It's getting towards that time of the year again: the new series of American Horror Story is with us, a new Paranormal Activity film threatens to
bore us all rigid scare the socks off us...it can only be Halloween. To celebrate the macabre holiday, we're taking a look at some real-life haunted houses that are far more terrifying than anything the febrile imaginations of Hollywood can throw at us. Imagine ghoulish figures lurking in the corners, blood dripping down the walls - your average Glasgow pub, basically.
While sceptics scoff and mutter, the following ten houses - all homes, so notorious spectral hotspots such as castles are excluded - have all been the subject of many things that go bump in the night. Strange voices have been heard, poltergeist activity spotted and ghostly apparitions have horrified even the hardiest of souls. Even more appalling than the hauntings themselves are the stories behind these damned dwellings; a home locally known as 'The Axe Murder House' more than deserves its foul reputation.
Some of the homes featured are still inhabited, others have long since been abandoned to the spirits. Unbelievably, many are the subject of paid tours, where you can even spend the night should you possess more money than sense. You don't think that you believe in ghosts? Come, let us take you by the hand and see if we can change your minds.
10 Blickling Hall
9 Bhangarh Fort
8 The White House
7 Milan Mansion
6 Bailey Mansion
5 Lemp Mansion
4 Belmez Cottage
3 Hooley Haunted Mansion
2 Villisca Axe Murder House
1 Amityvile Horror House
You may have heard of this one. The case of the Lutz family was portrayed in the seminal film The Amityville Horror in the seventies (and again in an underrated Ryan Reynolds remake at the turn of the millennium). In 1974, the DeFeo family inhabited the house and six members were slaughtered by eldest son, Ronald DeFeo Jr. The following year, the Lutz family moved in, only to quickly abandon the premises after reporting unexplained odors and drafts and paranormal activity. Most frighteningly of all, they claimed to see a demon that took the form of a half-pig, half-man like creature.
Sources: abcnews.go.com, nydailynews.com, telegraph.co.uk, businessinsider.com
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