Friday, December 12, 2014

Of Unknown Origin (1983)

I am currently reading the book They Came From Within: A History Of Canadian Horror Cinema by Caelum Vatnsdal, so I've been on a bit of a Canadian horror kick lately.  I've already covered locations for several of the films mentioned in the book, including Black Christmas (1974), The Gate (1986), Killer Party (1986), Happy Birthday To Me (1981), Ghostkeeper (1982), Prom Night (1980), Night Of The Demons 3 (1997), and My Little Eye (2002), but now I can add one more to the list...






Of Unknown Origin (1983) is a modern spin on Moby Dick, featuring a man (Peter Weller) and a rat squaring off in a New York City brownstone.  In the movie, Montreal, Quebec fills in for New York City. 



Place Ville Marie
Place Ville Marie
Place Ville Marie
Place Ville Marie



According to the book They Came From Within, the office building where Peter Weller's character works was the Alcan Aluminum company office.  Since it was a functioning business, the Of Unknown Origin crew were only allowed to film there on Sundays.  The current Alcan Aluminum office in Montreal is located at 1188 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest, just around the corner from the brownstone featured in the movie.  However, the exterior featured in the movie appears to be the Place Ville Marie, formerly the Royal Bank Tower. 
Location: Montreal, QC, Canada
Coordinates: 45.501128, -73.568303 (Office Exterior)
Visible on Street View: Yes
Links:



Drummond mansion
Drummond mansion
Drummond mansion
Drummond mansion
Drummond mansion
Drummond mansion
Drummond mansion replica



It was difficult for the crew to find a brownstone location for filming in Montreal.  They ended up finding the beautiful Drummond mansion, a red sandstone Victorian mansion built in 1891.  In the early 1900s, it was the family home of Huntley Redpath Drummond.  Shortly prior to the filming of Of Unknown Origin, it had been an ex-drug rehab house.  The house had fallen into disrepair, and by 1990 was considered uninhabitable.  Around 2007, the house was fully restored, and appears to be on the market for $3.3 million.  In the film, Peter Weller's character has a miniature replica of the house in his basement, which gets destroyed during the big finale. 
Location: Montreal, QC, Canada
Coordinates: 45.500675, -73.578825
Visible on Street View: Yes
Links:

Thursday, December 11, 2014

The Giver (2014)

Haven't done a post in a long time, figured I might throw one together really quick.




I watched The Giver (2014) this afternoon.  A majority of the movie was filmed in South Africa, the notable exception being the film's final scene...



Brighton, Utah
Brighton, Utah
Brighton, Utah
Brighton, Utah



The cabin from the ending of The Giver is located in Brighton, Utah, just east of Salt Lake City.  In reality, the cabin is a vacation rental, situated between a lake and a ski resort (Silver Lake and The Brighton Ski Resort, respectively), so you could even spend a weekend there if you're so inclined.  The vacation rental listing even mentions that it was featured in The Giver as a selling point. You can see pictures of the property, including the stunning interiors, in the listing link below. 
Location: Brighton, UT
Coordinates: 40.601707, -111.587743
Visible on Street View: No
Links:

Saturday, January 25, 2014

My Little Eye (2002)




My Little Eye (2002) was filmed in Nova Scotia.




House Of Roth - Clementsport, NS
House Of Roth - Clementsport, NS



The entire movie takes place at a secluded house in the middle of nowhere, where five contestants are forced to live for six months while being filmed for a webcast.  In reality, the exterior of the house is square-dance center / campground called the House Of Roth, located in Clementsport.  Interiors were built on a disused indoor fitness center in Burnside, clear across Nova Scotia on the outskirts of Halifax. 
Location: Clementsport, NS, Canada
Coordinates: 44.665154, -65.614729
Visible on Street View: No
Links:

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Bloody New Year (1987)




Bloody New Year (1987) was filmed in the town of Barry in South Wales.  


Bloody New Year - Barry Island Pleasure Park
Bloody New Year - Barry Island Pleasure Park
Submarine
The Sarah Jane Adventures - The Mad Woman In The Attic
Gavin & Stacey
Bloody New Year - Whitmore Bay Beach
Bloody New Year - Whitmore Bay Beach



The carnival scenes at the beginning were filmed at Barry Island Pleasure Park, located right on Whitmore Bay of the Bristol Channel.  The beach scenes were filmed right in front of the park along the bay.  Pleasure Park opened in 1897 and is still open today, however Wikipedia states that it might be closing for good soon.  The park has been used in other movies and TV shows filmed around Barry, including Submarine (2010) and the TV shows The Sarah Jane Adventures (2009) (the season 3 episode "The Mad Woman In The Attic"), Not Going Out (2006), and Gavin & Stacey (2007).  The popular BBC TV series Being Human (2008) is set in Barry from seasons 3 onward (2011) and has filmed at Pleasure Park.  
Location: Barry, Wales, UK
Coordinates (Pleasure Park): 51.391809, -3.275163
Coordinates (the beach): 51.390314, -3.275026
Visible on Street View: Yes
Links: 



Bloody New Year - Lifeguard Station
Gavin & Stacey - Lifeguard Station



In Bloody New Year, as the teenagers flee the carnival, they are seen speeding past a Lifeguard Station on the beach, just down the shore from Pleasure Park.  The same Lifeguard Station can be seen in the still above from Gavin & Stacey.  
Location: Barry, Wales, UK
Coordinates: 51.390113, -3.278376
Visible on Street View: Yes
Links: 


Friar's Point Guest House
Friar's Point Guest House
Friar's Point Guest House



From here, the teenagers head out on a boat, which sinks.  They wash ashore on an island, where they find the Mysterious Grand Island Hotel.  Despite being on a remote island in the movie, this building is actually just a short walk from the Lifeguard Station and Pleasure Park.  If you look at the stills with the Lifeguard Station, the house is located just on the other side of those trees in the background, hidden at the end of Paget Road.  In 1858 it was built as the Marine Hotel, until it changed hands in 1873 and became the Pier Hotel.  In 1894 it became a private residence and is now known as the Friar's Point Guest House.  The house even has a ghost story, which is fitting given Bloody New Year.
Location: Barry, Wales, UK
Coordinates: 51.389656, -3.281329
Visible on Street View: No
Links: 

Monday, December 30, 2013

Silent Night, Bloody Night (1972)



Silent Night, Bloody Night (1972) was filmed around Long Island, New York. 



Elmwood (The Cliffs)
Elmwood (The Cliffs)
Elmwood (The Cliffs)
Elmwood (The Cliffs)
Elmwood (The Cliffs)


Butler Mansion, the abandoned estate / asylum with a very dark history, is actually a historic home called Elmwood, but is also referred to as "The Cliffs" and the Beekman House.  It is located on West Shore Rd in Mill Neck, overlooking Oyster Bay Harbor.  The house was built in 1836 and expanded in the early 1900s.  On April 3rd, 1975, just a few years after Silent Night, Bloody Night was filmed there, it was entered into the National Register Of Historic Places.   
Location: Mill Neck, NY
Coordinates: 40.880757, -73.546035
Visible on Street View: Yes (gates and top of house)
Links: 
25A Magazine (discusses the filming)
Douglas Elliman Real Estate

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

The Love Butcher (1975)




I haven't updated in a while, so I figured I'd throw a quick post out there.  



605 S Hudson Ave in Hancock Park



I was watching the new DVD release of The Love Butcher (1975) last night, which has a very nice 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer.  Noticed a house number on the home belonging to Robin Sherwood's character and thought it would be an easy find.  Turns out, I was right. 

The number was 605.  Right away, I assumed I would find it near 6th St in Hancock Park.  I pulled up Google Maps, and less than a minute later had located the house at 605 S Hudson Avenue.  Maybe one of the easiest finds I've ever had.  From Google maps, it looks a bit unkempt, overgrown with foliage.  The owners must have seen the movie and decided against hiring a gardener...

Tons of filming is done throughout Hancock Park, and the house is surrounded by other filming locations.  Just across 6th Street, three houses down from The Love Butcher house, you will find the house from the made-for-TV remake of Whatever Happened To Baby Jane? (1991).  And between the two houses, just across the street, you'll find the party house from Some Kind Of Wonderful (1987).  There are many filming locations within walking distance. 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Coordinates: 34.064620, -118.333290
Visible on Street View: Yes
Links: N/A

I grabbed the screencap from an inferior source, just because I was in a rush.  Bit of trivia: Writer / co-director Mikel Angel also wrote Grotesque (1988), which was previously covered on this blog here.

The remastered widescreen DVD of The Love Butcher from Code Red can be purchased here.
Code Red also recently released the film Trick Or Treats (1982) on DVD with a pristine transfer, which can be purchased hereTrick Or Treats was previously covered on this blog, that house is also located in Hancock Park about a mile away. 

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Texas Chainsaw 3D (2013)




Texas Chainsaw 3D (2013) was filmed in Louisiana, not too far from the Texas border.  Aside from Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III (1990), which was filmed in southern California, this is the only film in the series to be filmed outside of Texas.  Louisiana was chosen due to the state's lucrative tax incentives.



Goodwill Rd
Goodwill Rd



The gas station where Heather and her friends stop at the beginning of the movie is located on Goodwill Rd in Minden.  In addition to the gas station, the location also houses two businesses: a casino named Pot-O-Gold and a restaurant named K-K's Kitchen.  K-K's Kitchen was formerly known as the Rainbow Diner.  

This location was most likely chosen because it is in close proximity to the Louisiana Army Ammunition Plant in Camp Minden, just a short drive down Highway 80.  The munitions factory was used as the slaughterhouse at the end of the movie.  Several of the roads in the camp were used as well, filling in as the gate to Heather's mansion (the actual mansion is located over an hour away in Mansfield).  

They also recreated the infamous Sawyer house for the opening scene in an open field at Camp Minden.  The house is no longer there, as it is burned down in the movie.  The camp does house live explosives, and occasionally accidental explosions do occur.  The movie was filmed in July and August of 2011, but there were two explosions in fall 2012 (one in October and one in November).  The one in October resulted in a mile and a half high mushroom cloud.
Location: Minden, LA
Coordinates: 32.575523, -93.432032 (gas station)
Visible on Street View: Yes
Links:
Facebook  (K-K's Kitchen)




Kaps & Frye Dry Cleaners
Kaps & Frye Dry Cleaners
Kaps & Frye Dry Cleaners
Kaps & Frye Dry Cleaners
Adams St



The town scenes were filmed in Courthouse Square in Mansfield, a town-square area surrounding the DeSoto Parish Courthouse.  The storefront where Heather buys the coal and first meets Deputy Carl is Kaps & Frye Dry Cleaners & Laundry, located at the intersection of Texas St and Adams St.  The scene later in the film where Heather is picked up by Deputy Carl was filmed nearby at the crosswalk on Adams St.  Courthouse Square is in very close proximity to the mansion Heather inherits, less than a mile away. 
Location: Mansfield, LA
Coordinates (buying coal): 32.038196,-93.71019
Coordinates (picked up by police): 32.038692, -93.710079
Visible on Street View: Yes
Links:
Mansfield, Louisiana  (Wikipedia)
DeSoto Parish (Wikipedia)




Mansfield, Louisiana
Mansfield, Louisiana
Mansfield, Louisiana
Mansfield, Louisiana
The Collector
The Collector
The Collector



The mansion that Heather inherits is a location that was previously featured on this blog: it's the same house that was used for the The Collector (2009), which was already covered here.  The house is located in Mansfield, less than a mile from Courthouse Square. 
Location: Mansfield, LA
Coordinates: 32.033239, -93.717545
Visible on Street View: Yes
Links:


One final location, the carnival scene was filmed at Cargill Park in Shreveport.  The address is 7700 Lotus Lane.