'House at the End of the Street' Takes Us on a L.A. Murder House Tour!

We take a look at where some of the most infamous murders in the City of Angels took place before this Relativity Media thriller hits theaters.
We go on a L.A. murder house tour for House At The End of the Street, including this home where The Black Dahlia may have died
We go on a L.A. murder house tour for House At The End of the Street, including this home where The Black Dahlia may have died
Every year, there are usually a number of horror films based on or inspired by some sort of true story. The upcoming Relativity Media thriller House at the End of the Street is not based on such a story, but, if you're familiar with any number of grisly crimes in Los Angeles, it very well could be. In honor of this terrifying tale, arriving in theaters September 21, I was invited to take part in a unique tour of infamous L.A. murder houses, all of which were in very different neighborhoods scattered throughout the City of Angels.

Our evening began, fittingly, at the Museum of Death on Hollywood Boulevard, where we were shown a number of bizarre "artifacts" from the Charlie Manson killings and the Heaven's Gate mass suicide. There were also some of the most sickening images I have ever seen, taken by an L.A. woman and her boyfriend who decided to murder and dismember the woman's husband... and then take photos of it... and then take said photos to get developed, which lead to their arrest.

From there, we were driven all around the city to see some of these infamous edifices. One of the most puzzling murders in L.A. history is The Black Dahlia case, which has still never been solved to this day. Actress Elizabeth Short was found in Leinart Park in January 1947, and there are hundreds of theories as to who may have committed this heinous crime. We were shown the house where it has been speculated that the actual murder took place, before the aspiring actress was dumped in Leinart Park.

We also saw the house where screenwriter Robert Lees (Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man, Bud Abbott Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein) was savagely murdered (and beheaded) in 2004. To think, this man was one of the "blacklisted" writers of the McCarthy Era who lived to be 91 years old, only to die at the hands of a homeless man who broke into his own home.

The house where My Sister Sam stsar Rebecca Schaeffer was killed in 1989
The house where My Sister Sam stsar Rebecca Schaeffer was killed in 1989
The next stop on our tour was home to a crime that shocked all of Hollywood in the late 1980s, but did end up leading to new laws being passed because of it. Rebecca Schaeffer was a rising star on the hit CBS sitcom My Sister Sam before being shot in her own home in 1989 by an obsessive fan. The deranged man obtained her address through a private detective, who received the info through the California Department of Motor Vehicles. In response to the killing, The Driver's Privacy Prevention Act was passed in 1994, preventing the DMV from releasing private addresses.

Among other stops on our trek through L.A. was the home where Dominique Dunne was slain, and the infamous Menendez slaughter. Our tour guide from Dearly Departed Tours, Brian, revealed that Jose and Kitty Menendez were actually watching the movie The Spy Who Loved Me when they were killed. We also saw the residences where gangster Bugsy Siegel and Johnny Stompanato, one of gangster Mickey Cohen's enforcers, were killed. Johnny Stompanato was dating Hollywood starlet Lana Turner before he was stabbed by her daughter, Cheryl, who alleged that Stompanato was beating her mother. The courts actually ruled it as a "justifiable homicide."

I have to say, after living in L.A. for nearly five years, I probably learned more about this city on that tour than in my entire time here combined. It just goes to show that, no matter what kind of neighborhood you live in, there may be sinister things afoot in the house at the end of your street. Click Here! to check out the rest of the photos from the tour on MovieWeb's Instagram account. You can Click Here! for more information on the Museum of Death on Hollywood Boulevard, and Click Here! to learn more about the Dearly Departed Tours. Be sure to follow us on Instagram for continues updates and photos. Just search Movieweb and follow!

House at the End of the Street was released September 21st, 2012 and stars Jennifer Lawrence, Max Thieriot, Elisabeth Shue, Gil Bellows, Eva Link, Nolan Gerard Funk, Allie MacDonald, Jordan Hayes. The film is directed by Mark Tonderai.



Sources: Brian Gallagher

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  1. THE JOKER

    @gallagher ahhh... Vikings and Twins... I do feel your pain... Your kicker seems to screw you and my easily broken quarterback seems to screw me... Although I am Eagles and Phillies... but either way we feel each other's pain here!

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  2. skywise

    @gallagher Psychotic and stupid dont mix. I am still bafled as to how these crazies thought they were going to get away with this when they developed those pics. Can you imagine being the person who developed them? I cant even imagine!

    2 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  3. Brian Gallagher

    Oops, @SherlockHolmes2009 --> last post:)

    2 years agoby @gallagherFlag

  4. Brian Gallagher

    @sherlockholmes2007 @mcleve02 I'm from Minnesota originally, so I feel your pain about crappy sports teams...:)

    2 years agoby @gallagherFlag

  5. SherlockHolmes2009

    @gallagher Nah cross country in Maryland with @mcleve02, and hes right just crime, crime, crime

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  6. THE JOKER

    @gallagher Nope. He lives near me in Maryland unfortunately where we are surrounded by crime and crappy sports teams!!!

    And that sounds gross (points at you and @skywise conversation)

    2 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  7. Brian Gallagher

    @SherlockHolmes2009 Are you in L.A.? I believe those tours start on Hollywood Blvd. A very interesting and informative (and morbid) trip!:)

    2 years agoby @gallagherFlag

  8. Brian Gallagher

    @skywise Thanks man. Yeah, those photos are messed up. There's one where they have his dismembered hand sticking a finger up the nose of his dismembered head. They said there were many others that they wouldn't even show in court. Those were the "tame" ones... Some people...:)

    2 years agoby @gallagherFlag

  9. skywise

    @gallagher great article man. I think I have seen those photos of the 2 who killed and dismembered that guy. Very disturbing indeed.

    A rather morbid little article.

    2 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  10. SherlockHolmes2009

    Ive always wanted to go on one of these tours, gotta try maybe next halloween if possible

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