As Halloween creeps closer and closer, we take a look at some of the movies that nightmares are made out of that were filmed in the Tar Heel state.
North Carolina has a rich history of being the backdrop of multiple genres of film from "The Hunger Games" to "Dirty Dancing" to "The Last of the Mohicans." But horror films have also found a place in North Carolina filmography.
"Halloween Kills," part of the "Halloween" franchise, is the latest horror film to come out of the state, but there are plenty more.
Check out these 11 horror films that were made in North Carolina:
"Halloween Kills" — director David Gordon Green's sequel to his 2018 reboot of John Carpenter's 1978 original "Halloween" — finished its first weekend as the No. 1 movie in America.
The Wilmington shot horror flick brings back Michael Myers and Laurie Strode, played by Jamie Lee Curtis, in another showdown.
'I Know What You Did Last Summer'
The iconic '90s horror film brought together the likes of Freddie Prinze Jr., Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe and Jennifer Love Hewitt to the big screen being stalked by a hook-wielding killer one year after covering up a car accident in which they killed a man.
The film was primarily shot in Southport and was rebooted into a streaming series for Amazon Prime this year.
A horror movie with some comedy thrown in. This 2002 movie about a group of college friends who go away to a cabin only to contract a flesh-eating virus was filmed just outside of Mt. Airy in Catawba County.
”The Conjuring,” filmed in the Wilmington area in early 2012, is based on the real-life experiences of couple Ed and Lorraine Warren (played by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga), who worked as psychic investigators during the 1970s. It’s a precursor to 1979’s “The Amityville Horror,” a case that made the Warrens famous.
The movie filmed at various locations in the Cape Fear region, including the Carolina Apartments, the Carolinian Inn and UNC Wilmington.
'Evil Dead II'
The sequel to Sam Raimi's cult classic "Evil Dead" has North Carolina ties.
Filmed in 1987, the American supernatural black comedy horror film follows titular lead Ash Williams, played by Bruce Campbell, as he battles demons released by a reading of passages from the Book of the Dead, also known as the Necronomicon Ex-Mortis.
Part of the movie was filmed in Wadesboro.
This Stephen King novel adaptation helped kick off Wilmington as a hot spot for filming.
According to the StarNews, the filming was, "unlike anything Wilmington had ever seen — a major film project with a $15 million budget and stars like a young Drew Barrymore, George C. Scott and Martin Sheen."
The young Barrymore played a child able to start fires with her mind.
Even Hannibal the Cannibal couldn't resist the charm of the Western North Carolina mountains.
The Biltmore Estate in Asheville was home to Gary Oldman's character, the vengeful Mason Verger in the 2001 sequel to "Silence of the Lambs."
The King of Horror's films couldn't stay away from Wilmington.
The 1985 American anthology horror thriller film starred Drew Barrymore once again and filmed in the coastal city. "Cat's Eye" is an adaptation of three of King's short stories, "Quitters, Inc.," "The Ledge," and "General."
Other cast members include James Woods, Alan King, Robert Hays and Candy Clark.
'Trick or Treat'
The 1986 horror classic was shot entirely in New Hanover County, including some studio shots in Wilmington. Starring Marc Price ("Family Ties"), Tony Fields, Lisa Orgolini and Dog Savant, the film depicts a young man haunted by his rock 'n' roll and hometown legend.
Gene Simmons and Ozzy Osbourne make special guest appearances in the film.
While maybe not a horror film, the 1994 gothic superhero movie has become a Halloween and cult classic shot in Wilmington.
A tragic story of a musician and his fiance being murdered was also marred by tragedy on set, when lead Brandon Lee died while filming a scene.
The film went on to spur sequels and even a television adaptation.
Stephen King's comedy horror film "Maximum Overdrive" was shot in Wilmington between July and October 1985. While it starred Emilio Estevez, Pat Hingle and Laura Harrington, King also made a brief cameo as "ATM guy."
The movie was released in 1986 and is centered around machines violently taking revenge on humans, forcing a group of strangers to band together to take on a fleet of killer trucks.
More horror to come
Two more fright flicks made in Wilmington are set to release in 2022: the latest "Scream" movie, which opens Jan. 14, and "The Black Phone," which opens Feb. 4.
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