Salt Lake City — Utah has a long history of film production and celebration, and there is a Halloween celebration film shot in Utah for everyone.
Many films are shot here for tax reasons or to make the unique nature appear as another world. Then there is the Sundance Film Festival, which attracts celebrities and filmmakers from around the world.
And if you didn’t know Lehi’s Roller Mills in “Footloose” or East High School in “High School Musical,” then chances are you haven’t been to Utah much.
But did you know that Michael Myers lived in Salt Lake City?
Some of Utah’s scary movies aren’t just horror stories, they’re true crime stories that happened right here.
Here’s a list of movies filmed in Utah to watch this Halloween, including scary movies, terrifyingly true documentaries, and cheesy Halloween shows.
‘Halloween’ 4, 5 and 6: The Return (1988), Revenge (1989) and Curse of Michael Myers (1995) (R)
The film series originally came to Utah for a less expensive setting that could look like Pasadena, California, where previous “Halloween” episodes were filmed.
“Haddonfield” is Midvale, Montageland is in Honeyville and Brigham City, search scenes and the crashed ambulance were filmed in Ogden, abandoned gas stations and old Victorian buildings on the avenues of Salt Lake City were therefore key locations in “Halloween 4”. the franchise’s return to Utah for the next two films.
“Halloween 5” features Michael Myers’ childhood home and several others on Avenues and Ogden and Orem.
Halloween 6 was filmed in Cottonwood Heights, Layton, Ogden and Salt Lake City.
Filming locations I visited in Utah from Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988). 🔪🎃
1. Smith’s Grove Sanatorium
2. Ambulance crash site
3. Ambulance crash site
4. Ambulance crash site#Halloween4 #locations (1/3) pic.twitter.com/Rr5dcO73h1
— Imogen ✨is on Fansly🦚✨ (@ImogenPeahen) September 23, 2021
‘Carnival of Souls’ (1962) (PG)
Director Herk Harvey traveled through Utah after filming in California, noticed the Great Saltair and made this film around the eerie setting. It follows a woman who was involved in a serious car accident and was offered a job as a church organist in Salt Lake City.
Ghouls follow her to an abandoned lakeside pavilion where carnivals were once held. She is seen walking in parks near the Capitol and downtown shops. The plot then takes an unpredictable turn when she is captured by ghouls on the beaches around the Great Saltair.
“The Exorcist II: The Heretic” (1977) (R)
While this has often been considered the worst thing about the sequel, it will surely give viewers goosebumps. Portions of the film were shot near Lake Powell and Glen Canyon, popular tourist spots in Utah and Arizona.
‘Silent Night, Deadly Night’ (1984) (R)
This movie is festive for Halloween and Christmas if you like scary Christmas movies. This film was controversial because the killer was dressed as Santa Claus. People protested his release because his publicity scared children. It was filmed in Salt Lake City, Heber City and Midway using Westminster College as its asylum. It was released the same week as “Nightmare on Elm Street” and actually had higher ratings until it was pulled from the box office due to its controversy.
‘The Booth’ (1994)
A TV series based on the Stephen King novel was primarily set in Baja California but was filmed in multiple locations in Utah including Salt Lake City, Magna, the University of Utah and more. Other locations were in Virginia at the Center for Disease Control building, but were actually filmed in a building on Park Avenue in Salt Lake City that houses the Primary Children’s Memorial Park, which is also used in Halloween 4 and 6 became.
“Halloweentown High” (2004), “Return to Halloweentown” (2005) (PG)
The four-part Disney classic was originally filmed and filmed in St. Helens, Oregon. The final two installments in the film series were filmed in Utah. Halloweentown High was actually Juan Diego Catholic High School in Draper. Filming required strategic prop placement to hide Catholic symbols and artwork around campus. It was also filmed at the Cottonwood Mall in Holladay.
— allison.✨ (@AlliApplebum) March 17, 2020
“Don’t Look Under the Bed” (1999) (PG)
Although it is TV-PG, it is considered by some to be the scariest Disney movie. It was filmed in Ogden and Salt Lake City and featured Ogden High School. The film follows a girl who is framed by the boogeyman and she and her imaginary friend are on a quest to stop him.
“Under the Banner of Heaven” (2022) (TV-MA)
This miniseries is based on the book of the same name, which is overall based on the true story of the 1984 murder of Brenda Lafferty and her 15-month-old baby. It follows the story of two members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who were excommunicated for extremely religious beliefs and who brutally murdered Brenda and her baby. The film includes a thorough investigation of true crime, belief and history. Although the story takes place in Utah, it was actually filmed in Alberta, Canada, disguised as familiar Salt Lake City and American Fork locations.
Ooh, I didn’t know there was true crime drama starring Andrew Garfield as a Mormon detective on Disney Plus! It’s called Under the Banner of Heaven.
I am fascinated by different religions =)
— Shelly S. Pumpkins 🌈 (@Shelly__Jayne) October 19, 2022
‘American Killer’ (2022) (R)
Based on the true story of Jason Derek Brown, one of the FBI’s most wanted fugitives. He was a thief and con man who carried out elaborate schemes to keep up with a luxurious lifestyle. His crimes escalated into cold-blooded murder. The film begins in Salt Lake City, where the main character pawns valuable possessions for money. It’s still in theaters.
#American killer is available in select theaters TODAY and begins streaming everywhere next week. A true crime thriller with a great cast and one hell of a performance @TomPelphrey as Jason Derek Brown. pic.twitter.com/CHaqOM6AWW
— 🅿️hilz (@RyanPhillipe) October 21, 2022
EXTRA: Check out this interactive story map with more movie history and this Utah movies map including a horror movie filter.