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Our city’s foggy streets and dramatic Victorians are a natural fit for movies—especially for tales of terror.

But compared to the thrillers and dramas set in Los Angeles, there aren't many horror flicks shot in SF.

Nevertheless, since it’s All Hallow's month, we've rounded up the scariest movies ever shot in the city, chronicling a smattering of psychos, radioactive beasts, and even the occasional vampire that have harrowed everywhere from the zoo in the Sunset District to the Ferry Building along the Embarcadero.

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1. ‘Shadow of a Doubt’

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1130 Airport Blvd
Santa Rosa, CA 95403

Rather than Psycho, Vertigo, or The Birds, Alfred Hitchcock declared 1943’s Shadow of a Doubt his favorite of his own films.

The “small town” Santa Rosa setting was crucial to that appeal, as Hitch relished the idea of introducing a ruthless serial killer into what he imagined to be an idyllic and unassuming Northern California community.

2. ‘Scream’

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Sonoma Mountain Rd
Santa Rosa, CA

This surprise 1996 hit banked over $170 million and resurrected the then-moribund slasher genre.

Director Wes Craven shot all over Sonoma County, and the movie’s shocking opening scene with Drew Barrymore menaced by a voyeuristic killer with a cell phone (a creative touch at the time) took place in a house just southeast of the city.

3. ‘Twixt’

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All-time auteur Francis Ford Coppola shot this 2011 vampire thriller around his own North Bay properties, and cast some local theater talent in supporting roles as well.

The movie was supposed to be an experimental piece in which most scenes would play in a different order every time the movie screened, but this gimmick never really happened, the final film is deeply confused, and Coppola sadly hasn’t directed anything since. At least star Val Kilmer seems to be having fun.

4. ‘Cujo’

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Petaluma‘s filmmaking history includes luminary films like American Graffiti, but this Stephen King thriller in which a killer mad dog menaces ET star Dee Wallace is possibly the town’s most unforgettable cinematic contribution.

5. ‘The Fog’

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Lighthouse Visitor Center, 27000 Sir Francis Drake Blvd
Inverness, CA 94937
(415) 669-1534
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By rights any movie called The Fog ought to be obligated to shoot in San Francisco. But John Carpenter couldn’t find a suitably remote and nautically oriented city locale for his 1980 ghost pirate tale, so Bodega Bay netted the honors.

6. ‘Sphere’

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SS Jeremiah O'Brien
San Francisco, CA 94133

This weird sci-fi thriller based on a Michael Crichton book isolates its cast on an ocean floor lab with an alien presence.

Hollywood came looking for closed naval bases and shot most of the movie at Mare Island in Vallejo, but climbed aboard our own SS Jeremiah O'Brien for a few shots too, since movies set at sea generally demand at least one ship.

7. ‘Predator 2’

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339 19th St
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 893-1634

This 1990 sequel about an alien big game hunter loose in the big city is set in Los Angeles and relies heavily on its LA atmosphere. Why the project chose to shoot a subway scene on a BART train is anybody’s guess, but the vehicle is distinctive to any Bay Area commuter.

8. ‘The Chilling’

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This 1989 cold fish featuring Linda Blair and zombies menacing a cryogenics lab on Halloween night (also released as The Thawing) is set in Kansas City but lists several East Bay locales in its credits, including Oakland.

The Town probably could have done without this one in its ouvre, but you don’t get to pick your laurels.

9. ‘The House on Telegraph Hill’

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1541 Montgomery St
San Francisco, CA 94133

This 1951 murder mystery looked high and higher still for the most dramatic hilltop location in town.

Most of the movie shot on a stage in LA, but there really was a house on Telegraph Hill, and it's still there: the noted Julius Castle restaurant on Montgomery, presently mired in a fight with neighbors over its bid to reopen.

You wouldn't recognize the locale from the movie, though, because filmmakers erected a Victorian facade around the real thing.

10. ‘Stigmata’

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Palace of Fine Arts
San Francisco, CA 94123

Being an exorcism movie of sorts, the 1999 flop Stigmata necessarily includes a trip to Rome. But it's not really Vatican City you're seeing, it's the Palace of Fine Arts, and every monk and nun in the streets was an extra from San Francisco.

11. ‘Attack of the Killer Tomatoes’

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Hyde St & Vallejo St
San Francisco, CA 94109

Yeah, not many scares in this 1978 spoof, which lampoons countless truly scary movies, including The Birds.

Though mostly shot in San Diego, filmmakers did fly in for a scene of a tomato monster menacing the Hyde Street cable car.

12. ‘Sudden Fear’

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2800 Scott St
San Francisco, CA 94123

David MIller’s 1952 Sudden Fear, in which Joan Crawford suspects that her husband is plotting to murder her, shows off Pac Heights and Cow Hollow in all of their glory.

Crawford's character even lived in the palatial 2800 Scott Street, right next door to the city's longtime most expensive home for sale.

13. ‘Godzilla’ (2014)

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Transamerica Pyramid, 600 Montgomery St
San Francisco, CA 94111

The Transamerica Pyramid (which was notably not destroyed in the film) provides handy scale for this Americanized king of monsters outing: Godzilla's size has varied with the years, but he was about 350 feet tall this time around.

The 2019 sequel didn’t bother to return to town, but that’s probably for the best given how it turned out.

14. ‘Monster In the Closet’

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Transamerica Pyramid, 600 Montgomery St
San Francisco, CA 94111

This 1986 creature feature spoof featuring (of all people) a very young Paul Walker concludes with the titular and rather sluggish monstrosity frantically searching the Transamerica Pyramid for a closet to hide in.

Well, some people find it funny.

15. “Big Trouble In Little China” (1986)

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Chinatown
San Francisco, CA

This tongue-in-cheek adventure movie about martial arts and mysticism isn’t even kind of scary. But it was directed by horror master John Carpenter, and it does unleash a few gruesome monsters into the Chinatown Streets.

(The fact that a remake is looming makes it even scarier.)

16. ‘Midnight Lace’

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950 Mason St
San Francisco, CA 94108

Hitchcock shot at the Fairmont Hotel for "Vertigo," which made it quite an attractive locale for his many imitators.

These included David Miller, who set up shop here in 1960 for "Midnight Lace," about a woman tormented by a stalker who may or may not really exist. Modern Hollywood bigwigs frequently stay at the Fairmont when in town.

17. ‘The Hearse’

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Hyde St
San Francisco, CA

This now-obscure 1980 haunter starring Joseph Cotton and featuring Trish Van Devere as a woman who inherits a possibly haunted house shot mostly in LA but feature an EXTENSIVE on-location driving sequence in San Francisco, including a well-timed shot of Van Devere driving past the Hyde Street cable car.

This all has nothing to do with the rest of the movie, but director George Bowers seemed very keen to show off views of the city nevertheless.

18. ‘Criminally Insane’

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1924 Pine St
San Francisco, CA 94109

By modern standards, titling a movie Criminally Insane is a little insensitive, but at least it beats this 1975 exploitation slasher’s alternative title: Crazy Fat Ethel.

The current residents of this Western Addition Victorian are probably better off not knowing that the house featured prominently in this bottom-barrel offering from the director of Dracula In Vegas. But in a way this is still a warped claim to fame, as Criminally Insane maintains a following as one of the best horrible movies ever made.

19. ‘The Birds’

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Maiden Ln
San Francisco, CA 94108

Alfred Hitchcock shot most of The Birds in Bodega Bay, but the crucial pet shop scene in the beginning happens on Maiden Lane.

Although the movie is mostly based on a 1952 book, Hitchcock was also inspired by a real incident in 1961 in which thousands of seabirds around Santa Cruz went nuts in the middle of the night and started dive bombing buildings and humans.

20. ‘Interview with the Vampire’

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731 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94103

Chronically depressed vampire Brad Pitt starts out in New Orleans but of course drifts into the City by the Bay sooner or later, narrating his story from a Market Street hotel.

There actually never has been a hotel in this building, but the exterior is still a ringer for the one from the opening of the 1997 film.

21. ‘Raising Cain’

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Legion of Honor
San Francisco, CA 94121

Brian De Palma tried to channel some Hitchcock vibes of his own in this 1992 thriller about murder conspiracies and a doctor fighting his fractured personalities. It was shot mostly on the Peninsula, dubbed the town of "Bay View" in the movie--ha ha. The dream sequence where a statue stabs a woman at the Legion of Honor is really something else.

22. ‘Zodiac’

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901 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94103

The Game and The Social Network director David Fincher also popped into town for his 2007 thriller about the Zodiac murders...but just barely.

Other than some shooting at the San Francisco Chronicle building, most of the city locales were stand-ins or digital creations. That's the problem with Hollywood: It's all an illusion.

23. ‘Invasion of the Body Snatchers’ (1978)

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Civic Center Plaza, McAllister St
San Francisco, CA 94102

This remake with Donald Sutherland and Leonard Nimoy about emotionless alien doppelgangers slowly infiltrating the city is often reckoned a better film than the 1956 original, and certainly the more horrifying of the two.

The harrowing final scene plays out alongside the sycamore trees in Civic Center Plaza, which themselves look rather alien when bare.

24. ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’

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Harrison St & 7th St
San Francisco, CA 94103

It may be the ultimate Halloween movie, and one of the rare films shot 100 percent in San Francisco.

Director Henry Selick did the entire thing at Skellington Studios, an unmarked warehouse on Seventh Street that served as everything from sound stages to creature shop. That means we can say something no other city can: This really is Halloween Town.

25. ‘Vertigo’

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338 Buena Vista Ave E
San Francisco, CA 94117

Maybe no San Francisco movie so excites film buffs as Vertigo.

The Buena Vista building is supposedly a sanitarium in the film, but actually it's a rather lovely residential building full of very expensive condos for truly devoted fans who want the ultimate piece of Hitchcock memorabilia.

26. ‘All About Evil’

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2961 16th St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 863-7576
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Local drag connoisseur of all things in tastefully bad taste Peaches Christ wrote and directed this 2010 gore satire set mostly at the Victoria and chronicling a descent from moviemaking into madness. It’s not hard to catch the film’s open admiration for fellow SF camp champ John Waters.

27. ‘Pacific Heights’

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Potrero Hill
San Francisco, CA

Roger Ebert declared this 1990 thriller a “horror movie for yuppies,” in which an unhinged Michael Keaton menaces a well-to-do couple. Despite the film’s title, the centerpiece home used for shooting was actually located in Potrero Hill.

28. ‘Phantasm’

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2960 Peralta Oaks Ct
Oakland, CA 94605

This surreal 1979 nightmare about a sinister undertaker raising the dead is one of the strangest cult films ever made, noted for its dreamlike cinematography and shocking (but bizarre) but violence.

The beautiful, historic Dunsmuir House in Oakland served for the movie’s creepy funeral home.

29. ‘Burnt Offerings’

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2960 Peralta Oaks Ct
Oakland, CA 94605
(510) 615-5555
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And that was not the Dunsmuir Estate’s only contribution to horror history; three years earlier the house made its film debut in Burnt Offerings, about a dream home that drives its occupants to murder.

30. ‘The Game’

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Zoo Rd
San Francisco, CA 94132

A psychological thriller in which one percenter Michael Douglas signs up for a mysterious, flash mob-like game, only to start suspecting it's a plot against him. The use of the zoo as the setting for one late scene calls into question whether Douglas has turned the tables on his tormentors or is himself still trapped.

31. ‘It Came From Beneath the Sea’

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Hunters Point
San Francisco, CA

A giant, radioactive octopus menacing the waterfront, the Ferry Building, and the Golden Gate Bridge sounds like it would be one of the greatest movies ever made. In truth, this 1955 creature feature is pretty dull, but at least legendary chime monster maker Ray Harryhausen's octopus looks cool.

32. ‘Experiment in Terror’

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Candlestick Park
San Francisco, CA 94124

The 1962 thriller about a woman blackmailed into a daring robbery by a creepy, mysterious man identified only by his heavy breathing features a tense standoff at then-new Candlestick Park, and even a shootout on the pitcher's mound. The ballpark appeared little different than it did in its last days before demolition.

33. ‘The Dead Pit’

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4000 Lafayette St
Santa Clara, CA 95054

This straight-to-VHS schlockfest by the director of Virtuosity and The Lawnmower Man about a demonic brain surgeon turning patients into zombies shot almost entirely at the site of Agnews Developmental Center in Santa Clara, a real circa 1885 mental hospital that’s since been demolished.

34. ‘Winchester’

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525 S Winchester Blvd
San Jose, CA 95128
(408) 247-2101
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It’s surprising that it took so long for someone to shoot a horror movie on location in the Bay Area’s most famous allegedly haunted house.

This 2018 haunter from Australian fillmmakers the Spierig brothers starred Oscar winner Helen Mirren as the widow Wichester in a house full of ghosts. Despite the pedigree, the movie mostly shot blanks, but it did scare up quite a box office profit nevertheless.

35. ‘The Lost Boys’

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400 Beach St
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 423-5590
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Possibly no major Hollywood director’s movies age as poorly as Joel Schumacher, but this 1987 camp vampire fest is the big exception, getting only more delicious every year.

Set in the fictional city of Santa Carla (with all its damn vampires), Schumacher actually shot in Santa Cruz, including gauzy carnival scenes at the Boardwalk, which often hosts screenings of the film.

36. ‘Us’

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108 Beach St
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 420-5270
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Jordan Peele won an Oscar for his groundbreaking horror-drama Get Out in 2018, then followed it up almost immediately with this shocking Santa Cruz scarefest about homicidal doppelgangers.

The beach funhouse where the most critical scenes play out isn’t real, but if someone doesn’t open a facsimile on location it’ll be a real missed opportunity.

1. ‘Shadow of a Doubt’

1130 Airport Blvd, Santa Rosa, CA 95403

Rather than Psycho, Vertigo, or The Birds, Alfred Hitchcock declared 1943’s Shadow of a Doubt his favorite of his own films.

The “small town” Santa Rosa setting was crucial to that appeal, as Hitch relished the idea of introducing a ruthless serial killer into what he imagined to be an idyllic and unassuming Northern California community.

1130 Airport Blvd
Santa Rosa, CA 95403

2. ‘Scream’

Sonoma Mountain Rd, Santa Rosa, CA

This surprise 1996 hit banked over $170 million and resurrected the then-moribund slasher genre.

Director Wes Craven shot all over Sonoma County, and the movie’s shocking opening scene with Drew Barrymore menaced by a voyeuristic killer with a cell phone (a creative touch at the time) took place in a house just southeast of the city.

Sonoma Mountain Rd
Santa Rosa, CA

3. ‘Twixt’

Napa, CA

All-time auteur Francis Ford Coppola shot this 2011 vampire thriller around his own North Bay properties, and cast some local theater talent in supporting roles as well.

The movie was supposed to be an experimental piece in which most scenes would play in a different order every time the movie screened, but this gimmick never really happened, the final film is deeply confused, and Coppola sadly hasn’t directed anything since. At least star Val Kilmer seems to be having fun.

4. ‘Cujo’

Petaluma, CA

Petaluma‘s filmmaking history includes luminary films like American Graffiti, but this Stephen King thriller in which a killer mad dog menaces ET star Dee Wallace is possibly the town’s most unforgettable cinematic contribution.

5. ‘The Fog’

Lighthouse Visitor Center, 27000 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Inverness, CA 94937

By rights any movie called The Fog ought to be obligated to shoot in San Francisco. But John Carpenter couldn’t find a suitably remote and nautically oriented city locale for his 1980 ghost pirate tale, so Bodega Bay netted the honors.

Lighthouse Visitor Center, 27000 Sir Francis Drake Blvd
Inverness, CA 94937

6. ‘Sphere’

SS Jeremiah O'Brien, San Francisco, CA 94133

This weird sci-fi thriller based on a Michael Crichton book isolates its cast on an ocean floor lab with an alien presence.

Hollywood came looking for closed naval bases and shot most of the movie at Mare Island in Vallejo, but climbed aboard our own SS Jeremiah O'Brien for a few shots too, since movies set at sea generally demand at least one ship.

SS Jeremiah O'Brien
San Francisco, CA 94133

7. ‘Predator 2’

339 19th St, Oakland, CA 94612

This 1990 sequel about an alien big game hunter loose in the big city is set in Los Angeles and relies heavily on its LA atmosphere. Why the project chose to shoot a subway scene on a BART train is anybody’s guess, but the vehicle is distinctive to any Bay Area commuter.

339 19th St
Oakland, CA 94612

8. ‘The Chilling’

Oakland, CA

This 1989 cold fish featuring Linda Blair and zombies menacing a cryogenics lab on Halloween night (also released as The Thawing) is set in Kansas City but lists several East Bay locales in its credits, including Oakland.

The Town probably could have done without this one in its ouvre, but you don’t get to pick your laurels.

9. ‘The House on Telegraph Hill’

1541 Montgomery St, San Francisco, CA 94133

This 1951 murder mystery looked high and higher still for the most dramatic hilltop location in town.

Most of the movie shot on a stage in LA, but there really was a house on Telegraph Hill, and it's still there: the noted Julius Castle restaurant on Montgomery, presently mired in a fight with neighbors over its bid to reopen.

You wouldn't recognize the locale from the movie, though, because filmmakers erected a Victorian facade around the real thing.

1541 Montgomery St
San Francisco, CA 94133

10. ‘Stigmata’

Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA 94123

Being an exorcism movie of sorts, the 1999 flop Stigmata necessarily includes a trip to Rome. But it's not really Vatican City you're seeing, it's the Palace of Fine Arts, and every monk and nun in the streets was an extra from San Francisco.

Palace of Fine Arts
San Francisco, CA 94123

11. ‘Attack of the Killer Tomatoes’

Hyde St & Vallejo St, San Francisco, CA 94109

Yeah, not many scares in this 1978 spoof, which lampoons countless truly scary movies, including The Birds.

Though mostly shot in San Diego, filmmakers did fly in for a scene of a tomato monster menacing the Hyde Street cable car.

Hyde St & Vallejo St
San Francisco, CA 94109

12. ‘Sudden Fear’

2800 Scott St, San Francisco, CA 94123

David MIller’s 1952 Sudden Fear, in which Joan Crawford suspects that her husband is plotting to murder her, shows off Pac Heights and Cow Hollow in all of their glory.

Crawford's character even lived in the palatial 2800 Scott Street, right next door to the city's longtime most expensive home for sale.

2800 Scott St
San Francisco, CA 94123

13. ‘Godzilla’ (2014)

Transamerica Pyramid, 600 Montgomery St, San Francisco, CA 94111

The Transamerica Pyramid (which was notably not destroyed in the film) provides handy scale for this Americanized king of monsters outing: Godzilla's size has varied with the years, but he was about 350 feet tall this time around.

The 2019 sequel didn’t bother to return to town, but that’s probably for the best given how it turned out.

Transamerica Pyramid, 600 Montgomery St
San Francisco, CA 94111

14. ‘Monster In the Closet’

Transamerica Pyramid, 600 Montgomery St, San Francisco, CA 94111

This 1986 creature feature spoof featuring (of all people) a very young Paul Walker concludes with the titular and rather sluggish monstrosity frantically searching the Transamerica Pyramid for a closet to hide in.

Well, some people find it funny.

Transamerica Pyramid, 600 Montgomery St
San Francisco, CA 94111

15. “Big Trouble In Little China” (1986)

Chinatown, San Francisco, CA

This tongue-in-cheek adventure movie about martial arts and mysticism isn’t even kind of scary. But it was directed by horror master John Carpenter, and it does unleash a few gruesome monsters into the Chinatown Streets.

(The fact that a remake is looming makes it even scarier.)

Chinatown
San Francisco, CA

16. ‘Midnight Lace’

950 Mason St, San Francisco, CA 94108

Hitchcock shot at the Fairmont Hotel for "Vertigo," which made it quite an attractive locale for his many imitators.

These included David Miller, who set up shop here in 1960 for "Midnight Lace," about a woman tormented by a stalker who may or may not really exist. Modern Hollywood bigwigs frequently stay at the Fairmont when in town.

950 Mason St
San Francisco, CA 94108

17. ‘The Hearse’

Hyde St, San Francisco, CA

This now-obscure 1980 haunter starring Joseph Cotton and featuring Trish Van Devere as a woman who inherits a possibly haunted house shot mostly in LA but feature an EXTENSIVE on-location driving sequence in San Francisco, including a well-timed shot of Van Devere driving past the Hyde Street cable car.

This all has nothing to do with the rest of the movie, but director George Bowers seemed very keen to show off views of the city nevertheless.

Hyde St
San Francisco, CA

18. ‘Criminally Insane’

1924 Pine St, San Francisco, CA 94109

By modern standards, titling a movie Criminally Insane is a little insensitive, but at least it beats this 1975 exploitation slasher’s alternative title: Crazy Fat Ethel.

The current residents of this Western Addition Victorian are probably better off not knowing that the house featured prominently in this bottom-barrel offering from the director of Dracula In Vegas. But in a way this is still a warped claim to fame, as Criminally Insane maintains a following as one of the best horrible movies ever made.

1924 Pine St
San Francisco, CA 94109

19. ‘The Birds’

Maiden Ln, San Francisco, CA 94108

Alfred Hitchcock shot most of The Birds in Bodega Bay, but the crucial pet shop scene in the beginning happens on Maiden Lane.

Although the movie is mostly based on a 1952 book, Hitchcock was also inspired by a real incident in 1961 in which thousands of seabirds around Santa Cruz went nuts in the middle of the night and started dive bombing buildings and humans.

Maiden Ln
San Francisco, CA 94108

20. ‘Interview with the Vampire’

731 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Chronically depressed vampire Brad Pitt starts out in New Orleans but of course drifts into the City by the Bay sooner or later, narrating his story from a Market Street hotel.

There actually never has been a hotel in this building, but the exterior is still a ringer for the one from the opening of the 1997 film.

731 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94103

21. ‘Raising Cain’

Legion of Honor, San Francisco, CA 94121

Brian De Palma tried to channel some Hitchcock vibes of his own in this 1992 thriller about murder conspiracies and a doctor fighting his fractured personalities. It was shot mostly on the Peninsula, dubbed the town of "Bay View" in the movie--ha ha. The dream sequence where a statue stabs a woman at the Legion of Honor is really something else.

Legion of Honor
San Francisco, CA 94121

22. ‘Zodiac’

901 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94103

The Game and The Social Network director David Fincher also popped into town for his 2007 thriller about the Zodiac murders...but just barely.

Other than some shooting at the San Francisco Chronicle building, most of the city locales were stand-ins or digital creations. That's the problem with Hollywood: It's all an illusion.

901 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94103

23. ‘Invasion of the Body Snatchers’ (1978)

Civic Center Plaza, McAllister St, San Francisco, CA 94102

This remake with Donald Sutherland and Leonard Nimoy about emotionless alien doppelgangers slowly infiltrating the city is often reckoned a better film than the 1956 original, and certainly the more horrifying of the two.

The harrowing final scene plays out alongside the sycamore trees in Civic Center Plaza, which themselves look rather alien when bare.

Civic Center Plaza, McAllister St
San Francisco, CA 94102

24. ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’

Harrison St & 7th St, San Francisco, CA 94103

It may be the ultimate Halloween movie, and one of the rare films shot 100 percent in San Francisco.

Director Henry Selick did the entire thing at Skellington Studios, an unmarked warehouse on Seventh Street that served as everything from sound stages to creature shop. That means we can say something no other city can: This really is Halloween Town.

Harrison St & 7th St
San Francisco, CA 94103

25. ‘Vertigo’

338 Buena Vista Ave E, San Francisco, CA 94117

Maybe no San Francisco movie so excites film buffs as Vertigo.

The Buena Vista building is supposedly a sanitarium in the film, but actually it's a rather lovely residential building full of very expensive condos for truly devoted fans who want the ultimate piece of Hitchcock memorabilia.

338 Buena Vista Ave E
San Francisco, CA 94117

26. ‘All About Evil’

2961 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Local drag connoisseur of all things in tastefully bad taste Peaches Christ wrote and directed this 2010 gore satire set mostly at the Victoria and chronicling a descent from moviemaking into madness. It’s not hard to catch the film’s open admiration for fellow SF camp champ John Waters.

2961 16th St
San Francisco, CA 94103

27. ‘Pacific Heights’

Potrero Hill, San Francisco, CA

Roger Ebert declared this 1990 thriller a “horror movie for yuppies,” in which an unhinged Michael Keaton menaces a well-to-do couple. Despite the film’s title, the centerpiece home used for shooting was actually located in Potrero Hill.

Potrero Hill
San Francisco, CA

28. ‘Phantasm’

2960 Peralta Oaks Ct, Oakland, CA 94605

This surreal 1979 nightmare about a sinister undertaker raising the dead is one of the strangest cult films ever made, noted for its dreamlike cinematography and shocking (but bizarre) but violence.

The beautiful, historic Dunsmuir House in Oakland served for the movie’s creepy funeral home.

2960 Peralta Oaks Ct
Oakland, CA 94605

29. ‘Burnt Offerings’

2960 Peralta Oaks Ct, Oakland, CA 94605

And that was not the Dunsmuir Estate’s only contribution to horror history; three years earlier the house made its film debut in Burnt Offerings, about a dream home that drives its occupants to murder.

2960 Peralta Oaks Ct
Oakland, CA 94605

30. ‘The Game’

Zoo Rd, San Francisco, CA 94132

A psychological thriller in which one percenter Michael Douglas signs up for a mysterious, flash mob-like game, only to start suspecting it's a plot against him. The use of the zoo as the setting for one late scene calls into question whether Douglas has turned the tables on his tormentors or is himself still trapped.

Zoo Rd
San Francisco, CA 94132

31. ‘It Came From Beneath the Sea’

Hunters Point, San Francisco, CA

A giant, radioactive octopus menacing the waterfront, the Ferry Building, and the Golden Gate Bridge sounds like it would be one of the greatest movies ever made. In truth, this 1955 creature feature is pretty dull, but at least legendary chime monster maker Ray Harryhausen's octopus looks cool.

Hunters Point
San Francisco, CA

32. ‘Experiment in Terror’

Candlestick Park, San Francisco, CA 94124

The 1962 thriller about a woman blackmailed into a daring robbery by a creepy, mysterious man identified only by his heavy breathing features a tense standoff at then-new Candlestick Park, and even a shootout on the pitcher's mound. The ballpark appeared little different than it did in its last days before demolition.

Candlestick Park
San Francisco, CA 94124

33. ‘The Dead Pit’

4000 Lafayette St, Santa Clara, CA 95054

This straight-to-VHS schlockfest by the director of Virtuosity and The Lawnmower Man about a demonic brain surgeon turning patients into zombies shot almost entirely at the site of Agnews Developmental Center in Santa Clara, a real circa 1885 mental hospital that’s since been demolished.

4000 Lafayette St
Santa Clara, CA 95054

34. ‘Winchester’

525 S Winchester Blvd, San Jose, CA 95128

It’s surprising that it took so long for someone to shoot a horror movie on location in the Bay Area’s most famous allegedly haunted house.

This 2018 haunter from Australian fillmmakers the Spierig brothers starred Oscar winner Helen Mirren as the widow Wichester in a house full of ghosts. Despite the pedigree, the movie mostly shot blanks, but it did scare up quite a box office profit nevertheless.

525 S Winchester Blvd
San Jose, CA 95128

35. ‘The Lost Boys’

400 Beach St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Possibly no major Hollywood director’s movies age as poorly as Joel Schumacher, but this 1987 camp vampire fest is the big exception, getting only more delicious every year.

Set in the fictional city of Santa Carla (with all its damn vampires), Schumacher actually shot in Santa Cruz, including gauzy carnival scenes at the Boardwalk, which often hosts screenings of the film.

400 Beach St
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

36. ‘Us’

108 Beach St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Jordan Peele won an Oscar for his groundbreaking horror-drama Get Out in 2018, then followed it up almost immediately with this shocking Santa Cruz scarefest about homicidal doppelgangers.

The beach funhouse where the most critical scenes play out isn’t real, but if someone doesn’t open a facsimile on location it’ll be a real missed opportunity.

108 Beach St
Santa Cruz, CA 95060