Did You Know These Horror/Thriller Movies Were Filmed in Buffalo?

Cinema, Culture & Arts


Written by Andrea Diedrich

Published on September 28, 2022

We’ve all been there, biting our nails, watching the suspense play out in front of us. While we want to look away, our eyes are glued to the big screen and practically shouting at the characters to get out of the situation they’re in. The tension is real.

What are we talking about? A scary movie. Why?

Because there’s no better time to watch a scary movie than now and it just so happens that Buffalo makes the perfect backdrop to some major horror and thriller films!

Interested in spotting some familiar places around the region as they play out in these motion pictures? Here’s 4 movies to add to your binge-watching list this Halloween:


1. The First Purge

Plot Description on IMDB: America’s third political party, the New Founding Fathers of America, comes to power and conducts an experiment: no laws for 12 hours on Staten Island. No one has to stay on the island, but $5,000 is given to anyone who does.

The First Purge is the fourth film in the horror series and while it is set to take place on Staten Island, many scenes are filmed right in Downtown Buffalo. Keep your eyes peeled in the trailer to spot some of these well known locations.

Buffalo/WNY Landmarks:

  • The Marine Drive Apartments
  • The interior of Seneca One
  • Surrounding areas of the General Mills Plant

2. A Quiet Place Part II

Plot Description on IMDB: Following the events at home, the Abbott family now face the terrors of the outside world. Forced to venture into the unknown, they realize the creatures that hunt by sound are not the only threats lurking beyond the sand path.

Directed by John Krasinski, the second film in this series returned to film in NYS, this time in areas around Buffalo and WNY. Within the trailer you’ll see some familiar landmarks, the most notable being the South Grand Island Bridge.

Buffalo/WNY Landmarks:

  • South Grand Island Bridge
  • The former Bethlehem Steel property in Lackawanna
  • Stenzel Street Field baseball park in North Tonawanda
  • Main Street in Akron
  • Dunkirk Camp and Conference Center


3. Nightmare Alley

Plot Description on IMDB: A grifter working his way up from low-ranking carnival worker to lauded psychic medium matches wits with a psychiatrist bent on exposing him.

Director, Guillermo del Toro, is known for a variety of movie genres with Nightmare Alley falling into the psychological thriller category. Starring Bradley Cooper alongside Cate Blanchett, Toni Collette, Willem Dafoe, and Rooney Mara, you see the iconic Buffalo City Hall play a key role in the scenery of this movie. See if you can spot some of the art deco pieces of Buffalo in the trailer.

Buffalo/WNY Landmarks:

  • Buffalo City Hall
  • The lobby of the Mahoney Building
  • The interior of Karpeles Museum
  • Niagara Square

4. Paranormal Activity: Next of Kin

Plot Description on IMDB: Margot, a young woman who was abandoned by her mother as a baby, travels to a secluded Amish community with a documentary film crew seeking answers about her mother and extended family.

The seventh film in the Paranormal Activity series was mostly filmed in studio at Buffalo Filmworks but some scenes were shot in the town of Allen in Allegany County. The idea to film here came from the success of the Quiet Place film being produced in WNY. Fun Fact: many WNYers went to casting calls to play extras in the film!

Buffalo/WNY Landmarks:

  • Countryside of the Town of Allen, NY
Written by <a href="" target="_self">Andrea Diedrich</a>

Written by Andrea Diedrich

Andrea is a Content Coordinator and writer for Step Out Buffalo. By day she enjoys using her creative side and researching all things Buffalo. By night you’ll find her exploring Buffalo’s waterfront, dining with friends or catching the latest show/concert in town.
Find More ➭ Buffalo, Halloween

Holiday Guides

Enter your email to get The Insider Hit List - a timely short list of restaurants, things to do and more recommended by the Step Out Buffalo staff.


Forgotten Password?

You must be logged in to use this feature.