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:

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