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House Built for (On-Screen) Nightmares

Published October 23, 2015
Try to conjure up an idea of the perfect haunted house, and a rambling Victorian most likely comes to mind. The architectural style frequently spotted on the pages of This Old House also has a reputation in American horror for making movie viewers feel ill at ease, with plummeting mansard roofs and eerie, shadow-casting gingerbread trim. Here, we examine how the original architectural details we laud in our Save This Old House column can often be the creepiest when cast in the right shadow by horror movies.
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