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There's No Road Trip Like a Horror Movie Road Trip in Vancouver

Hey Cats,

Wes Craven, who was undoubtedly one of the most celebrated writers and producers of horror movies this world had ever seen, once said: “Some people ask why people would go into a dark room to be scared. I say they are already scared, and they need to have that fear manipulated and massaged. I think of horror movies as the disturbed dreams of a society.” 

If you are a die-hard fan of horror movies, you have more than like fantasised about visiting real-life locations where some of your cinematic favourites were filmed. While a road trip to Hollywood might seem like a dream come true, there is another, less obvious destination that has been the filming location of countless horror movies: Vancouver. Affectionately known as ‘Hollywood North’, British Columbia’s most diverse city has been the temporary home of the star-studded casts of countless popular movies, of which the following are just a few examples.

The Cabin in the Woods

The 2012 classic horror which revolves around the misadventures of five college friends at a remote forest cabin managed to make $66.5 million at the box office and was deemed a cult-classic by many a horror movie fundi. The film, which stars big names such as Chris Hemsworth, Jesse Williams, and Kristen Connolly was filmed, you guessed it, in and around Vancouver! 

Popular sets include the outside of the British Columbia Institute of Technology (Aerospace Technology Campus), Dana’s apartment (an apartment complex situated at Trafalgar and 5th Avenue) and, of course, the film’s mysterious ‘sacrifice facility’. You will also recognize many familiar landmarks from the movie as you make your way through one of Canada’s most sought-after filming locations.

Final Destination

No classic horror movie collection will be complete without the inclusion of the Final Destination series. Likewise, no horror movie inspired road trip will be complete without visiting the filming locations of some of the series’ most iconic scenes, all of which were shot in and around Vancouver (with the exception of the first movie which was filmed in New Orleans). When planning your road trip, be sure to include stops such as the Plaza of Nations (Tim’s death and the Ellis Medical Complex), Vancouver College (McKinley High School), and 4840 Delta Street (Terry’s Death and the Coffee Beanery).

The Twilight Saga

Technically Twilight is not a horror but whether you were a fan of the vampire-franchise or not, no trip to Vancouver would be complete without visiting a few of the locations that featured in the immensely-popular movie series. Popular locales include a private residence in Coquitlam which was used for the scenes of Jacob & Billy Black’s home, yet another private home located at 118 Stevens Drive in West Vancouver that was used as the Cullen house in both New Moon & Eclipse, and the Ridge Theatre which was the location used for the indoor movie scene that featured Bella, Mike Newton, and Jacob. In fact, by just driving through Vancouver you will sport many more sites that were used in the movies that collectively earned a whopping $3,317,470,739 at the box office. 

Make the most of your movie-inspired road trip

Road trips are undoubtedly fun but if you want to avoid being stranded in a unknown territory, possibly awaiting the same fate as some of your favourite horror movie characters, you need to ensure that you are prepared for the trip. Ensure that the vehicle you are travelling in is safe, has up-to-date insurance, and has undergone a check to make sure that everything from the windows and tires to the brakes and oil are as they should be. Always pack warm clothes in case of a sudden weather change and ensure you have some bottled water and a basic first aid kit on standby should the need for them arise.

Vancouver is without a doubt one of the best road trip destinations for anyone in search of some horror movie-inspired adventure. If you haven’t yet started drawing up your itinerary what are you waiting for? Book your tickets, pack your bags, and get ready for what is bound to be a very exciting and memorable ghoulish adventure.

Where is your favourite horror road trip?


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