Anyone who has seen a haunted house movie within the last 50 years knows that the Victorian is one of the most used props in those movies.

Let’s face it, they are creepy and dark and with so many rooms and windows you’re bound to see someone — something staring back at you.

These houses do have a reason for being so ominous especially in American horror cinema and believe it or not according to Vox that history kinda started with Gomez and Morticia Addams.

Even though ghosts and maniacs appear in other architecture styles, the Victorian is still the foundation of so many films where they play as much an important role as the creeps who take up space inside them.

Here’s why: