While Footloose may be one of his classics, Kevin Bacon has long made himself a name synonymous with scary films like Tremors, You Should Have Left, and Hollow Man. Art closely imitated life when the fan-favorite actor purchased a piece of land in Connecticut during the early ‘80s. During an episode of Rob Lowe’s Literally podcast (via Entertainment Weekly), Kevin Bacon revealed that part of his contract to purchase a piece of land next to his home was that he would need to “destroy” a house on the property that the seller believed to be haunted.
Kevin Bacon was only able to purchase his farm by promising the previous owner he would demolish a supposedly haunted house.
Like something out of a Mike Flanagan film, the warning and stipulation given to Kevin Bacon from the ominous ex-owner was something that Bacon says made him reconsider buying the property. Essentially, the seller told Bacon that he would happily sell him the property but not the house until he agreed to his terms of demolition. “It was an abandoned house that he had grown up in,” Bacon said, explaining the owner’s background with the spooky structure.
When it came down to it, the sale was a make-or-break situation with Kevin Bacon saying that he was certainly not going to buy an entire piece of property just to not own the house that was sitting on it. “What if you sell it and there’s somebody that’s just living, basically, right up in the backyard?” Still, the original owner was worried to say goodbye to the haunted house that he, at this point, had felt like his own cross to bear.
One of his major concerns was that Kevin Bacon would ultimately end up possessed if he were to hold onto the house. Finally, enough was enough for Bacon, who proposed one final deal – if he were to purchase the property with the home on it, he would demolish it within one month. This hit the nail on the head for the original owner who drew up the papers to sell Bacon his newest plot of land.
Bacon told Lowe that the owner thought the house was the home of a Native American spirit who “had been murdered by a colonial soldier” at some time in the 1700s.
Asking his longtime friend if he went inside for a sleepover at the house, Rob Lowe pressed Kevin Bacon for any information about what he did with that month of being the proud owner of a haunted house. Bacon went on to reveal that he had nothing to do with the house following the purchase although he wanted to take some of the home’s frame with him.
Understanding that this is exactly how someone ends up with a ghost, Bacon’s wife and fellow star, Kyra Sedwick put an end to his looting and ensured nothing from the home survived the demolition – or at least nothing came home with them.
For those hoping for more of a backstory behind the haunting of the home on Kevin Bacon’s property, Bacon told Lowe that the owner thought the house was the home of a Native American spirit who “had been murdered by a colonial soldier” at some time in the 1700s.
One of his major concerns was that Kevin Bacon would ultimately end up possessed if he were to hold onto the house.
Calling the tale “a long” one, Bacon said that the previous owner tried to get to the bottom of the spooky experiences by bringing in teams of ghost hunters. In the end, it sounds like these paranormal experts never quite helped as the haunting continued.
These days, Kevin Bacon says that his property is quiet and that he and his family have never witnessed any apparitions or other paranormal activities. While he hasn’t seen anything yet, the actor admitted that he would like to, if only for a good story to tell during the filming of his next horror project.