The Oklahoman

Keep your scares local: 5 horror movies filmed in Oklahoma

- Jana Hayes The Oklahoman USA TODAY NETWORK

Halloween is almost here, which means it's time to bust out some horror movies to set the mood. Why not keep things a little local this year?

Here are five horror movies that take place in Oklahoma.

1. ‘ The Ripper’

“The Ripper,” filmed on a $75,000 budget in 1985 and starring horror icon Tom Savini, tells the story of a college professor turned murderer after putting on an antique ring.

The ring turns out to have belonged to Jack the Ripper, whose spirit possesses whoever wears it. Filming locations include Tulsa, and the University of Oklahoma.

2. ‘All-American Murder’

The 1991 direct-to-video “All-American Murder” follows the antisocial Artie Logan as he moves to a new college and meets a girl who ends up being brutally murdered the night of their first date. Artie is innocent, but becomes the prime suspect.

He has 24 hours to find the real killer, but as the clock ticks the killer continues to strike — and the clues keep pointing to Artie.

The movie was filmed in the town of Sand Springs, the Oklahoma State University campus and Union High School's football stadium.

3. ‘ Terror at Tenkiller’

Despite the name, the 1986 slasher film “Terror at Tenkiller,” was filmed at Lake Fort Gibson

Leslie and Janna, two college friends, decide to spend the summer at Janna's summer home near Lake Tenkiller.

Spending the summer working at a local diner and basking in the sun, the girls have no idea that the culprit of the string of murders taking place is a man they'd befriended and were growing to trust.

4. ‘Camp Cold Brook’

A newer film that follows a paranormal show team as they place their bets on the remote Camp Cold Brook in Oklahoma being the location that gets their show the ratings it needs.

In 1990, a woman, who the team is warned was a vengeful witch, mass

murdered a group of kids by poisoning and drowning them. The incident is best left in the past, the team is told. Of course, they don’t listen.

Starring “One Tree Hill’s” Chad Michael Murray and “Halloween” scream queen Danielle Harris, the film has been noted for its fun cast and well-paced script, if a bit unoriginal. The movie filmed in Oklahoma City, Jones, Guthrie and Edmond and was produced with an Oklahoma-based crew.

5. ‘Near Dark’

No list about Oklahoma-based horror movies is complete without the mention of “Near Dark,” the 1987 classic flick about “a small-town farmer’s son who reluctantl­y joins a traveling group of vampires after he is bitten by a beautiful drifter.”

The film stars cinema heroes like Bill Paxton and Lance Henriksen, and is one of director Kathryn Bigelow’s finest.

 ?? DOUG HOKE/THE OKLAHOMAN ?? 729 NW 38th St. Halloween yard decoration on Oct. 17, 2020.
DOUG HOKE/THE OKLAHOMAN 729 NW 38th St. Halloween yard decoration on Oct. 17, 2020.

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