NOLA’s history of witchcraft, its geography dotted with decaying above-ground cemeteries, and a reputation for housing all manner of fictional vampires makes it an ideal setting for celebrating the art of the scare. Not to mention that, thanks to its French colonial-style architecture, moss-hung oaks, and buttery subtropical light, it may be the most hauntingly photogenic city of all time.
Hollywood has certainly taken advantage of the Crescent City’s atmosphere over the years. Indeed, the city once known as Hollywood South (a title now held by Atlanta) and its outlying areas have become a popular shooting location for an impressive number of horror films and TV shows.
In 1964, the Bette Davis-Olivia De Havilland horror film Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte exploited the spooky potential of 19th-century plantation homes to great effect. In 1994, the city hosted Hollywood mega-stars Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt for the adaptation of Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire. Producer Ryan Murphy used the city as a backdrop for two gruesome seasons of American Horror Story, and most recently, it served as a backdrop for The Purge, a hyper-violent miniseries on USA Network.
To celebrate the city’s long history as a haven for some of Tinseltown’s ghastliest visions, we’ve put together a handy map of locations featured in horror films and TV shows, from the sprawling plantations west of the city to NOLA’s patchwork of cemeteries, churches, and late-night dive bars.Read More