Tuesday, October 28, 2008

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The Amityville Horror House

The 1979 movie The Amityville Horror, starring James Brolin and Margot Kidder, gave America a fright it hadn't had since The Exorcist six years before. Although based on a novel by Jay Anson, the story was allegedly based on true events that occurred in suburban Long Island. The house used in the movie (photo) became a horror film icon, with its two upper windows suggesting eyes. However, the house used in the movie was located in New Jersey, not Long Island. This private home is not open to the public, but if you're in the mood for a drive-by shiver, we'll give you the exact location click here.

The Bell Witch House

In 1817, the Bell family of Tennessee claimed to be plagued by paranormal activity, including ghostly sounds, the appearance of strange animals, and physical abuse. The ghost behind the mayhem, who identified herself as "Kate," became famous throughout America as "the Bell's Witch." It is even said that Andrew Jackson visited the home and witnessed paranormal activity. But the torment proved too much for family patriarch John Bell, who died in 1820. The events that allegedly occurred on this very spot have inspired three movies so far, including 2006's An American Haunting, starring Donald Sutherland and Sissy Spacek. For more on the Bell Witch House, click here.

The Haunted Hospital

The problems all started in 1933, when a patient being wheeled to surgery in Alberta's Galt Hospital was accidentally dropped down an elevator shaft. Not surprisingly, his ghost stuck around to haunt the staff, and he was soon joined by the ghosts of two children from the pediatric ward. Then a whole host of strange sounds and sightings began, lasting all the way until the hospital closed in 1955. Today the building is the Galt Museum, covering all the history of southwestern Alberta. To learn more, click here.

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