Toontown - Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
The City: A town located just outside of Hollywood where the animated thespians of showbiz reside.
Why So Dangerous? Toons are just as duplicitous and scheming as humans! Judge Doom’s reign of terror over the city involves the manufacture of a lethal concoction called the “Dip”... which dissolves toons.
The Welcome Sign Should Read: “Don’t pet the cackling weasels.”
Stepford - The Stepford Wives (1975)
The City: A seemingly idyllic Connecticut suburb. The women of the town dress impeccably, have perfectly trimmed hedges and have no objections to... well, anything.
Why So Dangerous? The wives aren’t just apathetic! They’re all murdered and replaced by soulless robots.
The Welcome Sign Should Read: “Where obedience is not just for dogs.”
Interzone - Naked Lunch (1991)
The City: A hallucinatory world of hedonism that’s like the metropolis offspring of Las Vegas and an old French dungeon.
Why So Dangerous? You’ll have no idea who or what’s real, which is probably for the best as the decrepit atmosphere feels like someone’s twisted nightmare. And there’s giant talking bugs.
The Welcome Sign Should Read: “Interzone: we don’t know where we are either.”
Dome City - Logans Run (1976)
The City: A future utopian world operated completely by computers. Beneath the giant domes, all citizens wear lycra jumpsuits, no-one grows old, and everyone is encouraged to behave like they’re at university.
Why So Dangerous? No-one ever reaches the grand old age of 30. Residents are tricked into being killed on the first day of their third decade, as a cruel method of population control.
The Welcome Sign Should Read: “Come celebrate your thirtieth with us!”
Antonio Bay - The Fog (1980)
The City: Like all close-knit communities, this coastal town in California has a dark secret that may somehow be connected to the shifting weather.
Why So Dangerous? Ordinary precipitation turns deadly in Antonio Bay. The vengeful ghosts of a seawreck return to dish out justice to the townspeople who killed them. Seeing as they’re all already dead, they start butchering their ancestors.
The Welcome Sign Should Read: “Where the ghosts really can harm you!”
Halloween Town - The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
The City: A horrifying claymation cityscape populated by every type of monster you feared as a child, from the Pumpkin King Jack Skellington to Oogie Boogie. He’s made of bugs, don’t you know.
Why So Dangerous? The very matter of its existence! The purpose of the town is to frighten the bejeezus out of everyone on Halloween.
The Welcome Sign Should Read: “Your nightmares, our reality!”
The City - City Of The Lost Children (1995)
The City: An anonymous portside town that’s part-circus and part-dystopia that imparts the overall feeling of a child-like dream turned nightmare.
Why So Dangerous? The city’s youngsters live in fear of neighbouring tyrant, Krank, who kidnaps them in order to channel their dreams. It’s all a part of his plan to stay immortal.
The Welcome Sign Should Read: “Freddy Krueger’s got nothing on us.”
Midwich - Village Of The Damned (1960)
The City: A sleepy English town whose inhabitants all experience a loss of consciousness at the same time. Springtime allergies, or something more sinister?
Why So Dangerous? Women may fall inexplicably pregnant. Their terrifying offspring display their unknown evil origins by murdering many villagers via telepathic means.
The Welcome Sign Should Read: “You can’t rely on a prophylactic here.”
Summerisle - The Wicker Man (1973)
The City: An island off the coast of Scotland, their spectacular volcanic ash allows residents to win a host of prize-winning vegetable contests. They’re also a little infatuated with pagan fertility rituals.
Why So Dangerous? All outsiders are treated with intense suspicion, and are often subjected to painful, wicker-woven deaths in order to appease the gods.
The Welcome Sign Should Read: “In need of fertiliser - or your corpse!”
Salems Lot - Salems Lot (1978)
The City: Located in Maine, the humble township of ‘Salem’s Lot was founded by a cult leader whose dark proclivities began the town’s lifelong relationship with the supernatural.
Why So Dangerous? The vampiric community thrives in ‘Salem’s Lot, with corpses springing up and the undead insistently tapping on your bedroom window at night. And we haven’t even discussed the witchcraft and inbreeding.
The Welcome Sign Should Read: “We suck.”