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October 29th, 2013
Geography of Horror Maps Out Films’ Greatest Death Traps

And yes, that fateful picnic was at Hanging Rock – but which Victorian country town is nearest to that disturbing solvsbergite geological formation?

Wonder no more… this Halloween, horror buffs will finally have all the blood-curdling locations of the scariest movies ever made at their fingertips, thanks to the interactive ‘Geography of Horror’ map from Australian mapping technology experts Esri Australia.

Esri’s Geography of Horror map draws on Geographic Information System (GIS) technology to reveal details about the top horror films for each decade – from pre-1960s to today – ranked according to IMDb user ratings.

It features all the classic death-traps – Amityville, Pennsylvania (The Amityville Horror), London (American Werewolf in London), and, of course, Texas (Texas Chainsaw Massacre) – as well as some lesser-known haunts.

Remember when that freaky little blonde girl uttered ‘They’re baaaaack’ in the classic 80s spine-tingler Poltergeist? Well ‘they’ actually returned to a little-known Californian housing development called Cuesta Verda.

Kingston Falls, New York, anyone? That was that unlucky little community that was held to ransom by furry huggables turned scaly killers in the box-office smash Gremlins.

So study the ‘Geography of Horror’ map carefully – and next time a friend wonders which cities were stripped of brains in each of George A. Romero’s cult zombie flics… let them pick yours.

The Geography of Horror can be viewed at: http://esriaustralia.com.au/geography-of-horror