WHILE most horror movies today are filmed on a movie set, the iconic original Halloween movie sees Jamie Lee Curies stalked by Mike Myers inside a real horror house, and a superfan has made a real-life replica of it.
The Hillsborough, North Carolina, replica is the actual personal residence of horror fan Kenny Caperton, who grew up obsessed with all things spooky.
Caperton's ultimate favorite fictional serial killer, however, was Michael Myers, and the 1978 classic has always been his favorite movie, according to the replica house's website.
When the horror fan was house hunting at age 26 in 2008, he took a trip to see the real Myers House in South Pasadena, California, and was inspired to make his very own.
This proved to be a difficult mission, as Caperton did not have any of the blueprints for the original house, not to mention any land to his name.
But he was determined to build his dream custom house, and ended up designing the layout and floor plan of the house himself on a sheet of paper, and finding an architect to make it come to life, as well as piece of land and a builder willing to sign up for such a project.
After getting financing and the Myers house was finished in nearly a year and a half, in March 2009.
However, while the exterior of the home was designed to resemble the original as much as possible, the interior of the original home built in 1888 was not ideal for a modern personal residence, as it lacked basic necessities such as bathrooms and a kitchen.
Additionally, while the original home has four small bedrooms, Caperton's version has a few bathrooms, bigger bedrooms, a laundry room and a few other alterations.
Still, Myer's sister Judith's bedroom, the hallways, staircase, and the basic locations of the kitchen, dining room, and living room are in the same places as in the movie.
Moreover, while the original house was in a suburban neighborhood setting, the replica was built on over five acres of old farmland out in the country.
As for the decorations inside the replica home, Caperton chose to go with a more of a rustic farmhouse inspired look instead of the 70s look of the original.
But, of course, the house is still filled with vintage Halloween decorations and Horror movie memorabilia.
While the original Spookhouse looked exactly as it did when Brian Andrews and Jamie Lee Curtis take different routes to school to put the key under the house's mat, the film's crew, had to fix it up and whitewash the front and bottom right-hand side in order to film the opening scene where little Mike Myers murders his older sister Judith in the upstairs bedroom.
Built in 1888, the original house made famous by murderous Mike Myers was recognized by South Pasadena as possibly the city's oldest surviving frame residence, according to the Myers House website.
Historians consider it to be the city's first duplex, mixing architectural styles, with some Midwestern Greek revival and salt box characteristics, as well as Eastlake elements like the gable ornaments.
It was set to be demolished in 1987 and replaced by a hospital, but it was salvaged and moved from its original location at 709 Meridian Avenue to its current address at 1000 Mission Street.
Current owner David Margrave stopped the house's demolition just as it was about to start, before asking former owner Dr. Joseph Kohn if he could purchase it with a silver dollar.
Margrave also had to promise Dr. Kohn that he would move the house within one week.
Having no property to put the house in, Margrave transported the old structure onto a nearby railroad property.
While he had no permission from the city to relocate the house to this property, the house remains there today because the city recognized "The Century House's" historical worth and allowed it to stay.
A part of the house placed in the back for the filming of Halloween had to be removed because of this relocation, but everything else looks exactly as it did when the original movie was filmed.
Today the house serves as the location for several local business, so some changes were made to the interior or various rooms as well as to the exterior, which was given a facelift and painted light blue with red trim.
Those who want to check out the original Mike Myers house can do so by getting off the train at the "Mission Station" stop in South Pasadena.
Unfortunately the interior of the home is mostly off-limits, as the business owners who work inside don't enjoy being bothered by Halloween fans while they work.
Halloween Kills, starring Jamie Lee Curtis, is slated to arrive in theaters in October of 2021.
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