Sunday, July 19, 2015

The Outing (1987)




It's been a while since I've done a new post.  I watched the Scream Factory blu-ray double feature of The Outing (1987) and The Godsend (1980) a few nights ago and decided to track down a few of the locations from The Outing.  



The William R. Nash House
The William R. Nash House
The William R. Nash House
The William R. Nash House
The William R. Nash House
The William R. Nash House
The William R. Nash House
The William R. Nash House



In the opening scenes of the film, three burglars break into a mansion owned by an elderly woman and are subsequently slaughtered.  Said mansion is the William R. Nash House, a historic 1907 Colonial Revival house in Houston, Texas.  The swimming pool on the property, located along the east side of the house, is also prominently featured in the film.  The swimming pool was added in the early 1970s, but aside from that the house has had no significant changes from when it was originally built. 
Location: Houston, TX
Coordinates: 29.740966, -95.384634
Visible on Street View: Yes
Links:
Sugar Hill Dr
Sugar Hill Dr
Sugar Hill Dr
Sugar Hill Dr
The Wallace house, where final girl Alex and her museum curator father live, is a private residence in the Briarforest neighborhood of Houston.  A few of the neighboring houses can also be spotted in the film as the paperboy rides past.  The house was built in 1967 and appears relatively unchanged, including the lamp post out front with the address.  
Location: Houston, TX
Coordinates: 29.753022, -95.555306
Visible on Street View: Yes
Links:
Houston Museum Of Natural Science
Houston Museum Of Natural Science
Houston Museum Of Natural Science
The museum location, where a majority of the film takes place, was the Houston Museum Of Natural Science.  Production filmed inside the museum overnight while the museum was closed.  The museum opened in 1909, making it over 100 years old.  It has become one of the top 10 most attended museums in the United States.  Most of the exterior shots feature the Burke Baker Planetarium, which was opened in 1964.  The museum even offers an overnight, but only for chaperoned children 6 - 12.  The Nash House is located less than 2 miles away. 
Location: Houston, TX
Coordinates: 29.721513, -95.389768
Visible on Street View: Yes
Links:
Unfortunately, Scream Factory's blu-ray is completely bare-bones, offering no behind-the-scenes information on the film's production.  I did find these two articles that provide a little background information on the film:

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