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London’s top 10 scary film locations

Posted at 10:00 am, October 31, 2012 in Arts & Entertainment
28 Days Later

Relive your favourite murder, haunting or zombie attack by going on a Halloween pilgrimage today…

1.Theatre of Blood (1973)
Alembic House, Albert Embankment
Vincent Price plays Edward Kendall Sheridan Lionheart, a ham actor who bumps off London critics in a variety of Shakespearean ways. The campy romp’s most memorable scene was shot at this riverfront tower block, where Lionheart fakes his own death. One of the flats was later home to Jeffrey Archer –who famously faked details of his own life.

2. An American Werewolf in London (1981)
Tottenham Court Rd station
The most bone-chilling moment in John Landis’s gleeful ode to classic British horror sees the wolfman stalking a terrified banker through the echoing tunnels of Tottenham Court Road station, adjacent to Time Out Towers, where the wolfman now works in IT.

3. 28 Days Later (2002)
Westminster Bridge
Danny Boyle and his crew famously rose at the crack of dawn to capture scenes of an empty London, postzombie invasion. The shot of Cillian Murphy staggering over the bridge towards the Houses of Parliament has become one of the key images of modern British cinema.

4. Death Line (1972)
Aldwych station
Aldwych station closed in 1994, but the façade can still be seen from the Strand, along with a sign bearing its original name, Strand station. It’s been used as a location in many movies, and featured in this overlooked classic, which sees a rampaging cannibal stalking passengers on the Underground. Clearly fantasy, as few Londoners would allow something as trivial as a homicidal flesh-devourer to interrupt their daily commute.

5. Peeping Tom (1960)
Newman St, W1
In Michael Powell’s groundbreaking slasher, serial murderer Carl Boehm picks off the prostitutes who work Fitzrovia. The ancient alley alongside the Newman Arms on Rathbone Street remains, but these days is largely free of slashers, apart from those caught short after closing time.

6. The Omen (1976)
All Saints Church, Fulham
When Father Brennan twigs that the American ambassador’s cherubic adopted son Damien is really the spawn of Satan, we know it’s only a matter of time before it’s curtains for the curate. Sure enough, he’s soon impaled by the lightning rod of All Saints Church.

7. Shaun of the Dead (2004)
The Duke of Albany
Sadly, this iconic New Cross boozer has now been converted into flats. But the outer façade, familiar as the Winchester in Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright’s bloody rom-zom-com, remains intact. The interiors were shot in a studio, anyway…

8. A Lizard in a Woman’s Skin (1971)
Alexandra Palace
London is at its most sadistically seductive in this Italian thriller. When a politician’s daughter begins to have depraved dreams, her explorations into London counterculture lead her to a rundown Ally Pally, where a knifewielding hippy chases her through bat-infested belfries. Ciao, bella!

9. Frenzy (1972)
Covent Garden
Alfred Hitchcock’s penultimate film is the story of a murderer in ’70s Covent Garden. In a famous scene, the killer invites an unsuspecting victim up to his room at 3 Henrietta Street. The camera glides back down the stairs and on to the street, where  market porters and customers mill about, unaware of the horrors above.

10. Lifeforce (1985)
Brent Cross Shopping Centre
This deeply silly sci-fi-horror hybrid from Tobe Hooper features a naked alien woman strolling through London on a mission to turn the populace into brain-dead space vampires. If you’ve been to Brent Cross Shopping Centre lately, you’ll know she succeeded.

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