There's nothing like a good scare to put you in the mood for Halloween, and few things do the job better than watching a classic horror film. Murderous plots and villains can be the stuff of nightmares, but visiting eerie horror movie locations in person will steal the show. From crumbling graveyards to miles and miles of deserted landscapes, visiting the filming locations of your favorite horror films can be an educational and recreational endeavor. Pack up the car and your camera, and head for an iconic horror movie location near you.

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01Bangor, Maine: the King of Horror's Muse

Stephen King is one of the most well-known horror writers of all time. The small town of Bangor, Maine, is hugely inspirational in his writing, but you'll have to visit to see why. Fans of the 1995 thriller "The Langoliers" will recognize the Bangor Airport terminal and runway from the film's climax. If that doesn't give you goosebumps, a visit to The Mount Hope Cemetery on State Street will. The graveyard is a significant location in "Pet Sematary," where King makes a quick cameo presiding over a funeral. Stroll the grounds before driving by King's house for some selfies.

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