13 Movies With Spooky Production Design

by David Viramontes

A big part of what makes for a good fright is settling into the time and place of a particular story. From early horror works like “Nosferatu” to classic movies such as “Dracula” and “Frankenstein,” the realms that cinema’s scariest creatures inhabit all feel specific and full of life — even of the undead variety.

Haunted castles, abandoned hotels and stately manors are par for the course for horror movie fans, but finding luxurious worlds to dive into makes for the best nighttime viewing. The gothic styling of Guillermo del Toro’s fantasy films and the grotesque surreality of Tim Burton’s stop-motion oeuvre both pull viewers into their cinematic domain.

The opulence of vampire stories, the baroque design…

  • Dracula

    1

  • Crimson Peak

    2

  • Dracula

    3

  • Frankenstein

    4

  • Pan's Labyrinth

    5

  • The Innocents

    6

  • The Phantom of the Opera

    7

  • The Shining

    8

  • Suspiria

    9

  • The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

    10

  • What We Do in the Shadows

    11

  • The Nightmare Before Christmas

    12

  • Nosferatu

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