Tuesday, March 19, 2019

The Last Victim (1975) aka Forced Entry


The Last Victim (1975) was the first movie for both director Jim Sotos (Sweet Sixteen, Hot Moves) and actress Tanya Roberts (Tourist Trap, Charlie's Angels, That '70s Show).  It also features a brief appearance by a pre-Carrie Nancy Allen in one of her first roles.  The movie was recently released on blu-ray, however it is a severely edited version missing over ten minutes of footage.  

The Ulman House - 15 Birdseye Glen
The Ulman House - 15 Birdseye Glen
The Ulman House - 15 Birdseye Glen
The Ulman House - 15 Birdseye Glen
The Ulman House - 15 Birdseye Glen



A majority of the movie was filmed in Verona, New Jersey with some additional filming in Staten Island.  The primary location is the home of Nancy Ulman (Tanya Roberts) and her family.  It is located on Birdseye Glen in suburban Verona, about 2 miles from the since demolished Essex Mountain Sanatorium where Doom Asylum (1988) was filmed.  The house appears almost entirely unchanged from its onscreen appearance nearly 45 years ago! 
Location: Verona, NJ
Coordinates: 40.822313, -74.244183
Visible on Street View: Yes
Links:
Hill Place

 
 
Verona Public Library
Verona Municipal Building
Verona Civic Center

At one point in the film, Nancy Ulman drops her kids off at the Verona Public Library.  The Verona Municipal Building can be seen in the background, as well as a bronze statue honoring Verona's World War I veterans located in the grassy park across the street.  This little square is known as the Verona Civic Center.
Location: Verona, NJ
Coordinates: 40.832749, -74.246144 
Visible on Street View: Yes
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Monday, September 3, 2018

Daddy's Girl (1996)


It's been a while.  I watched Daddy's Girl (1996) the other night and the locations were super easy to find, so I figured I'd throw a little post together for old time's sake.  This movie was a '90s suburban thriller from Canadian producer Pierre David, who made a string of these similar thrillers throughout the '90s including The Paperboy (1994), The Neighbor (1993), Stalked (1994), The Nurse (1997), The Landlady (1998), The Dentist (1996), etc.  He's still making the same kind of movies, only now geared towards Lifetime instead of the '90s straight-to-video market.  

The Mitchell House - 21439 Celtic Ct
The Mitchell House - 21439 Celtic Ct
The Michell House - 21439 Celtic Ct
Grandmother's House - 21311 Celtic St
Grandmother's House - 21311 Celtic St
Grandmother's House - 21311 Celtic St
The Landers House - 21319 Celtic St



The three main houses in the movie are all located on Celtic St in Chatsworth.  The Mitchell family home, where Don and Barbara live with their evil adopted daughter Jody and niece Karen, is located in Celtic Ct, a quiet cul-de-sac at the end of the street.  Grandmother lives just a short walk down the road, and real estate agent Rachel Landers and her daughter Claire live right next door to grandma.  It's funny to see Rachel driving up to grandmother's house near the end of the movie, considering she lives right next door.  She probably could have just walked!

Location: Chatsworth, CA
Coordinates (The Mitchell House): 34.271755, -118.598806
Coordinates (Grandmother's House): 34.271140, -118.596038
Coordinates (The Landers House): 34.271130, -118.596329
Visible on Street View: Yes
Links:
Zillow (The Mitchell House)
Zillow (Grandmother's House)
Zillow (The Landers House)

Bridges Academy - Studio City, CA
Bridges Academy - Studio City, CA
Bridges Academy - Studio City, CA
Thanks to a conveniently placed street sign featured in the movie, Jody's school was an extremely easy find.  The school is Bridges Academy in Studio City.  The interior of this building served as the hallways of Westerburg High in Heathers (1988).  The Remington University alley where Winona Ryder infamously said "Lick it up, baby!  Lick it up!" is also located here on the campus.  The entrance featured in Daddy's Girl is located at the corner of Maxwellton Rd and Mound View Ave. 
Location: Studio City, CA
Coordinates: 34.141079, -118.395267
Visible on Street View: Yes
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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
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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
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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
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