What Scary Movie Was Filmed in Ohio?

If you’re a fan of horror movies, you might be curious about which scary movie was filmed in Ohio. The answer might surprise you! In fact, there are several horror movies that were filmed in the Buckeye State.

“The Silence of the Lambs”

One of the most well-known horror movies filmed in Ohio is “The Silence of the Lambs.” This movie was released in 1991 and directed by Jonathan Demme. It starred Jodie Foster as Clarice Starling, an FBI trainee who is tasked with interviewing a notorious serial killer named Hannibal Lecter (played by Anthony Hopkins) to help catch another serial killer.

The Ohio Filming Locations

Several scenes from the movie were filmed in Ohio, including:

  • The abandoned West Virginia State Penitentiary in Moundsville, West Virginia (which is located just across the Ohio River from Ohio) was used for exterior shots of the prison where Lecter was held.
  • The Federal Bureau of Investigation Academy in Quantico, Virginia was used for exterior shots and some interior scenes.
  • The Heinz Chapel at the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania was used for a scene where Starling attends church.
  • Finally, several scenes were actually filmed in Cincinnati – including one memorable scene where Clarice interviews Dr. Frederick Chilton at what is supposed to be the Baltimore State Hospital for the Criminally Insane. This scene was actually filmed at the Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal.

“A Nightmare on Elm Street”

Another classic horror movie that was partially filmed in Ohio is “A Nightmare on Elm Street.” This movie was released in 1984 and directed by Wes Craven. It starred Heather Langenkamp as Nancy Thompson, a teenage girl who is stalked and terrorized in her dreams by the infamous Freddy Krueger (played by Robert Englund).

While most of the movie was filmed in California, some scenes were actually filmed in Ohio – specifically in the town of Piqua, which is located about 20 miles north of Dayton. The Piqua High School was used for several exterior shots of the fictional Springwood High School, where Nancy and her friends attend classes.

“The Dead Matter”

Finally, another horror movie that was filmed entirely in Ohio is “The Dead Matter.” This movie was released in 2010 and directed by Edward Douglas. It starred Andrew Divoff as a vampire lord who seeks to obtain a powerful amulet that can control the dead.

“The Dead Matter” was filmed entirely in Northeast Ohio – specifically in Cleveland and Akron. Some of the filming locations included:

  • The historic Lake View Cemetery in Cleveland
  • The Akron Civic Theatre
  • The Cleveland Museum of Natural History
  • Several local bars and restaurants

In conclusion, while Ohio might not be as well-known for its horror movies as other states like California or New York, there have been several scary movies filmed right here in the Buckeye State!