Looking for something spooky to watch this Halloween? Why not pick a horror movie set in New York!
Longtime Scouting NY readers know I’ve been writing and revising this list for the past five years. While some of these might skirt the boundaries of the horror genre, my main requirement was simply that they’d feel appropriate playing on Halloween. As always, if I’ve forgotten any, please let me know!
With Halloween just around the corner, I figured it’s the perfect time to put together a list of the best horror fiction set in New York City. I’m sure I’ve forgotten some obvious ones – just remind me in the comments and I’ll add it to the list. Only the good stuff though!
In no particular order…
Title: Rosemary’s Baby
Author: Ira Levin
Rosemary Woodhouse and her husband Guy move into the infamous Bramford apartment building on the Upper West Side, and she soon becomes pregnant. But a series of strange incidents leads her to believe her seemingly harmless neighbors might be plotting something devilish for her baby…
I just read Rosemary’s Baby for the first time, and was blown away by how perfectly precise Levin’s novel is, from prose to character to plotting. Even if you’ve seen the movie version a million times like I have, it’s absolutely worth a read, if only for the slightly different ending…
I was up scouting the Columbia University campus last week…
…and in the spirit of Halloween, I decided to swing by the building nestled just beside Low Library.
If you take a moment to stare at it, you’ll realize this little brick building doesn’t really match the surrounding Beaux Arts architecture.
In fact, the longer you look at it, the more you’ll realize just how out of place this three-story brick building looks compared to its surroundings.
This makes sense, of course, because the building dates to a time when Columbia University was located over 50 blocks south…
…and in its place was the Bloomingdale Insane Asylum:
I’m always on the lookout for creative Halloween decorations every year, and I thought this was neat…
Spiders have taken over the entrance to this building on Sutton Square!
I was scouting in the West Village last week…
…when I happened to notice a cute stuccoed building on Perry Street, with an unusual second-story apartment entrance just above the arched entrance.
As I was checking out the building, I happened to look through the gate…
…and noticed something interesting: was that a second building just inside?