Saturday, July 06, 2013

Places That Haven’t Yet Been the Setting for Horror Movies

Altoona, Pennsylvania

The Old Spaghetti Factory

The one women’s restroom with the tampon machine


A rental car

A house that Judd Nelson used to live in, it turns out

An country club that needs to learn a lesson about accepting those who are different

A “hands on a hard body” contest that’s filmed in real time


The set of a reality show that is a thinly veiled parody of Project Runway

The National Spelling Bee

That one last page of Where’s Waldo? where they’re all Waldo but in this instance one of them is a cold-blooded killer


A ventriloquist convention

The Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference

Fun bonus info: I almost listed “one of the California Missions,” but then I remembered the cinematic footnote that is Incubus, a 1965 William Shatner film that was filmed at Mission San Antonio de Padua and, perhaps more notably, is entirely in Esperanto. It’s also allegedly cursed, and I’m not sure which sin is more likely to have brought that bad luck — the Esperanto or the fact that the filmmakers lied to get the church’s okay to shoot a horror movie there.

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  1. Why Altoona?

    The only two reasons Altoona, PA is notable (off the top of my head) would be the Boyer Candy factory, makers of the Mallo Cup; and Norfolk Southern Ry.'s Juniata Works locomotive shop (originally built by the Pennsylvania Railroad, then passed on to Penn Central, and Conrail, and now NS).

    So your potential victims will either drown in a vat of marshmallow creme, or get Dash 9's dropped on them. Yikes.

    1. Honestly, I just think "Altoona" is an inherently funny place name.

    2. I cannot argue with that!