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Western Massachusetts – Birthplace of Horror Movies?

Hello again friends! A very quick update as I am traveling for work.

I recently (Thanksgiving 2011) had the opportunity to take the Amtrak Lakeshore Limited from Boston to up-state New York.  As we left Boston, we went through the suburban landscape of Eastern Massachusetts.  This landscape is quite nondescript and similar to what you would see in around many of the East Coast cities.  Town after town of mills mixed in with borderline nondescript retail chains. Were it not for the over-index of Dunkin’ Donut stores, you would not be able to tell that you are in Massachusetts.  So far, nothing out of the ordinary.

About an hour or so after Springfield, as the sun started to set, the landscape started changing quite dramatically.  To contextualize ourselves in time, remember that this is a few weeks after the major Halloween snow storm that rendered a lot of Western Massachusetts power less, and a few months since Hurricane Irene (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurricane_Irene) devastated many areas along the Hudson Valley, and the Connecticut rival valley.

As we progressed along the corridor that leads us to Albany, Utica, Syracuse and Rochester, the train entered an area of Western Massachusetts littered with broken trees, abandoned mills and buildings, and general destruction and abandonment.  It seemed like the perfect place to film a horror movie.  In addition, some areas were still covered in snow, and the warmer weather made it even more dreary, and foggy.  Adding a new layer of mystery to the area.  What a contrast from the suburban landscapes we had just seen…  It felt like I suddenly landed on the set of Evil Dead (the original).

What do you think?  Other areas we could characterize as the birthplace of horror movies?