The secret to an utterly chilling and creepy haunted house movie is making sure that the house is as much of a fleshed out character as the human ones. Sure, you can have dark corners and plenty of shadows, but it also needs a malevolent spirit, a compelling backstory and a sense of menace and confusion.
That’s what makes these ones so scary, and something you’ll never even consider when scrolling through AirBnB. Unless that’s your thing.
In that case, make sure you know where the exits are, you have cell service, your flashlight has fresh batteries and you have plenty of clean underwear.