The Most Common City for Horror Films to be Featured in

Is your home town or city the creepy capital of the world? We analysed more than 150 horror movie locations to find out! 

From Voldemort to Sweeney Todd, we looked at where the world’s favourite and most terrifying horror movie villains do their bidding! If you live in New York, Los Angeles or London, you’re in for a spooky treat. As the cities with the highest concentration of movie weirdos and fiends in the world, residents here could share their neighbourhood with the likes of Patrick Bateman from American Psycho or Alex from A Clockwork Orange.


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Locations are so important in horror films. Not only do they help bring a sense of realism to creepy tales, but they can also help build the sense of terror and foreboding we all love in a scary film. Whether a fictional place brought to life on screen, or an actual location you can visit in real life, some of the most popular horror movie settings can be found in the US and the UK.

The below cities are home to the most horror movie villains in the world:

New York 19
Los Angeles 10
London 9
Chicago 4
New Orleans 4
Baltimore 2
Detroit 2
Santa Cruz 2
Toronto 2
Adelaide 1

New York

New York is most commonly known as the city that never sleeps, but now it’s also officially the city that hosts the most villainous fictional characters. New York is home to some of the most destructive villains of all time, including the Green Goblin from Spiderman and Homelander from The Boys.

Los Angeles

Who would have thought the City of Angels was such a hotspot for horror movie villains? Los Angeles comes in second as the city that hosts the most horror movie villains – think Constance Langdon from American Horror Story and the Red Face Demon from Insidious.


Iconic London creeps in at number three, making it the most jam-packed location for villains in the whole of the UK. From Creep to Hellraiser, London is home to some of the most nightmare-inducing movie characters of all time.

Horror Hotspots: Countries Ranked

For thriller fans who want to move across the pond to where the greatest number of horror movies are set, our research showed us the countries where most movie villains are found. Looking for that scare factor? This is where you’ll find it.

United States 117
United Kingdom 12
Canada 5
Sweden 3
Italy 2
Switzerland 2
Antarctica 1
Australia 1
Austria 1
France 1

United States

The states soars to number one as the creepy capital of the world. With a vast variety of locations, from skyscrapers and creepy haunted houses to remote locations in the woods, a staggering 117 horror movie villains call the US home, including Ghostface from Scream and Michael Myers from Halloween.

United Kingdom

The UK comes in as the second most creepy hotspot in the world. Out of all the movies we analysed, 12 of the most terrifying villains from across the globe call the UK home. From Voldemort to Sweeney Todd – these villains successfully place the UK on the scary barometer!


Canada comes in at number three, and although it has far fewer villains than the US and UK, the ones it does have are sure to haunt your dreams. Any unsuspecting Canadian could be neighbours with Seth from The Fly or the Le Domas Family from Ready or Not.

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