National Horror Movie Day: Did you know these films were shot in Mass.?

By: David Cifarelli| | October 23, 2023

Turns out there are more nightmares that come out of Massachusetts besides debilitating snowstorms and getting stuck in traffic on the Mass. Pike.

Several horror movies have been filmed in the Bay State that are sure to give you a fright aside from your normal fears associated with being a Massachusetts resident.

In honor of National Horror Movie Day Monday, here is a list of horror movies that were mainly or partially filmed in Massachusetts.

Jaws and Jaws 2

Steven Spielberg’s 1974 classic “Jaws” and its sequel “Jaws 2″ were shot mostly on site on Martha’s Vineyard with the Emerald Coast in Florida also serving as a primary location.

Altered States

Released in 1980, “Altered States” was shot in several locations in and around Boston including Harvard Medical School, Beacon Hill and Logan Airport. The movie was nominated for two Academy Awards and marked the feature film debuts of William Hurt and Drew Barrymore, according to the American Film Institute.

Hocus Pocus

Disney’s classic 1993 Halloween movie “Hocus Pocus” set up shop in Salem, with several locations around the Witch City making an appearance. The main cast shot several scenes in Salem and Marblehead during the first two weeks of production, which started in October 1992.

Shutter Island

Martin Scorsese’s 2010 psychological thriller was mostly shot in Massachusetts, with areas in Taunton being used for the World War II flashback scenes, The Patriot Ledger reported.

Other locations included the old Medfield State Hospital in Medfield, Borderland State Park in Easton, Peddocks Island in the Boston Harbor, East Point in Nahant and Wilson Mountain Reservation in Dedham, according to

Slender Man

Not only is this 2018 movie based in the fictional town of Winsford, Massachusetts, part of “Slender Man” was filmed in Boston, according to The Boston Globe. Production lasted from June to July 2019.

Hubie Halloween

Adam Sandler’s 2020 horror comedy film “Hubie Halloween” was based in Salem and part of the movie was filmed around the Witch City, including locations in Lynnfield, Hamilton, Marblehead and Danvers, reported. Production lasted from July to September 2019.

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