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It’s Horror Geography Time, Bitches!

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I was  geeking out on horror with my pal Jenn this week when she posited that there’s something extra special about horror films that are set back east during the fall or winter. Call it a Halloween thing, a nostalgic displaced east coaster thing, or maybe just a gothy longing for a season and place where everything DIES ONCE A YEAR. But there’s merit to what she said.

This got me to digging around in all the ancient tomes and libraries of yor to see which horror films had been set where. And then that lead me to the idea of seeing how each of our United States faired in the horror film department.

What I came up with is the following list of horror films representing the 50 states of this glorious union. Some states had tons so I picked a fave. Some states produced nothing, but Im sure SOMETHING was set there and I’m just missing it. (I’m looking at you, Montana, Mississipi and Idaho.)

Anyway, get some pins and your favorite U.S. map and get ready for todays lesson:
The Geography of Horror!

Alabama - JAWS OF SATAN (1981) (it’s okay, I haven’t seen it either)

Alaska - 30 DAYS OF NIGHT (2007)

Arizona - PSYCHO (1960)

Arkansas - THE LEGEND OF BOGGY CREEK (1972)

California - There are many, but I pick THE BIRDS (1963)

Colorado - THE SHINING - (1980)

Connecticut - THE STEPFORD WIVES (1975)

Delaware - REDNECK ZOMBIES (1987)

Florida - DAY OF THE DEAD (1985)

Georgia - 2001 MANIACS (2005)

Hawaii - SNAKES ON A PLANE (2006)

Idaho -  I couldn’t find one! Who wants to film a horror film in Idaho with me?
 
Illinois - HALLOWEEN (1978)

Indiana - CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND (1977)

Iowa - THE CRAZIES (2010)

Kansas - No horror films but hey... WIZARD OF OZ (1939)

Kentucky - THE RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD (1985)

Louisiana - HATCHET (2006)

Maine - Thanks to Stephen King, Maine is the motherload of horror
THE MIST (2007),  PET SEMATARY (1989), NEEDFUL THINGS (1993), CUJO (1983), THE DARK HALF (1993),  THE DEADZONE (1983), DOLORES CLAIBORNE (1995),

Maryland - THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT (1999)

Massachusetts - JAWS (1975)

Michigan - THE CROW (1994)

Minnesota - JENNIFER’S BODY (2009) (sorry, it’s the best one I could find)

Mississippi - Like Idaho, I came up with nothing for this one! Did I miss something?

Missouri - ALBINO FARM (2009)

Montana - Hmm... I got nothing, just an honorable mention to JURASSIC PARK

Nebraska - CHILDREN OF THE CORN (1984)

Nevada - FRIGHT NIGHT (2011)

New Hampshire - IN THE MOUTH OF MADNESS (1995)

New Jersey -  FRIDAY THE 13TH (1980)

New Mexico - LET ME IN (2010)

New York - There’s like a million, so I’m picking KING KONG (1933)

North Carolina - THE DESCENT (2005)

North Dakota - LEPRACHAUN (1993)

Ohio - THE FACULTY (1998)

Oklahoma - I got nothin’ you guys know of one?

Oregon - THE GOONIES (1985) I know, not horror, but c’mon GOONIES!

Pennsylvania - NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (1968)

Rhode Island - CALL OF C’THULHU (2005)

South Carolina - SLITHER 2006

South Dakota - BADLANDS (1973) (Not strictly horror, but close)

Tennessee - THE EVIL DEAD (1981)

Texas - TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE (1974)

Utah - I’LL ALWAYS KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER (lol c’mon Utah! You can do better than that.)

Vermont - FINAL DESTINATION (2000)

Virginia - DONNIE DARKO (2001)

Washington - THE CHANGELING (1980)

West Virginia - SILENT HILL (2006)

Wisconsin - COVEN (1998) Short by AMERICAN MOVIE subject Mark Borchardt

Wyoming - CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND (1977)

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