The 7 Best Horror Movies Set in New York City

Step away from the peephole!

  • Step away from the peephole!

It’s that time of year again, when we all want nothing more than to get a good scare and hide under the covers, sure that if we let nothing more than the whites of our eyes show, they won’t be able to get us. Who are “they”? I don’t know! But “they” are everywhere and “they” are scary! And doesn’t everyone want to be scared? So that we can all know we’re ALIVE? Yes!

But isn’t part of the pleasure of being scared related to how realistic those frights actually are? And one of the problems with horror movies is that they frequently take place in some abandoned house on a hill in some remote location. Or they take place in the woods. Or some creepy Californian suburb. All of these places are terrifying and everything, but the doom feels so much less imminent when it happens far from home.

And I don’t know about you, but I like my doom to feel imminent. I like to feel my doom breathing down the back of my neck so that all my hairs stand on end and I lock all the doors in my apartment and cower in the corner, waiting for the sun to come up. And if you’re the same, you’ll appreciate this round-up of horror movies that take place here, right in our very own city.