What the hell is The Clown Motel you’re asking? Oh, it’s just a motel filled with painted nightmares located next to an abandoned cemetery. The hotel has added to its title of “World Famous” to “America’s Scariest.”
Think of Stephen King’s IT and Pet Semetery combined into one real-life horror story. Let me tell you something, and take heed if you have a crippling fear of clowns- If you’re driving through Nevada late at night, and you come across this hotel, sleep in the damn car. You will have nightmares for the rest of your life. The Clown Motel sits in the middle of the Nevada desert between Las Vegas and Reno in the small town of Tonopah.
From the moment you step into the office, you are greeted by a life-size clown sitting in a chair; along with dozens of other little devils with makeup on their faces. The entire office is covered in them. , Furthermore, if that isn’t enough to scare you away, the rooms are all clown-themed as well. Dawning vertical striped walls and portraits of famous clowns such as Bozo and Pagliacci; Because everyone wants that staring at them when they go to sleep.
But if that isn’t enough to creep you out, literally just feet away from the daunting brightly lit clown sign is an abandoned cemetery right in the backyard, full of aged tombstones and broken wood.
Nice view from your window. The graveyard was shut down in 1911. The cemetery is full of early-century gold miners who died from the plague. It has been reported on Yelp by a few reviewers that they have come across the occasional pick ax while exploring around.
The Clown Motel is so famous that an independent film was inspired by its lore and even filmed on location there in 2019.
Furthermore, there are eyewitness paranormal stories that surround some of the rooms at the Motel, so be sure to book wisely.
Are you foolish enough to stay a night here? If you dare, make sure to call in advance and make a reservation because they are apparently usually booked up. The rooms are priced from $85 to $150. If you do manage to stumble across this gem of a place in the middle of nowhere and decide to stay, here’s a little video from the motel’s owner Bob Pancetti talking about his nightmare factory …. Sweet Dreams you brave soul.
[This article has been updated and edited; August 29, 2023]
Netflix Doc ‘Devil on Trial’ Explores The Paranormal Claims of ‘Conjuring 3’ [Trailer]
What is it about Lorraine Warren and her constant row with the devil? We may find out in the new Netflix documentary called The Devil on Trial which will premiere on October 17, or at least we will see why she chose to take on this case.
Back in 2021, everyone was holed up in their homes, and anyone with an HBO Max subscription could stream “Conjuring 3” day and date. It got mixed reviews, maybe because this wasn’t an ordinary haunted house tale that the Conjuring universe is known for. It was more of a crime procedural than a paranormal investigative one.
As with all of the Warren-based Conjuring movies, The Devil Made Me Do It was based on “a true story,” and Netflix is taking that claim to task with The Devil on Trial. The Netflix e-zine Tudum explains the backstory:
“Often referred to as the ‘Devil Made Me Do It’ case, the trial of 19-year-old Arne Cheyenne Johnson quickly became the subject of lore and fascination after it made national news in 1981. Johnson claimed that he murdered his 40-year-old landlord, Alan Bono, while under the influence of demonic forces. The brutal killing in Connecticut drew the attention of self-professed demonologists and paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, known for their probe into the infamous haunting in Amityville, Long Island, several years prior. The Devil on Trial recounts the troubling events leading up to Bono’s murder, the trial, and the aftermath, using firsthand accounts of the people closest to the case, including Johnson.”
Then there’s the logline: The Devil on Trial explores the first — and only — time “demonic possession” has officially been used as a defense in a US murder trial. Including firsthand accounts of alleged devil possession and shocking murder, this extraordinary story forces reflection on our fear of the unknown.
If anything, this companion to the original film might shed some light on just how accurate these “true story” Conjuring films are and how much is just a writer’s imagination.
Then & Now: 11 Horror Movie Locations and How They Look Today
Ever heard a director say that they wanted a filming location to be a “character in the movie?” It kind of sounds ridiculous if you think about it, but think about it, how many times do you remember a scene in a film based on where it takes place? That is of course the work of great location scouts and cinematographers.
These places are frozen time thanks to filmmakers, they never change on film. But they do in real life. We found a great article by Shelley Thompson at Joe’s Feed Entertainment that is basically a photo dump of memorable movie locations that show what they look like today.
We have listed 11 here, but if you want to check out the over 40 different side-by-sides, head over to that page for a browse.
The poor Freelings, what a night! After their house is repossessed by the souls who lived there first, the family must get some rest. They decide to check into a Holiday Inn for the night and don’t care if it has free HBO because the TV is banished to the balcony anyway.
Today that hotel is called the Ontario Airport Inn located in Ontario, CA. you can even see it on Google Street View.
Like the above Freelings, the Grahams are battling their own demons in Ari Aster’s Hereditary. We leave the below shot to be described in Gen Z speak: IYKYK.
The Entity (1982)
Families battling the paranormal is a common theme in these last few photos, but this one is disturbing in other ways. Mother Carla Moran and her two children are terrorized by an evil spirit. Carla gets assaulted the most, in ways we can’t describe here. This film is loosely based on the true story of a family living in Southern California. The movie house is located at 523 Sheldon Street, El Segundo, California.
The Exorcist (1973)
The original mainstream possession movie still holds up today even if the location exteriors don’t. William Friedkin’s masterpiece was shot in Georgetown, DC. Some of the house’s exteriors were altered for the movie with a clever set designer, but for the most part, it is still recognizable. Even the infamous stairs are close by.
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
The late horror master Wes Craven knew how to frame the perfect shot. Take for instance the Evergreen Memorial Park & Crematory and Ivy Chapel in Los Angeles where, in the movie, stars Heather Langenkamp and Ronee Blakley descend its steps. Today, the exterior remains pretty much as it did nearly 40 years ago.
Terrifying for its time, the original Frankenstein remains the seminal monster movie. This scene in particular was both moving and terrifying. This controversial scene was shot at Malibu Lake in California.
Way before Hostel was considered too gruesome and dark, there was Se7ven. With its gritty locations and over-the-top gore, the film set a standard for horror movies that came after it, especially Saw (2004). Although the film alluded to being set in New York City, this alleyway is really in Los Angeles.
Final Destination 2 (2003)
Although everyone remembers the logging truck stunt, you might also remember this scene from Final Destination 2. This building is actually the Riverview Hospital in Vancouver, British Columbia. It is such a popular location, that it was also used in the next movie on this list.
The Butterfly Effect (2004)
This underrated shocker never gets the respect it deserves. It is always tricky to make a time travel film, but Butterfly Effect manages to be just disturbing enough to ignore some of its continuity errors.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning (2006)
This Leatherface origin story was a lot. But it kept tempo with the franchise reboot that came before it. Here we get a glimpse of the backcountry where the story is set, which actually is in Texas: Lund Road in Elgin, Texas, to be exact.
The Ring (2002)
We can’t seem to get away from families stalked by supernatural forces on this list. Here single mother Rachel (Naomi Watts) watches a cursed videotape and inadvertently starts a countdown clock to her death. Seven days. This location is in Dungeness Landing, Sequim, WA.
This is only a partial list of what Shelley Thompson did over at Joe’s Feed Entertainment. So head over there to see other filming locations from past to present.
‘Living For The Dead’ Trailer Scares Up Queer Paranormal Pride
With all the ghost-hunting reality content available from Discovery+, Hulu is stepping up the genre with their take called Living for the Dead in which a team of five queer paranormal investigators travel to different haunted locations to raise the spirits of both the living and the dead.
The show at first appears to be a run-of-the-mill ghost-hunting procedural, but the twist is that these researchers also help the living cope with their hauntings. That kind of tracks since this show is from the same producers as Netflix’s Queer Eye, another reality show where the hosts help people find peace and acceptance.
But what this show has that Queer Eye doesn’t is an “A” list celebrity producer. Kristen Stewart plays the showrunner here, and she says the concept originally was meant as a gag.
“It’s so cool and enlivening that me and my best friend CJ Romero had this funny idea and now it’s a show,” says Stewart in a press release. “It started as a bit of a hypothetical silly pipe dream and now I am so proud to have shepherded something that is as moving and meaningful as it is truly a gay old time. Our cast makes me laugh and cry and they had the courage and heart to take us places I wouldn’t go by myself. And it’s a super cool maiden voyage for the company I’ve started with my partners Dylan Meyer and Maggie McLean. This is just the beginning for us and for ‘Living for the Dead.’ We wanna one day have traipsed across the entire spooky ass country. Maybe the world!”
Living for the Dead,” a Huluween original docuseries, premieres all eight episodes on Hulu Wednesday, October 18.