We are deep into spooky season, people! So you might as well get even more in the mood with some delightfully scary movies, right? What’s a better way to do that then by watching some of the spookiest movies filmed in Seattle and the PNW. Because it just so turns out there’s a fair amount.

Here are 11 of the best horror movies made in and around Seattle.

The Ring

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We’re talking about the 2002 remake starring Naomi Watts that scared the hell out of us as youngsters (and still holds up). Washington just so happens to be the perfect place to film this  spooky film. Because water (and a grey, washed-out tone) play a huge role and you know we just so happen to have a ton of that.

The Changeling

This is a film we don’t hear much about anymore but trust us, it’s a good one. In fact, it’s one of the all-time classic ghost stories. Although the majority of the film was shot up north in Vancouver and Victoria, BC, there are plenty of Seattle sites included like the Stimson-Green mansion on First Hill.  So you know, you can go check it out if you end up getting really invested.

Lovers Lane

If you’re into slasher flicks with lots of drama you don’t want to miss out on this 1990’s classic. It was filmed around Redmond, Issaquah, Fall City, and North Bend. So you’ll get some of those classic PNW, Twin Peaks esc vibes and if you’re on the east side, you might just recognize a few spots.

The Hand That Rocks The Cradle

This Tacoma based thriller is all about a psycho nanny (every parents worst nightmare right?). While it’s good and spooky we’ll warn you that this movie has some pretty dark themes so be prepared if you plan on watching. That being said, it’s a great 1990s horror flick and of course, it features our favorite Southern Washington city, Tacoma.

The Stranger Beside Me

Interested in true crime? Well, this film details the experience of Anne Rule and Ted Bundy. It’s a chance to learn a little bit more about one of our states most famed serial killers. After all, sometimes real life is scarier than fiction.

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The Vanishing

This 1993 film has a star cast featuring both Sandra Bullock and Jeff Bridges. Not to mention, it’s a pretty wrenching psychological thriller that takes place in Seattle and greater Washington state. You’ll get to see local spots like the Seattle Yacht Club, Sur La Table, and more.

The Night Strangler

This 1973 film is the oldest one to grace the list but it’s still worth checking out. After all, you’ll get to see some pretty great sets and costumes. And it’s about a reporter checking out a series of murders in Seattle so you get plenty of great local shots. Plus you can watch the whole thing on Youtube.

Twin Peaks and Fire Walk With Me

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You know this list wouldn’t be complete without the ultimate PNW series. While this show isn’t exactly horror it definitely explores some very otherworldly themes. So if you haven’t watched this show we recommend getting started. Of course, throw the film Fire Walk With Me on the watch list as well.

Rose Red


It’s hard to go wrong with Stephen King. And this film centers around a very spooky haunted mansion which just so happens to be Thornewood Castle in Lakewood. As an early 2000s film, it’s full of some pretty fun special effects. That means you’ll get at least a few laughs in while being spooked.

Fear

How could you say no to watching young Mark Whalberg? This film just so happens to be the one that launched him into stardom so you’ll get to see him before all the fame. He plays a psycho hunk who Reese Witherspoon just so happens to fall for. Dreamy…

Looks like you have plenty of flicks to watch in the coming weeks. We hope that you enjoy these horror movies made in Seattle and be sure to let us know which is your favorite. Happy spooky season folks!