There might be no fans more dedicated to their favorite movies than horror fanatics.
Whether they’re dressing up as their favorite costumed killers at conventions, or discussing which devious trap was the most gruesome, those dedicated to silver-screen slashers may be the most interesting movie fans just for their taste in fun—but you don't have to be a horror freak to get excited about the latest “real-life” horror movie opportunity.
The original house from the hit horror film Scream—in which the film’s rising action and final, bloody climax take place—will be available to stay in for three lucky parties this October, as part of a paired promotion between the production company and Airbnb.
The 4,900-square foot mansion in Tomales, CA., boasts four bedrooms and four bathrooms, and it will be availabe to rent for just $5 a night. The listing goes live Tues., Oct. 12, and will be available to rent the nights of Oct. 27, 29 and 31, promising plenty of chills and thrills for participants.
David Arquette, who played the bumbling deputy Dewey in the original 1996 film, will play “virtual host” to any guests brave enough to spend a night at the location. Arquette’s character Dewey is the listing "host," where he notes that Scream killer Ghostface has once again returned to the area, and those inside need to be careful to avoid an untimely death.
“As the local sheriff, it’s my duty to be your host to keep everything under control for your stay at the Scream house. What could possibly go wrong?” states the original Airbnb listing. “Step back in time circa 1996, where you’ll be instantly transported to the town of Woodsboro and all the mischance that surrounds it. You and up to three guests can stay the night (if you think you can handle it)... Ghostface has returned to terrorize our town, so we’ll need to be careful to avoid any encounters (we all know he loves to make an entrance).”
The property seems virtually untouched from its movie appearance in 1996. Knife marks can be found on the wooden doors and the garage, highlighting where one character met with a gruesome fate involving a pet door. There's a large stained-glass window of Ghostface himself, peering over any guests as they enter through the front door.
The home also features plenty of space for a normal, relaxing getaway. According to Realtor.com, the home was originally sold in 2014 for $2.8 million, and also features a library, two wood stoves and a few fireplaces to boot. The Victorian-styled home sits on a private lot with plenty of space for agriculture and scenic walks, mentioning a creek nearby. Nobody ever wants to be hunted down over a landline by a meta-commentating horror slasher. Staying in a Victorian classic for $5 a night, however, might make that all worth it.
The listing offers other opportunities to be fully enveloped in the '90s setting, including a Scream movie marathon with all four films available on VHS, as well as plenty of snacks from the decade, including classic stovetop Jiffy Pop, ice cream with Reddi Whip and pizza. There will also be a dedicated landline phone for guests to talk to Ghostface at any timei—f he doesn’t call first.
If they survive the endeavor, participants will also take home prizes, movie merchandise and the first four films.
do you like scary movies? how about watching them from the original #ScreamMovie house?— Airbnb (@Airbnb) September 29, 2021
live out your SCREAM dreams in woodsboro with your host @davidarquette…if you dare. bookings open on october 12 at 1pm EDT. https://t.co/8UWh4133jr pic.twitter.com/9MStCxywTA
The contest was created by Airbnb and Scream as part of an ongoing partnership to promote both the home-sharing service and the latest entry in the franchise, also appropriately titled Scream, which will hit theaters in January 2022. A live online experience with the film’s screenwriter Kevin Williamson is also on the docket, during which he'll share “what it took to make the Scream films,” in partnership with Airbnb.
Airbnb will make a one-time donation to Ween Dream, which provides Halloween costumes to children in need.
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