The following photos represent places where the "ghosts" practically begged me to write about them (and I obliged).
The place has an appropriately sordid past. In the 1800s it was the testing ground for "isolation therapy," a practice that drove several of its inmates mad. The current board of directors is only too happy to perpetuate the idea that some of those inmates are still roaming the halls... Ghost stories are good for business. No surprise, then, that portions of the movie 12 MONKEYS were shot here... or that M. Night Shyamalan's THE SIXTH SENSE was filmed in the same neighborhood. I'd also be willing to bet that this place served as the main inspiration for the horror movie SESSION 9.
Skrdla claims that in addition to Eastern State Penitentiary, Philly has more abandoned buildings than any other U.S. city... which means more "ghost stories." When I visited the city last year, I saw plenty of evidence to support that theory. Here are a few "ghostly ruins" highlights from the trip, along with a couple of other random filming locations...
|Anybody recognize this building from GHOSTBUSTERS?|
|You have to imagine it without the scaffolding...|
|... and transplanted into New York's Central Park.|
|Here's one of Philly's most recognizable movie locations...|
|All that's missing is the ROCKY statue at the top of the steps.|