In 1978, John Carpenter's 'Halloween' sent shockwaves through the film world, ushering in a new, more intense level of horror films.

The movie infamously begins on Halloween night 1963, when young Michael Myers returns home from trick-or-treating and coldly murders his older sister. He is sent to an insane asylum, but later escapes to commit a series of brutal murders. The Myers house stands as decrepit and stark building that is just as silent and ominous as the masked killer. The house used for the maniac killer's residence is a real location, located in South Pasadena, CA.

In 1978, John Carpenter's 'Halloween' sent shockwaves through the film world, ushering in a new, more intense level of horror films.

The movie infamously begins on Halloween night 1963, when young Michael Myers returns home from trick-or-treating and coldly murders his older sister. He is sent to an insane asylum, but later escapes to commit a series of brutal murders. The Myers house stands as decrepit and stark building that is just as silent and ominous as the masked killer. The house used for the maniac killer's residence is a real location, located in South Pasadena, CA.

Location as Character: After young Michael commits his horrific crime and murders his older sister on Halloween night, the house becomes abandoned and turns into a blemish on the fictional town of Haddonfield, IL. When Michael returns 15 years later, he returns to his now-derelict home. It is there that he first encounters Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis), as her father -- a real estate agent trying to sell the home -- asks her to drop off a set a keys. Myers gets his first image of Laurie and her friends and begins stalking them, setting off a chain of terrifying events.

At some point in all of the film's sequels, Michael finds some way to return to his old home, which eventually becomes the site of a reality TV show about the Myers legend. But that time, we couldn't really blame Michael for getting rid of them.

Historical Significance: The house was originally abandoned when John Carpenter used it as a location in his low-budget slasher pioneer. The house was located at 707 Meridian Avenue at the time of filming, and was later renovated and moved across the street. It was re-purposed as a chiropractor's office before becoming a hub for multiple local businesses, which use the various rooms for their offices. The house now stands at 1000 Mission Street. Because of its film history significance, the house was named as a local landmark.

Sadly for movie buffs, visiting a chiropractor's office doesn't fill with you sheer terror -- unless you are really worried about the source of pain in your sciatic nerve. Luckily, in Hillsborough, North Carolina, you can visit a replica Myers house, owned and operated by 'Halloween' superfans Kenny Caperton and Emily Currier. They faithfully recreated the exact look of the house, inside and out, and put on 'Halloween'-themed events throughout the year.

Directions: The original Myers house is located at 1000 Mission Street, in South Pasadena, CA. To get there from Route 101 North, merge onto CA-110 N. Take the exit for Orange Grove Avenue, turning right at Orange Grove Ave. Then take a left at Mission Street. The house is located across the street from the Mission Station train stop.

Visitor Info: The original Myers is readily available for an outside walk-by. However, the businesses operating inside do not allow 'Halloween' fans to tour the interior.

The Myers replica house in North Carolina hosts a series of 'Halloween'-themed events throughout the year that are listed on their website. Other visits must be scheduled by appointment only.
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