5 Movie Homes That Would Totally See You Through a Sci-Fi Fallout
Plus, the fictional flats that would lower your chances of survival real quick.
We're officially within the summer movie months, and it seems that the biggest blockbusters of the season all have one theme in common: the world needs saving.
If it's not up to Spiderman, Wonder Woman or The Guardians of the Galaxy, then the task surely falls to Emma Watson in The Circle, Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne in Valerian and Woody Harrelson in War for the Planet of the Apes. We're rooting for all of 'em.
This influx of sci-fi flicks got us thinking: if we were living in a dystopian society or post-apocalyptic world, which homes and hideouts would be our best chance for survival? And which would get us eaten by the likes of Godzilla? Read on to find out which fictional flats we'd totally bet on — or skip like no one's business.
The Safest Strongholds
I Am Legend — Robert Neville's Apartment: In a post-apocalyptic New York plagued with vampires, there's only one place we'd feel safe — and that's locked inside Robert Neville's home in Greenwich Village. Stocked with non-perishables and fortified with explosives, the unit also includes a working laboratory and a DVD player. We wouldn't mind hunkering down with Will Smith in this one, at least for a while.
Ex Machina — Nathan Bateman's Hideaway: Honestly, escaping to Alaska doesn't sound bad either. Accessible only by helicopter and armed with an advanced security system and its own power generator, this fictional home owned by a search engine mogul is ideal for dropping off the grid. When the robots rise up, you'll find us here, hiding out in the wilderness. Learn more about the real-life Juvet Hotel in Norway.
X-Men — The X-Mansion: Despite its idyllic facade, this sprawling estate in North Salem, New York is fully outfitted for an apocalypse. Inside, you'll find a host of classrooms, research labs and training gyms, as well as a massive super-computer and private hangar. Essentially, Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters has everything we'd need to fend off an attack by mutants or the government. Learn more about the real-life Parkwood Estate in Ontario.
10 Cloverfield Lane — Howard's Bunker: Say what you will about its ill-mannered occupants, but this bunker built by John Goodman's Howard would definitely withstand a nuclear disaster. Notable amenities include an air-purifying ventilator, concrete walls, a well-stocked pantry and even a multimedia library, all well below ground. If the aliens ever do arrive in Louisiana, we think we'll be just fine. For now.
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children — The Manor: Few lots in Wales could evade airstrikes and monsters quite like Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. Not only is this Gothic manor hidden in a time loop, but it's also protected by a group of kids with some scary capabilities. Basically, our chances of survival increase just by being on the property. Learn more about the real-life Torenhof Castle in Belgium.
The Retreats We'd Write Off
A Cure for Wellness — Dr. Volmer's Spa: Look, if your secret Swedish spa was built on the ruins of a castle, then you're just asking for trouble. With eerie hallways, malicious medical experiments and carnivorous eels (not to mention disturbed doctors), you probably wouldn't make it out alive of this one. Or at least, not with all of your marbles. See more photos below, then learn more about the real-life Hohenzollern Castle in Germany.
Blade Runner — Sebastian's Apartment: In theory, an old, abandoned building riddled with dolls and mannequins might seem like a great place to avoid rogue A.I.s and cops. But let's look at the facts: the only way out of Sebastian's apartment is either down a huge flight of stairs or through the window and onto a ledge. And that's only if you don't trip over the toys first. Your chances of survival? Slim to none here. See more photos below, then learn about the real-life Bradbury Building in Los Angeles.
Renamed "The Bramford" for the 1968 horror classic Rosemary's Baby, The Dakota on New York's Upper West Side lent its stately exterior as Rosemary and Guy's new apartment in the film. When this exclusive co-op apartment building was finished in 1884, the Upper West Side was sparsely populated, but The Dakota has become known as home to celebrities including John Lennon (shot and killed at the entrance), Leonard Bernstein and Lauren Bacall.
Although The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colo., was the inspiration for Stephen King's best-selling novel The Shining, the exterior shots of Stanley Kubrick's movie version were filmed at the Timberline Lodge, a historic ski lodge in Mount Hood, Ore. One piece of hotel trivia: In the book, the sinister room is number 217, but the hotel asked Kubrick to change the number to 237 in the movie so real guests wouldn't avoid the room.
Friday the 13th
As the main filming location for the slasher flick Friday the 13th, Camp No-Be-Bo-Sco, a Boy Scout camp in New Jersey, served as the fictional Camp Crystal Lake of the movie. Many of the structures, like the totem pole pictured here, the main cabin, the archery range and the lake, look much the same. Please note: Camp No-Be-Bo-Sco is privately owned and is not open to the public for visiting or tours.
The Blair Witch Project
With 63,000 acres of forests, lakes and hiking trails, Seneca Creek State Park in Montgomery County, Md., is a nature lover's paradise in reality and a creepy place of doom in the psychological thriller The Blair Witch Project, which follows three students producing a documentary about a local witch. Black Rock Mill (pictured) is the starting point for the trail to Coffin Rock, where the three students camp for the night and where five men were supposedly ritualistically murdered.
The Amityville Horror
Although 112 Ocean Avenue in Amityville, N.Y., is the real-life location of the DeFeo family murder in 1974 and the supposed events of the book and movie The Amityville Horror, the movie itself was filmed at this lovely home at 18 Brooks Road in Toms River, N.J. The home was remodeled to feature the "eye" windows famous in the original home, but were removed after filming.