movie also features a second house, Crump Manor, where one of the ghosts lived while they were alive. This haunted home is based on Magic Kingdom’s version of The Haunted Mansion at Walt Disney World in Florida.
A particularly noteworthy detail about the two houses is that they’re both named after Disney Imagineers who helped to design The Haunted Mansion attraction, Yale Gracey and Roland “Rolly” Crump and it should come as no surprise that the film features plenty of easter eggs and references to the original theme park ride.
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Haunted Mansion is available to stream now on Disney+ after being added to the streaming service on Wednesday, October 4, 2023.
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Disney’s Haunted Mansion filming locations: Where was the movie filmed?
Haunted Mansion is now streaming on Disney+. But just where was this wild comedy based on the classic Disney attraction filmed?
Since 1969, the Haunted Mansion has been one of Disney’s most iconic rides. Replicated at every Disney park worldwide, the classic Mansion has guests going through a spooky haunted house of 999 spirits. It was adapted into a 2003 movie starring Eddie Murphy.
The 2023 film has Rosario Dawson as a woman moving herself and her son into a New Orleans mansion only to find it’s haunted. They turn to a troubled filmmaker (LaKeith Stanfield), a priest (Owen Wilson), a psychic (Tiffany Haddish) and a scholar (Danny DeVito) to discover the secrets of the mansion and the twisted Hatbox Ghost (Jared Leto) ready to unleash some evil.
The movie is packed with scores of effects and a gothic New Orleans setting, but where was it really filmed?
Where was the Haunted Mansion movie filmed?
Per the official New Orleans website, much of the movie was shot on location in the Big Easy. True, the interiors of the mansion were soundstages that could handle all the special effects, but the exterior utilized the famous Buckner Mansion in the Garden District. That makes total sense, as the original Disneyland Haunted Mansion was based on the very location in the city.
Several other New Orleans locations were used, from Lafayette Cemetary for a jazz funeral to Jackson Square. There’s also famous watering holes like the Napolean House or Lafitte’s Blacksmith Tavern. Royal Street was also used for the home of Stanfield’s character and Tulane University “played itself” as the spot for DeVito’s character.
The movie did a good job integrating the New Orleans locations into the fun and making the Mansion truly feel alive for a fun watch on Disney+.
Haunted Mansion is now streaming on Disney+.
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Action in Tahoe: House on Haunted Hill play; Witch costume paddle; Rumours of Fleetwood Mac
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The House on Haunted Hill Play
The House on Haunted Hill tells the twisted tale of millionaire Frederick Lauren, his fourth wife Annabelle, and five, money-hungry guests who will each receive fifty thousand dollars if they stay in a supposedly haunted house until sunrise. Filled with double-crosses, jilted lovers, a wicked sense of humor, and a restless spirit or two, Haunted Hill proves to be a night you’ll never forget.
Black Ice Theatre Co is very excited to produce this horror-comedy just in time for spooky season! The show pays homage to the original film but delivers plenty of new twists and turns.
Black Ice has transformed the South Tahoe Realtors Association space into a scary and frightful theatrical space. The production is recommended for ages 13 and up as there is some language and adult content. They also warn anyone with light sensitivity that there are some strobe light effects throughout the show.
The House on Haunted Hill Play will be on Friday, October 6, 7:30-9 p.m. at South Tahoe Association of REALTORS at 2307 James Ave., South Lake Tahoe. Doors will open at 7 p.m.. Get tickets at Blackicetheatreco.com .
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Witch Costume Paddle
Last year over 200 people participated, with at least 80 on boards and kayaks. Organizers want to make this year bigger and better.
1 p.m. – Meet and greet and grab a drink! Blow up your paddles and eat a treat 2 p.m. – Launch and paddle 2:30 p.m. – Group photo 4 p.m. – Costume contests (This means women/men/children/pets)
Parking is not allowed in the hotel’s parking lot, so use other parking locations. Organizers suggest dropping off your board/kayak first, then you can park. The Tiki Bar will be open to them. Bring your own board or more if you’d like to share. Please wear a witch costume even if it’s basic! Bring friends, kids, dogs, please!
The Witch Costume Paddle will be on Saturday, October 7 from 1-5 p.m. at the Tahoe Beach Retreat and Lodge at 3411 Lake Tahoe Blvd., South Lake Tahoe.
Live Music with Martin and Vargas
Martin & Vargas are Back! Gorgeous Mediterranean-style music that transports your mind & spirit away to beautiful warm sunshine. Reservations recommended.
Martin and Vargas will be performing on Saturday, October 7 from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at the Glasses Wine Bar at 760 Mays Blvd Suite 8 Incline Village.
Robert Irvine Dining Experience
Don’t miss the chance for an exquisite evening of fine dining, led by world-renowned chef and entrepreneur, Robert Irvine. Known for transforming struggling restaurants on his hit Food Network show, Restaurant: Impossible, Chef Irvine brings his culinary mastery to the table just for you!
The Dining Experience will be on Saturday, October 7 from 6-7:30 p.m. at Bally’s Lake Tahoe at 55 Hwy 50, Stateline. Get tickets at Ticketmaster.com .
Rumours of Fleetwood Mac
Channeling the spirit of Fleetwood Mac at their very best, Rumours of Fleetwood Mac offers a unique opportunity for fans, both old and new, to rediscover the songs and performances that have ensured Fleetwood Mac’s place as one of the most loved groups of all time. Personally endorsed by Fleetwood Mac founding member, Mick Fleetwood, Rumours of Fleetwood Mac is the ultimate tribute to one of rock and roll’s most remarkable groups.
Rumours of Fleetwood Mac will be on Saturday, October 7 from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Bally’s Lake Tahoe at 55 Hwy 50, Stateline, 89449. Get tickets at Ticketmaster.com .
The Incline Lodge Community Event
The event includes catered appetizers, wine tasting, an exclusive hotel tour, as well as live music entertainment. This event is centered around the essence of community. It’s an opportunity to forge meaningful connections, appreciate the beauty of our small town, and experience the refined hospitality that defines The Incline Lodge. We believe in creating a space where locals and visitors alike can come together to share stories, create memories, and feel a sense of belonging. Find more details and a link to RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/community-event-the-incline-lodge-tickets-722399685907 .
The Community Event will be on Wednesday, October 11 from -7 p.m. at The Incline Lodge at 1003 Tahoe Blvd., Incline Village.
A Chautauqua performance, “There It Is…Take It!” Local author & historian David Woodruff assumes the character of dreamer, designer, constructor and despot of the Los Angeles Aqueduct, William Mulholland. Abhorred in the Eastern Sierra…revered in Southern California…”Bill” brought a river from 233 miles away, so the City of Angels could grow into a great metropolis…while leaving a rural, agrarian community in ruins. This is “water wars” at its best and worst.
Living History will be on Thursday, October 12 from 7:30-8:30 p.m. at Grand Hall at Valhalla at 1 Valhalla Rd. Tallac Historic Site, South Lake Tahoe.
Paws 2 Read
Practice reading with friendly therapy dogs and receive a free book! All ages welcome. Paws 2 Read is a reading program for children of all ages proudly presented by Paws 4 Love. Friendly dogs lend a loving, non-judgmental ear to beginning readers. After reading to a gentle dog, children receive a free book.
Paws 2 Read will be on Thursday, October 12 from 4-5 p.m. at the Incline Village Library at 845 Alder Ave., Incline Village. Register at Events.washoecountylibrary.us .
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Ghost stories from one of Ireland's most haunted buildings
Situated atop Montpelier Hill in the Dublin Mountains, the ruins of the Hellfire Club have been a source of ghost stories and spooky myths for centuries.
Few buildings in Ireland are more haunted than the mysterious Hellfire Club located in South Dublin.
Situated atop Montpelier Hill in the Dublin Mountains, the ruins of the ancient hunting club have been a source of ghost stories and spooky myths for centuries.
Supernatural reports have been connected to the lodge since it was built by Irish politician and landowner William Conolly in 1725.
Conolly, the Speak of the Irish House of Commons built the hunting lodge using stones from a prehistoric cairn located nearby.
Shortly afterward, the building's roof was blown off during a storm, leading locals to believe that angry spirits had taken their vengeance on Conolly for destroying the cairn.
The building has been connected to the supernatural ever since.
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After Conolly's death in 1729, the hunting lodge was believed to have been rented by Irish members of the Hellfire Club, a society known for its amoral behavior involving sex and alcohol.
It is during this period that most ghost stories connected to the Hellfire Club are said to have taken place.
Everyone has their own story regarding the Hellfire Club, but there is one story that is far more common than the rest.
The story goes that members of the Hellfire Club were playing cards one stormy night when a cloaked stranger arrived at the door in search of shelter.
The members invited the man inside and they proceeded to play cards.
At some point in the evening, a member dropped his cards on the floor and saw a cloven hoof protruding from the stranger's cloak as he went to retrieve them.
Revealed to be the devil in disguise, the stranger set the club alight, leaving it in the ruined state it is found in today.
Another legend tells of a local priest who arrived at the club one night to find members engaged in the sacrifice of a black cat. The priest promptly performed an exorcism on the cat before an evil spirit was released from the animal's corpse.
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Another common legend is about a young farmer who was invited into the club to witness the night's activities. He was found the next morning trembling and terrified and was believed never to speak again.
Strange smells and noises have reportedly emanated from the ruins for decades, especially at night.
The legends surrounding the Hellfire Club are not exclusive to the lodge sitting atop Montpelier Hill.
Several ghost stories are also connected to Killakee House, which sits adjacent to the present-day Hellfire Club car park at the bottom of the hill.
Killakee House, which was also used by the Hellfire Club, was built by the Conolly family in 1765 as a hunting lodge and is renowned for being haunted by a large black cat.
Some believe that the specter is the same cat that was sacrificed by the Hellfire Club, while others state that the cat is the spirit of an animal that was doused in whiskey and set alight by the Hellfire Club at Killakee House.
Reports of the hauntings at Killakee House took place between 1968 and 1970 when Margaret O'Brien and her husband Nicholas were converting the house into an arts center.
Several tradesmen reportedly left the site, claiming that they had been haunted by a black cat with glowing red eyes.
Killakee House and the Hellfire Club remain connected to the supernatural to this day.
The latter, in particular, has been heavily linked to satanism.
In 2006, dozens of people gathered at the site on June 6th to await the potential coming of the antichrist on 6/6/6.
Leaving the connections to satanism and the supernatural to one side for a moment, the Hellfire Club is well worth a visit for anyone visiting Dublin.
The moderately strenuous walk from the car park to the top of Montpelier Hill takes roughly 20 minutes and rewards climbers with a spectacular panoramic view of Dublin and the surrounding countryside.
The meandering path through the wood is appropriately eerie for this time of year and leaves visitors with an impression that they may be about to meet the supernatural when they reach the dilapidated ruins at the top.
*Originally published in October 2021. Updated in October 2023.
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Universal Horror Nights is bringing the spooky tales of Latin America to life
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The mythical creatures from Latin American horror stories are haunting visitors at Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights. A new maze, “Monstruos: The Monsters of Latin America,” is giving life to popular Latin American legends like Tlahuelpuchi, La Lechuza and El Silbón.
The maze is open throughout Horror Nights, which ends at the end of October.
“It occurred to me that there’s just this untapped potential that speaks uniquely to our audience,” said John Murdy, creative director for the horror maze at Universal Studios.
Noting the presence of Latinos in California and at Halloween Horror Nights, Murdy credits the creation of the maze to Latino horror fans, who have called for Latin American folklore representation at the theme park for more than a decade.
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“They’ll just come up to me in the middle of the park and go, ‘Have you ever heard of La Llorona or have you ever heard of El Cucuy?’” Murdy said.
After hearing requests for Latin American monsters, Murdy brought La Llorona, the vengeful mother who drowned her own children in a jealous fit, to the Universal Scare Zone in 2010. In light of her popularity among attendees, she was given her own haunted house the following year.
Actor Diego Luna was brought in as a creative consultant for the haunted house, a necessary step, Murdy says, in assuring the approach was culturally appropriate and authentic. Murdy said he asked Diego, “Tell me what you remember from being a child. What stories were you told?”
Murdy also consulted with actor Danny Trejo about El Cucuy, the boogeyman that takes away disobedient children. Trejo voiced El Cucuy, which replaced the Llorona haunted house in 2013.
However, the mazes that focused on these Latin American folk tales were short-lived and did not continue in the Horror Nights event again until 2022. Murdy brought back La Llorona in 2022, along with other monsters in the nearby scare zones: El Cucuy, La Chupacabra, El Cadejo and more.
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“We’ve basically created like a mini land within Halloween Horror Nights in Universal Studios Hollywood that’s fully dedicated to Latin American myths and legends,” he said.
Visitors to the maze, located in the Parisian Courtyard, are greeted by La Muerte before entering the haunted house.
Inside, the first mythical monster that visitors encounter is Tlahuelpuchi, a cursed shape-shifting vampire witch with an insatiable desire for blood. Though variations of the story exist along the Nahua region of Mexico, Tlahuelpuchi typically turns into a Mexican turkey vulture.
The second monster to greet visitors is La Lechuza, a mythical creature from Mexico and southwest Texas. She is a half-owl and half-elderly woman, who seeks revenge on the village that put her to death for suspicions of her being a witch.
The third monster is El Silbón, a killing whistler with origins in Colombia and Venezuela. Though there are many variations of the tale, the most common one is of a young spoiled man falling in love with a woman that his father did not approve of. The father murders the woman, and in a fit of rage, the son murders the father. His grandfather comes home, beats his grandson for his actions, and condemns him to carry the sack of his murdered father’s bones into the woods.
These myths and legends are often used to explain the unexplainable in Latin American communities.
In his research, Murdy found that “Tlahuelpuchi” was listed as the cause of death for many premature infants from a region of Mexico in the 1950s.
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“The parents immediately attributed it to this witch, so I think, if you can’t accept the grief, you have to blame it on something,” Murdy said.
Murdy explained that these scary stories also serve as a form of discipline in Latino culture.
“It’s how parents exert control over their kids,” Murdy said. “It’s like: ‘Don’t go out at night or La Llorona will get you.’”
These tales of horror ring true to Latino visitors of the theme park who have their own family tales. April Luna first heard of La Llorona from her grandfather, who had an encounter with an unexplained figure.
“My grandpa said that he was roaming the streets alone, coming out of a bar in Mexico, and he was by a river, and then he said he heard someone crying,” Luna said. “He approached them and once they came face to face he said that she didn’t look human. He just left running. That’s the first time I heard of La Llorona and I was so scared.”
For someone who grew up with tales of La Llorona, El Cucuy and La Lechuza, “Monstruos: The Monsters of Latin America” brought all of Yamir Aleman’s fears to life.
“It was interesting to see how someone else portrayed our fears as what they thought our fears should be like,” Aleman said.
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A lot of these mythological stories existed only in Aleman’s memory as the tales were passed on by his relatives. To see a physical representation in horror felt like he was living in those ancestral legends.
“We’re living it. Like the stories of our ancestors, our grandmas, our great-grandmothers,” Aleman said.
Though these stories of monsters and tragedy might be new to the theme park, they are not new to the Latinos who grew up with them as cautionary tales. The impact of Latin American horror is a testament to the power of intergenerational storytelling that honors tradition in terror.
Andrea Flores is a reporter with De Los covering the many contours of Latinidad for the Los Angeles Times. She holds both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Stanford University. Prior to joining The Times, she was a freelance reporter for LWC Studios and Illinois Public Media. She began her journalism career as a fellow with WTTW Chicago PBS, where she produced nightly segments for “Chicago Tonight.” Originally from Waukegan, Ill., she holds the Midwest near and dear to her heart.
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Where was 2003’s the haunted mansion filmed disney’s filming locations explained.
Based on the famous Disneyland ride of the same name, 2003's The Haunted Mansion managed to recreate its namesake's spooky vibes and eerie ambiance.
- The Haunted Mansion movie was filmed in different locations for the interiors and exteriors of the estate, capturing the essence of the Disneyland ride.
- The Barwick Studios in Los Angeles were used for the interior filming, with each room replicating the spooky ambiance of the Disneyland ride.
- The exteriors were filmed at Sable Ranch in Santa Clarita, California, with attention to detail to recreate the New Orleans setting of the movie.
2003’s The Haunted Mansion included different filming locations for the interiors and the exteriors of the estate at the center of the movie's story.. Based on the Disneyland ride of the same name in Anaheim, California, the Disney family comedy focuses on the Evers, who visit the mysterious, oversized manor in the hopes of getting their family business to put the ancient mansion on the market and sell it. However, when they accept the mysterious Master Gracey’s offer to stay the night due, the Evers soon realize that something more ominous is afoot.
In line with the Disneyland ride, the Eddie Murphy comedy is full of supernatural twists and a spooky atmosphere, emphasized by the mansion’s architecture, with its gothic and more classical Renaissance influences. The filming for The Haunted Mansion mainly took place over two sets, one for the exteriors and one for the interiors, both constructed from scratch to capture the essence of the Disney ride to the tiniest detail. Despite most of the filming taking place far from Louisiana, the spooky comedy honored the Disneyland ride's New Orleans roots with its attention to detail in the estate's development.
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The Barwick Studios, Los Angeles, California
Interiors for The Haunted Mansion were filmed at Barwick Studios in Los Angeles, California, now known as the Griffith Park location of Quixote Studios. The interiors of Gracey’s mansion were all constructed at the soundstages of Barwick Studios, from the attic to the gigantic grand foyer, the ballroom, and the master bedroom (via DoomBuggies ). Each room replicated the Disneyland attraction’s corresponding site, capturing the ride’s spooky ambiance with the sets’ tall and “ seemingly endless corridors, ” the big cobwebs in the grand entrance hall, and the “ eerily-lit atmosphere of fear and misery ” recreated by cinematographer Remi Adefarasin with the attic.
Sable Ranch, Santa Clarita, California
Exteriors for 2003’s The Haunted Mansion were filmed in Sable Ranch in Santa Clarita, California. The façade of the 19th-century mansion was constructed in Sable Ranch, along with the graveyard, whose above-ground graves due to Louisiana’s paludal landscape clearly establish the movie's New Orleans setting. The bottom half of the façade was originally built surrounded by vegetation set to mimic the Louisiana marshlands (via DoomBuggies ), in an effort to pay tribute to the original Disneyland ride’s location in New Orleans Square. The mansion is made to look even bigger through CGI, which was used to add the dome and turrets to the top of the building.
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Sable Ranch was unveiled as the set of the exteriors for The Haunted Mansion (via Ain't It Cool News ) ahead of its November release. Despite the entirely different landscape the leafy area north of Los Angeles offered, Sable Ranch still managed to recreate the mansion’s boggy surroundings with painstaking detail, and the lush oak grove of Sable Ranch proved the perfect site for the gigantic backyard cemetery of 2003’s The Haunted Mansion . Indeed, in the end, the detailed set made it altogether easy to believe that The Haunted Mansion really was set in New Orleans.
'House on Haunted Hill' --a Stage Play (Clifton)
This production is a world premier play by Michael Susko. It is a stage play, adapted from the 1959 film by William Castle (screenplay by Robb White) starring Vincent Price :
It is a joint fundraiser between The Clifton Arts Center & Kismet Performing Artists Theatre. Tickets are $42 and can be purchased here:
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The 20 best haunted house movies, ranked
From the haunting to crimson peak , these truly frightening films will make you reconsider the phrase home sweet home.
This house … is clean. Or at least it should be. The enduring brilliance of the haunted house subgenre is its ability to make you feel twitchy and nervous where you should feel safest: in your very own home. It’s one of the oldest and purest forms of horror storytelling and, well into the 2020s, is still a landscape rife with new ideas and critically acclaimed releases.
Given that Disney is about to release its long-awaited and frequently talked-about Haunted Mansion remake, now seems like a perfect time to honor a style of filmmaking that, for nearly a century, has left viewers afraid to gaze into the corners of their own bedrooms. Here are our 20 picks for the greatest haunted house movies, ever—from The Haunting to House On Haunted Hill (look, the word ‘haunt’ is gonna show up a lot, OK?)
20. Dark Water (2002)
After the massive box office success and critical acclaim of Ring in 1998, there was a flood of new Japanese ghost stories, of which Dark Water is doubtlessly the best. This haunted house apartment horror is initially about a single mother and her young daughter facing such spooky goings-on as hair in the tap water and a reappearing red bag—then things get pants-wettingly terrifying and, finally, utterly heartbreaking. It’s infinitely better than the U.S. remake, too.
19. The Uninvited (1944)
Famously, producer Charles Brackett wanted Alfred Hitchcock to direct The Uninvited , but the Master Of Suspense was unavailable. As a result, Lewis Allen helmed this 1944 tale about a brother and sister moving into a mansion in Cornwall, England—and he made a quiet, tense thriller replete with gorgeous shots of the Cornish coast. The movie was a launchpad for young star Gail Russell, who was signposted for celebrity but tragically passed away at the young age of 36.
18. Sinister (2012)
Proven to be the scariest film of all time by actual scientists, Sinister is about a true crime novelist (Ethan Hawke) moving into the house of a murdered family and finding more horrors than he bargained for. Future Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson crammed these 109 minutes with crap-yourself jump scares, generating a word-of-mouth hype so powerful that the movie made $87 million after a meager $3 million production budget. And it’s still absolutely terrifying a decade on.
1 7. The Conjuring (2013)
Despite being released amid a wave of schlocky haunted house horrors that followed Insidious in the early 2010s, The Conjuring won critical acclaim and box office success by eschewing modern trickery and shooting straight for timelessness. Its practical effects and old-school scares even earned the film comparisons to The Exorcist —the highest of compliments. The franchise spawned by this James Wan movie is now among the most powerful and popular in all of horror.
1 6. The Woman In Black (1989)
The Daniel Radcliffe-led blockbuster is the most famous adaptation of The Woman In Black , but it isn’t the best. That honor instead goes to this obscure British TV movie. The story of solicitor Arthur Kidd traveling to a dead client’s house to sort her belongings is slow and uneasy, until it crescendos with one eye-bulging jump scare. It aired on primetime ITV on December 24, 1989, and promptly ruined Christmas for any kid that saw it.
1 5. 13 Ghosts (1960)
To horror aficionados, William Castle was and remains the god of gimmicks, often screening his movies with some kind of real-life novelty to add to the experience. In the case of 13 Ghosts , in which characters can only see the spirits with special goggles, he introduced “Illusion-O”. Basically, the audience wore 3D glasses where one lens showed the ghosts on-screen and the other didn’t. Today, this movie’s still gloriously goofy even without that in-theater touch.
1 4. Paranormal Activity (2007)
Paranormal Activity was buoyed by a unique form of guerrilla marketing that asked anyone who watched its trailer to demand to be able to see it in their local cinema. The buzz got the attention of Paramount, and what was in 2007 a low-budget indie picture got a 2009 wide release and made nearly $200 million. The horror landscape was morphed by its ability to make big bucks using little money and a creative found-footage setup.
1 3. The Changeling (1980)
Released in 1980, The Changeling was too late to capitalize on the freaky child trend epitomized by The Exorcist and The Omen and underperformed at the box office. However, in the decades since, this story of composer John Russell (George C. Scott) being haunted by the ghost of a disabled young boy has rightfully earned cult status. It’s a hauntingly gradual crawl, deftly directed by Peter Medak and with an ever-charismatic star at its center.
1 2. The Others (2001)
Although haunted house movies enjoyed a renaissance around the turn of the millennium, it was mostly through remakes like 1999’s The Haunting and House On Haunted Hill , which crammed themselves with dreadful CGI. Despite being an original story, only The Others evokes the dread of such masterpieces as The Innocents . It also ends with a striking, inspired twist that instantly made this movie worthy of being mentioned in the same breath as the classics.
1 1. The Orphanage (2007)
J.A. Bayona may be better known nowadays for directing Jurassic World , but his Spanish-language, Guillermo Del Toro-produced debut, The Orphanage , is still his masterpiece. Dark, depressing and packing some powerhouse twists, this tale of a woman returning to her old orphanage in an attempt to renovate it offers everything you need from a spine-tingling ghost story. It could well be worth prepping something more lighthearted to put on afterwards.
1 0. Lake Mungo (2008)
A fiercely effective Australian art piece, Lake Mungo takes place after teenager Alice Palmer drowns while swimming, with her ghost seemingly haunting her family home. To delve into the plot any further is to spoil a movie full of original twists and turns, represented through a mockumentary ostensibly about coming to terms with loss and grief. It also has a jump scare that will destroy you. Just watch it as soon as you can, OK?
9 . Beetlejuice (1988)
Fun fact: Betelgeuse only appears in Beetlejuice for about 17 minutes. However, that doesn’t stop this Tim Burton movie from being a classic. It creatively tells the story of a recently deceased couple trying to scare away the people who’ve moved into the house they’re haunting. Then Michael Keaton steps in as the fast-talking ‘bio-exorcist’ and steals the show. It was a breakthrough for both the actor and the director, who’d tag-team again the following year on Batman .
8. Crimson Peak (2015)
For fans of such ghostly classics as The Haunting and The Shining —not to mention the glorious, bloody excess of old Hammer Studios fare— Crimson Peak is a must-see. Guillermo Del Toro’s love letter to this subgenre somewhat sinks at the hand of its predictable twists, but what’s much more memorable is the lavish visual style, not to mention show-stealing performances from Tom Hiddleston and Jessica Chastain. This is extravagance in the very best sense of the word.
7 . Poltergeist (1982)
A marriage of haunted house spooks with Steven Spielberg’s sentimentality and big-budget craftsmanship, Poltergeist was a rare bona fide horror blockbuster in its day. Forty years on, it’s persisted thanks to the relatable nuclear family at its heart—not to mention scares suited to each character, and by extension engineered so that at least one of them can freak out any demographic in the audience. As for us, it’s that puppet clown thing that messes us up.
6. House On Haunted Hill (1959)
The second appearance on this list by gimmick master William Castle, House On Haunted Hill is seemingly as barebones B-horror as you can get. It stars Vincent Price and Carol Ohmart as a couple who invite guests to a seemingly haunted house, with the promise of $10,000 each once they stay (and survive) the night. However, in theaters, Castle accompanied certain scares by flying a skeleton over the audience. This is still a brilliantly campy time without the added bells and whistles, though.
5 . His House (2020)
On the surface, this 2020 British horror is about a South Sudanese couple fleeing to the U.K. and quickly discovering they’re cursed. However, beneath the hood, His House is also a powerful allegory for the trauma of war forcing you to leave your country and relocate to a new, indifferent, sometimes racist culture. First-time director Remi Weekes instantly established himself as one to watch with this debut, as did lead actors Sope Dirisu and Wunmi Mosaku.
4. House (1977)
It’s not uncommon for a horror movie to be likened to a fever dream, but nothing in the genre quite deserves the comparison like House . This 1977 J-horror about a group of girls spending the summer in a Tokyo home is a psychedelic nightmare. Bright colors, manic editing, batshit set pieces, and a disorienting soundtrack by prog-rockers Godiego define this hellish fantasy, which, apparently, is intentionally mental to evoke the way a child would retell a traumatic experience.
3 . The Haunting (1963)
A loyal adaptation of the Shirley Jackson ghost story The Haunting Of Hill House , The Haunting is every bit as suspenseful and claustrophobic as its source material. This jewel in the crown of directing king Robert Wise (also responsible for The Andromeda Strain and The Sound Of Music —yes, really) effectively combines scares and an unreliable protagonist to make for a truly compelling chiller. Julie Harris’ lead performance is excellently erratic, as well.
2. The Shining (1980)
We’re bending the rules here, since The Shining is more a haunted hotel movie than a haunted house movie. However, this Stanley Kubrick masterpiece is so genius that it deserves to be in the upper echelons of basically every movie list ever written. Not only is it genuinely creepy—this tale of the Torrence family spending a winter stuck in a summertime resort is also rich in what-does-it-mean symbolism that’ll keep you guessing long after the credits roll.
1 . The Innocents (1961)
The Innocents wasn’t a pioneering haunted house movie, nor is it the most famous. However, director Jack Clayton’s low-budget thriller is perfect . It’s a horrifyingly atmospheric thriller that’s torturous in its quietness, making every twitching curtain and figure walking across the frame a silent terror that will imprint on your retinas. The performances are all believable and fragile, the costumes magnificent and the color contrast striking. To this day, it is one of the most visually flawless (not to mention flat-out terrifying) black-and-white movies you will ever see. Every frame truly is a painting in this master stroke that’s waiting, begging to be recognized.
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Spooky season is here, and nothing will get you in a festive mood like a great horror film where the characters themselves are celebrating Halloween. From slashers to anthologies to a controversial British broadcast, these are some of the best horror movies that take place on or around Oct. 31.
'Hell Fest' (2018)
A masked killer hides in plain sight to target Halloween carnival attendees who think he’s part of the experience in this underrated slasher. "Hell Fest" captures the fun of walking through a haunted house while laughing along with friends, and excellent production design makes it ideal for throwing on at a Halloween party. If it only featured a more memorable mask design for the killer, the movie might have become a cult classic.
"Haunt" would pair perfectly with "Hell Fest" for a double feature, as it shares a similar plot following a group of friends who go to an extreme haunted house and slowly realize their lives are actually in danger. It's not quite as festive as "Hell Fest," but better characters and scares make "Haunt" stronger overall.
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'Terrifier 2' (2022)
"Terrifier 2," which sees a killer clown commit a series of insanely graphic murders on Halloween, is the modern equivalent of a sleazy grindhouse film from the 1970s. It's a trashy, repulsive, flawed, and perversely enjoyable slasher, with seriously impressive practical gore effects for the budget. But viewers who can't stomach extreme gore should stay away, as this might be the most sadistically bloody horror film ever made.
'Tales of Halloween' (2015)
Ten spooky stories, each directed by a different filmmaker, unfold in the same town on Halloween in this breezy anthology. Like any anthology, some segments are better than others. But almost all are solid, and there are enough that even if you're not vibing with one, another you might like better will start before you know it.
'Hell House LLC' (2015)
Some of the creepiest scenes in found-footage horror history can be seen in "Hell House LLC," a faux documentary about a tragedy that occurred on the opening of a fictional haunted house. The movie does a lot with a little, relying on simplistic scares that usually don't need music or loud stingers to be effective. It also utilizes the mockumentary format in a smart way, leading to a creative, and haunting, final reveal.
This legendary British horror film is sort of a '90s version of "The War of the Worlds." It aired on BBC1 on Halloween 1992 and is presented as a live investigation of a haunted house. But a real television presenter and journalist, Michael Parkinson, stars as himself, which is part of what led many viewers to believe it was real. As a result, the film sparked so many complaints that it was never aired in the UK again. If you can make yourself forget that "Ghostwatch" is scripted, it's a chilling experience.
'WNUF Halloween Special' (2013)
Similar to "Ghostwatch," "WNUF Halloween Special" is meant to look like a live news broadcast where a journalist explores a haunted house on Halloween 1987. But what sets it apart is that the action is broken up by lengthy breaks for fake commercials, all of which are stunningly faithful to what local news ads would look like at the time. This adds to the authenticity and creates a delightfully festive atmosphere. "WNUF" is more nostalgic and fun than it is scary, but what fun it is.
It's an obvious pick for a reason, as no Halloween season would be complete without a rewatch of John Carpenter's 1978 classic. It remains the greatest slasher of all time, and what not all its sequels understood was that Carpenter's restraint, both in regards to the gore and to its villain's unknowable motives, made it that much scarier.
'Trick 'r Treat' (2009)
The best Halloween movie is undoubtedly " Trick 'r Treat ," a pitch-perfect anthology that doesn't simply take place on Oct. 31. No, the movie is about Halloween more fundamentally, exploring the traditions that define the holiday and what it means in our lives at various ages. It's everything that makes Halloween special distilled into a tight, highly rewatchable package.
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From the Bijou to Brushy Mountain: 9 of the most haunted spots in Knoxville, East Tennessee
(A version of this article was originally published in October 2022.)
October is the spookiest month of the year. What better time to hunt up the haunted locations around you?
From a downtown theater to a former prison to local restaurants, historically haunted spots can be found in and around Knoxville. A few brave Knox News staffers have even ventured to look for ghosts themselves!
For those curious about visiting any of these sites in Knoxville and East Tennessee, be careful not only for the sake of the lost souls, but also because some locations are privately owned.
It never hurts to check to see if ghost tours are available, so ghost hunt responsibly.
Alexander Inn in Oak Ridge
In a city filled with history and intrigue, the Alexander Inn (otherwise known as the Guest House) fits right in.
The inn first opened in the 1940s and housed several members involved with the World War II Manhattan Project , including J. Robert Oppenheimer and Gen. Leslie Groves. It fell into disrepair in the 1990s before getting a renovation and reopening as a senior living home.
The haunted aspects of the location have been investigated by local paranormal services , but it's unclear how truly spooky it is. Legend says it's got some ghosts, though; stories tell of visitors seeing blood on the walls, hearing footsteps or spotting someone looking out of the windows, according to Knox News reports.
It's now privately operated, so ghost hunters won't be able to explore the premises, but can appreciate its history.
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Baker Peters House in Knoxville
Heading west in Knoxville, one building stands out from the rest: the Baker Peters House at 9000 Kingston Pike.
Built in 1830, the house was used by Confederate supporter Dr. James Harvey Baker . He died in 1863 when Union soldiers raided his house. Baker's son Abner was fighting the war at the time, but was later hanged by an angry mob in downtown Knoxville for shooting a former Union soldier named William Hall.
In the late 19th century, George Peters purchased the house. It is currently the site of Finn's Restaurant and Tavern.
Past tales of the house being haunted involve unexplained noises, voices, whistling and laughter, lights turning off and on and glasses flying from racks, according to Knox News reports.
With a dead Confederate supporter looming over it, the house has become a historical landmark in Knoxville. Finn's offers ghost tours of the house, with one coming up Oct. 22, 2023. Tickets are available now .
The Bijou Theatre in Knoxville
The Bijou Theatre on Gay Street is one of the best-known haunted buildings in Knoxville.
The building was completed in 1817 , a year after owner Thomas Humes died. It changed hands and operated as a hotel called The Lamar House.
In 1857, the building was owned by Col. William H. Sneed and became a hospital during the Civil War, according to the Bijou website. Famously, Gen. William P. Sanders died in the hotel's bridal suite in 1863.
The building became a theater in 1909, but operated in disrepair for most of the 20th century. It was renovated in 2005 and has operated as a thriving artistic center ever since.
With its more 200 years of history as a hotel, brothel, Civil War hospital and a theater, souls must be trapped within the Bijou's walls and backstage nooks and crannies. Several local ghost hunters have explored the building, including the Tennessee Wraith Chasers in 2020. The theater has hosted its own ghost tours in the past because of the intense curiosity, but isn't currently hosting paranormal teams due to the number of shows on its schedule, according to the Bijou website.
So definitely look around next time you catch a show there!
Brushy Mountain in Petros
Brushy Mountain is arguably one of the most recognizable haunted locations in East Tennessee.
Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary was built in 1896 and served as one of Tennessee's high-security prisons. Notable parts of the prison's history include supplying inmates for the Coal Creek Company and housing high-profile inmates including Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassin James Earl Ray. It was classified as a maximum-security prison in the 1960s. Some inmates died within the walls of the penitentiary.
It closed as a prison in 2009.
Now, Brushy Mountain operates as a tourist draw with a store, restaurant, distillery and even a concert venue. The former prison also hosts ghost tours . Knox News conducted its own investigation into the prison's paranormal activity with reporter Ryan Wilusz .
During his tour, Wilusz said it's "not a place I'd want to be back then, not a place I want to be now."
Daugherty Furniture Building in Clinton
In historic downtown Clinton, one building stands out along Main Street.
The Daugherty Furniture Building at 307 Main St. was first built in 1942. It was owned and operated by J. R. Daugherty, who also lived in the building until his death in 1985.
In 2018, Craig Hansen, who had an antique shop in the building, told The Courier News about ghost sightings he had witnessed, including furniture moving on its own, lights turning on after he locked up and footsteps echoing down the hallway.
Drummond Bridge in Briceville
This bridge in Briceville might just be one of the most frightening spots in East Tennessee
The Drummond Bridge is named after Richard Drummond, a coal miner who got caught up in the Coal Creek War of 1891-1892 . The conflict began as a wage dispute and turned into an armed fight with the Tennessee State Militia stepping in. Drummond was a 25-year-old miner who killed Private William Laugherty. Drummond was lynched and hanged from the bridge, according to a New York Times article from 1893.
The website gatlinburghaunts.com reports that you can hear gasping and that animals refuse to go near the site.
The Greenbrier Restaurant in Gatlinburg
It's one thing to visit a haunted location, but it's something else to eat at one.
The Greenbrier Restaurant is quite lovely, but it holds a dark past. It opened in the 1930s as a lodge before functioning as a restaurant. In the 1930s, a guest named Lydia took her own life on the second floor after being stood up at what was supposed to be her wedding, according to gatlinburghaunts.com .
It's said her spirit still haunts the Greenbrier and you can sometimes see her on the second floor. The restaurant has acknowledged her presence and has further immortalized her by naming a drink after her on the menu.
Greystone Camp House in Knoxville
The Greystone Camp House along North Broadway even looks like a haunted mansion.
The house was built in 1890 and was owned by Major Eldad Cicero Camp Jr. He moved to Knoxville after the Civil War and eventually was appointed as the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee, along with organizing the Coal Creek Company. He died in 1920. The home was sold in 1935 and used as apartments until WATE-TV purchased it in 1965.
WATE-TV still operates within the Greystone Camp House, and offers tours of the studio. The news station has looked into the paranormal aspects of the property , with investigators staying in the mansion overnight. Workers at WATE-TV reported incidences of hair pulling, ghost sightings and being pushed down the stairs. The investigators said they contacted a ghost: Camp's mother Minerva!
Wheatlands Plantation in Sevierville
In the heart of Sevierville, a historic home bore witness to atrocities.
Built in 1791, the Wheatlands Plantation was originally owned by Timothy Chandler. The land was a plantation with slave labor until the end of the Civil War. Before that, the grounds were the site of the Battle of Boyd's Creek , a 1780 Revolutionary War battle between white settlers and Cherokee natives. There's a mass Native American grave along with several rows of headstones on the property.
According to nashvilleghosts.com , the dark history of the property is filled with around 70 murders. Visitors have reported ghost sightings, including a girl wandering in a blue dress, bloodstains that appear on the floor and enslaved children running around.
The property is now listed as an Airbnb. But the historic site is included on the Boyd's Creek Fall Driving Tour .
Keenan Thomas reports for the Knox News business growth and development team. You can reach him by email at [email protected].
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'Haunted Mansion': Streaming Release Date and How to Watch From Anywhere
After hitting theaters in the summer, the Disney movie is streaming for Halloween season.
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If you're looking for some family-friendly scares this month, then you'll want to crank up Disney Plus for Haunted Mansion.
A fresh reboot of the 2003 adaptation that previously starred Eddie Murphy, the film debuted in theaters on July 28. Haunted Mansion follows a widow named Gabbie (Rosario Dawson) and her young son, Travis (Chase Dillion), who move from New York to the haunted Gracey Manor. They become trapped in the mansion, and with the help of a psychic and ghost tour operator, try to make sense of all the ghostly occurrences in the house. They learn a larger, evil plot is at work too.
The movie also features LaKeith Stanfield, Tiffany Haddish, Owen Wilson, Danny DeVito, Daniel Levy, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Jared Leto as The Hatbox Ghost.
If you're ready to witness a supernatural gathering of spirits with a comedic vibe, read on to learn how to watch Haunted Mansion and why a VPN could be a useful tool.
How to watch Haunted Mansion on Disney Plus
Disney Plus will begin streaming Haunted Mansion on Wednesday in the US and Canada, with other regions to follow. You can also buy the digital version that includes exclusive bonus content via Prime Video, Apple TV, Vudu or similar platforms on Wednesday.
Soon, Disney Plus' ad-free service will cost more in the US, but new subscribers can still lock in a year of ad-less Disney Plus for $110, or one month for $11. You can also try out the new ad-free Disney bundle , which launched in September. On Oct. 12, the ad-free tier goes up to $140 a year or $14 a month. If you're already a subscriber, you will be charged the new price during your next billing cycle that falls on or after that date.
There is also an ad-based tier that costs $8 per month (no option to pay annually), and the price won't increase in October. Read more on how we tested Disney Plus' ad-supported tier and what to expect with the price hike .
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Halloween TV and Streaming Calendar 2023: Horror Movies, Eerie Episodes, Spooky Specials, and More
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Spooky season is upon us and streaming services have released their Halloween-themed programming lineup for the entire month of October. You want new horror movies, petrifying TV shows, spooktacular specials, and ravenous reality shows? They’re all here. We bet you’ll find something to scratch that Halloween itch every night of the month.
Below are links to each streaming service’s respective horror hubs, including the new titles added this month. Freeform’s “31 Nights of Halloween” is celebrating its 25th anniversary by delivering a month-long roster of pumpkin-flavored programming to delight the senses. Titles on the docket this year include Hocus Pocus , the 30th anniversary of Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas , and the Freeform premieres of Encanto , Zombies , and Zombies 2 . Hulu is striking back with Huluween, a truly scary slate that features titles like Ash vs Evil Dead , Stephen King’s Rose Red, The Boogeyman , and The Mill . Disney+’s Hallowstream offers more family-friendly fare like Haunted Mansion , Marvel’s Werewolf By Night in color, and the premiere of spooky series Goosebumps .
Netflix never skimps on the Halloween goodness. This year, Mike Flanagan’s ode to Edgar Allan Poe, The Fall of the House of Usher , will be a must-watch for horror fans. The streamer’s “Halloween Favorites” collection features subcategories including “This Place is Evil,” “Zombies, Vampires and Ghouls,” “Horror Hidden Gems,” “Teen Screams,” and “High Brow Horror.” Max has season 2 of Spanish horror hit 30 Coins , the shark-themed craziness of Meg 2: The Trench , the Final Destination movies, selections from the Conjuring -verse, fun classics like Beetlejuice , Little Shop of Horrors , and so much more. Let’s not forget Peacock: season 3 of Chucky , the Halloween franchise, classic Universal Monsters movies, and more frightful goods will be available to stream.
Here are quick links to the hubs and a calendar of Halloween programming for 2023. Check back, as we will update the calendar as new titles are confirmed.
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Film / A Really Haunted Loud House
It's a spooky night This house is haunted Yeah, it's filled with fright Like the ghosts wanted C'mon, together it feels so right Oh, what a spooky night! —"Spooky Night"
A Really Haunted Loud House is a Halloween made-for-TV movie and a spinoff of The Really Loud House and, by extension, The Loud House . The leads of The Really Loud House , as well as some guest stars and featured roles, reprise their roles in the film.
The plot revolves around Lincoln (Wolfgang Schaeffer) and Clyde (Jahzir Bruno) skipping the annual Loud family Spooktacular in favor of attending a party held by Xander Coddington (Martin Fajardo), a new cool kid who has just moved in to Royal Woods. As for the Spooktacular, things go awry when Rita (Jolie Jenkins), having just learned that her excessive feeding of candy to her kids has given them cavities, swaps the candy she was going to give the town for dental hygiene products, causing them to get negative reviews online. Unaware that it's his house that's getting lame reviews, Lincoln attempts to gain favor with Xander by siccing his army of fans on them, but after realizing he's targeting his own family, Lincoln rallies his family to fight back against the Xander Nation. Meanwhile, Lynn Sr. ( Brian Stepanek ) faces his own inner demons and is forced to evade Lincoln's Action News Team friends, who are trying to catch a cryptid.
"So, by a show of hands, who believes these tropes are haunted?"
- As with The Really Loud House , the opening credits end with "With Jolie Jenkins"/"And Brian Stepanek".
- The ending credits' list of guest stars ends with "And Kevin Chamberlin as Flip Phillipini".
- Big Bad : Xander, the main antagonist, is a cool new kid from Royal Woods Middle.
- Companion Cube : Esmeralda, Lisa's pumpkin, whom she treats as a friend. Naturally, Todd is a Green-Eyed Monster who is bent on carving up the pumpkin.
- Exact Words : When Rita finds out the kids have cavities, she reminds them that she told them to floss every night. They did floss... as in, perform the dance move known as the floss, and hence got the cavities.
- Expy : Xander. New cool kid whom Lincoln and Clyde initially try to gain favor, only to realize he's a bully? Sounds an awful lot like Chandler McCann from the animated series.
- Gory Discretion Shot : Parodied. As Todd steals Lana's chainsaw to carve up Esmeralda the pumpkin, the camera pulls away before it can show the carving.
- Jabba Table Manners : The first sign of Lynn Sr.'s "transformation" into a werewolf is that he ravenously devours Luan's sandwich with no regard for manners.
- Large Ham : Royal Woods may be a town of ham, especially when the Louds are involved, but Brian Stepanek goes completely off the rails on playing Lynn Sr. as a werewolf.
- Not Now, Kiddo : Both youngest child Lily and second-oldest Leni are subject to this when the family is trying to determine who stole Esmerelda. Lily saw Lincoln and Clyde sneak inside the large pumpkin when Xander stole it, and says "Lincoln in pumpkin" twice, both times being ignored. Leni comes across a live stream of Xander bragging about his plans to crush the pumpkin, which is at first brushed off before she explains what it is, at which point Lily speaks up again, and the rest of the family puts two-and-two together.
- Promoted to Opening Credits : Lexi DiBenedetto (Lori) and August Michael Peterson (Lily) are listed in the opening credits after spending Season 1 of The Really Loud House being listed as guest stars.
- Shadow Discretion Shot : Parodied. During Lynn Sr.'s "transformation" into a werewolf, he gets glue on his face and then lands face-first onto a furry bean bag. His attempts to remove the fur from his face are shown in shadow, with his howling at the moon completing his "transformation".
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