The 13th Floor

The Gravestones of 13 Famous Horror Icons

It’s always a thrill to meet a celebrity or some other personality that you admire. If we have the wherewithal, we can keep our cool, have a casual conversation and perhaps convey how much we admire that person without coming across as a blithering goon. Have we not the wherewithal, well we are so starstruck that we do indeed become blithering goons.

Luckily, there is a way to meet celebrities and not leave a bad impression, no matter how you behave and it has nothing to do with internet stalking. Visiting a favored celebrity’s grave site can be a moving, glorious and often rewarding experience. Visiting a celebrity’s grave can allow one to have a swell of interior celebration. You have experienced them in their lives. Their sentence may have a period, but the discussion is not over.

Since we here at Blumhouse want to provide for our readers, we offer the following guide to the grave locations of the following horror luminaries. The next time you’re traveling to one of the following cities (or oceans, as the case may be) you can stand next to the monuments of these great men and women, send out good vibes and silently thank them for all the years of fear and horror they have provided you.

Forest Lawn Memorial Park
1712 S. Glendale Ave.
Glendale, CA 91205

Lon Chaney (1883 – 1930)

Forrest J Ackerman (1916 – 2008)

William Castle (1914 – 1977)

James Whale (1893 – 1957)

Penn & Teller (1955 & 1948)

 

Hollywood Forever Cemetery
6000 Santa Monica Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90028

Peter Lorre (1904 – 1964)

Maila “Vampira” Nurmi (1922 – 2008)

Bela Lugosi (1882 – 1956)

Hungarian actor Bela Lugosi taught us how vampires look and behave and just about every single vampire that has come since is in some capacity an echo of what Lugosi started. Most people know about his meteoric rise to fame as well as his tragic fall from grace. Wear a black cape and visit his grave marker. He would appreciate it.

Boris Karloff (1887 – 1969)

Boris Karloff, a dashing upstanding cove, had once said that he was a mite insulted that he was best known for playing a gigantic undead ghoul in James Whale’s FRANKENSTEIN movies, as he was a dashing, charming, well-rounded British gentleman at heart. He eventually embraced his horror reputation. He was cremated and his ashes were scattered in the Garden of Remembrance at a local crematorium.

Max Schreck (1879 – 1936)

Max Schreck (portrait)
Wilmersdorfer Waldfriedhof Stahndorf
Potsdam-Mittelmarker Landkreis
Brandenburg, Germany

The argument is eternal and the conclusion is always the same. When it comes to movie vampires, Max Schreck was, claws down, the scariest. As Count Orlock in F.W. Murnau’s NOSFERATU: EINE SYMPHONIE DES GRAUENS, Schreck embodied an eerie air of sickness and disease. He is buried in his native Germany.

Rondo Hatton (1894 – 1946)

Although not prolific or frequently celebrated, Rondo Hatton had a face you’ll never forget; he had acromelagy, which gave him enlarged features. Star of low-budget horror flicks like THE BRUTE MAN and HOUSE OF HORRORS, Hatton was actually a soldier and a journalist first; his status as a cult icon came later. As a member of the American Legion, Hatton was buried in their cemetery.

Tor Johnson

Tor Johnson (portrait)
Eternal Valley Memorial Park
23287 Sierra Hwy
Newhall, CA 91321

Swedish wrestler Tor Johnson was a mountainous man discovered by the anti-legendary Edward D. Wood, Jr. who put him in films like BRIDE OF THE MONSTER and PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE. Johnson wasn’t ever much of an actor, but he was an indelible screen presence with a face to die for.

Mario Bava (1914 – 1980)

Mario Bava
Piazzale del Verano 1
Rome
Provincia di Roma
Lazio, Italy

Cinematographer and director Mario Bava is often credited as being one of the originators of the modern slasher film, thanks to his work in various Italian giallo pictures. Any serious explorer of cult cinema has likely seen several of his films including I VAMPIRI, BLACK SUNDAY and PLANET OF THE VAMPIRES.

Rod Serling (1924 – 1975)

Cynical critics like to reiterate that there are only so many stories that can be told. It’s certainly the case with Rod Serling, who thanks to his show THE TWILIGHT ZONE, seemed to lay the template for any and all science fiction stories – especially moral stories – that came after.

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