Quick, think of a classic horror movie. Where is it located? Does it happen in a well-lit, modern home? Probably not. You may have been thinking of a rickety old mansion, filled with ghosts and ghouls, with long dark hallways and winding staircases. The model for a haunted house is the Victorian mansion. While it was once a symbol of affluence and taste during the Gilded Age, it has since fallen into disrepair in media. Want to find out why?