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The Scariest Fictional Places, Towns, and Locations

Updated September 3, 2020 6.3k votes 902 voters 20.8k views44 items

List RulesCreepy and scary fictional places you're really glad aren't real. Upvote the scariest locales!

Some of the locations in our favorite scary movies, creepy TV shows, and mysterious works of fiction have become so iconic that they might as well be characters themselves. Can you hear the words "Haddonfield, Illinois" and not think of leafy, quiet streets being stalked by a masked Michael Myers? Would you buy a house in the fictional city of Cuesta Verde, California (we hear they move the tombstones but not the bodies)? Would you care for a swim off Amity Island or a moonlight walk through the Forbidden Forest? Didn't think so.

Lucky for us, these frightening fictional places from our nightmares don't really exist. Even though it's a thrill to visit them in a movie, book, or video game, we're kind of relieved that we won't ever end up in one of these spooky spots. From the darkest depths of Mordor, to the icy expanse beyond The Wall (where even Jon Snow can't keep you safe), these terrifying places in fiction are locations no one should ever have to go.

So what scary and creepy fictional place frightens you the most? Vote up the scariest locales in fiction listed below, or add a fictional place from literature, television, film, or video games that always keeps you up a night.
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    Silent Hill is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Scariest Fictional Places, Towns, and Locations
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    Silent Hill

    Silent Hill
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    Overlook Hotel is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Scariest Fictional Places, Towns, and Locations
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    Overlook Hotel

    The Shining
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    Crystal Lake is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Scariest Fictional Places, Towns, and Locations
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    Crystal Lake

    Friday the 13th
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    Mordor is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Scariest Fictional Places, Towns, and Locations
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    Mordor

    The Lord of the Rings
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    Derry, Maine is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Scariest Fictional Places, Towns, and Locations
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    Derry, Maine

    It, Dreamcatcher
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    LV-426 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Scariest Fictional Places, Towns, and Locations
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    LV-426

    Alien, Aliens
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    The Forbidden Forest is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Scariest Fictional Places, Towns, and Locations
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    The Forbidden Forest

    Harry Potter
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    Azkaban is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Scariest Fictional Places, Towns, and Locations
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    Azkaban

    Harry Potter
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    Haddonfield, Illinois is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Scariest Fictional Places, Towns, and Locations
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    Haddonfield, Illinois

    Halloween
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    Jurassic Park is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Scariest Fictional Places, Towns, and Locations
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    Jurassic Park

    Jurassic Park
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    Springwood, Ohio is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Scariest Fictional Places, Towns, and Locations
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    50

    Springwood, Ohio

    A Nightmare on Elm Street
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    Gatlin, Nebraska is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Scariest Fictional Places, Towns, and Locations
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    48

    Gatlin, Nebraska

    Children of the Corn
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    Beyond the Wall is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Scariest Fictional Places, Towns, and Locations
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    76

    Beyond the Wall

    A Song of Ice and Fire
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    Pan's Labyrinth is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Scariest Fictional Places, Towns, and Locations
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    60

    Pan's Labyrinth

    Pan's Labyrinth
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    Shutter Island is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Scariest Fictional Places, Towns, and Locations
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    Shutter Island

    Shutter Island
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    Skull Island is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Scariest Fictional Places, Towns, and Locations
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    68

    Skull Island

    King Kong
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    Gotham City is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Scariest Fictional Places, Towns, and Locations
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    Gotham City

    Gotham, Batman
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    Cuesta Verde, California is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Scariest Fictional Places, Towns, and Locations
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    47

    Cuesta Verde, California

    Poltergeist
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    Antonio Bay, California is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Scariest Fictional Places, Towns, and Locations
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    48

    Antonio Bay, California

    The Fog
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    Amity Island is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Scariest Fictional Places, Towns, and Locations
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    Amity Island

    Jaws
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    Crythin Gifford is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Scariest Fictional Places, Towns, and Locations
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    Crythin Gifford

    The Woman in Black
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    'Salem's Lot is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Scariest Fictional Places, Towns, and Locations
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    'Salem's Lot

    Maine
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    Hell is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Scariest Fictional Places, Towns, and Locations
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    Hell

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    Sunnydale, California is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Scariest Fictional Places, Towns, and Locations
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    Sunnydale, California

    Buffy the Vampire Slayer
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    Haunted Forest is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Scariest Fictional Places, Towns, and Locations
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    Haunted Forest

    The Wizard of Oz
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