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More Halloween!

Last year, during our annual Haunted Halloween tour, I dragged my boyfriend to the two houses where Jamie Lee Curtis and her friend babysit in the movie Halloween.  The final action sequence in the movie takes place at these two houses, which are located across the street from each other.  Even though I had never seen the movie Halloween, being that it was the season, I just had to stalk it.  🙂   I seriously need to rent this movie!

The first house I dragged my boyfriend to was the Doyle Family home where Jamie Lee Curtis babysits Tommy and Lindsay Doyle at the end of the movie.  The Doyle home is a very cute house and it actually looks like it should be located in the Pasadena area.  Being that the majority of the filming of Halloween  actually took place in Pasadena, I am very surprised that the producers didn’t just find a home there to use.  These location decisions always fascinate me and I would love to find out the reasoning behind them!  Someday I really need to sit down with a location scout to pick their brain!

Anyway, the next house we stalked is located directly across the street from the Doyle house.  It is the house where Jamie Lee’s best friend Annie babysits and also where she meets her untimely end.  From what I can tell from the screen captures, this house looks very different from how it appeared in Halloween.   While the front porch area is still recognizable from the movie, it appears that the home was somewhat modernized in recent years and a side garage was added.  I so hate it when movie homes are remodeled!  Filming locations should really be designated historical landmarks so that the exteriors are protected and forced to remain the same for eternity.  🙂  I mean I think I would seriously cry if anyone ever remodeled the 90210  house!  LOL

Until next time, Happy Stalking! 🙂

Stalk It: The home where Jamie Lee Curtis babysits is located at 1530 North Orange Grove Avenue in Hollywood.  The house where her friend Annie babysits is located directly across the street at 1537 North Orange Grove.

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Scream, Again!

To continue with October’s Halloween theme, this weekend I sent my Aunt Lea out once again to do a little Scream stalking.  And this one was definitely a collaborative effort.  Her mission, and she chose to accept it, was to stalk the grocery store used in my favorite horror movie.  There had been some confusion on my part, though, as to what grocery store was actually used.  While doing some cyber-stalking, I had read that a store named the Town and Country Market in Santa Rosa was the grocery store featured in Scream, but at the same time I couldn’t seem to find any sort of market in the area that went by that name. 

Lea had an inkling, though, that the location used was actually a grocery store called Pacific Market, which happened to be located on a street named Town and Country Road.  Turns out she was right, and in fact, what she found out in the course of her stalking is that during the time of filming 13 years ago, the market was actually named Town and Country.  A few years ago, though, it was purchased by the family-owned Pacific Market chain and the name was changed.  So, on Saturday evening Lea dragged her husband, Steve, out to Santa Rosa’s Pacific Market to do a little stalking for me.  And apparently I am teaching Lea well, as after snapping some pics, she went up to one of the checkers to verify that the store was in fact used in Scream.  Lea said she looked for the oldest checker on duty as she figured he had the greatest chance of working there at the time of filming.  Nice!  Anyway, the checker verified that filming did in fact take place at that location back in 1995, but that since it was owned by a different company at the time, no one who worked at Town and Country during the filming was currently employed there.  😦  Bummer!  But the good news is that even though the store was purchased by a new owner, for the most part the exterior looks exactly the same as it did in the Scream days.  

Pacific Market is a fairly small, gourmet market specializing in locally-grown fresh produce, fine wine, and organic food.  The market is actually only featured in one short scene towards the end of Scream.  It is the location where Tatum and Sidney stock up on snacks for the party at Stu’s house after school gets cancelled for the day.  In the scene, the girls are first shown entering the grocery store through a side entrance.

A few seconds later we see them walking down the frozen food aisle, while discussing Sidney’s relationship issues.  At the very end of that scene, as the girls walk away from the freezer section, a reflection of the killer wearing the ghost mask appears on one of the freezer doors.   Love it!  I absolutely can’t wait to visit the grocery store myself someday.  🙂

Big thank you to my newest stalkers, Lea and Steve!

Until next time, Happy Stalking!  🙂

Stalk It: Pacific Market is located at 1465 Town and Country Drive in Santa Rosa, CA.

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“If They’d Watch Prom Night, They’d Save Time!”

On a recommendation from E.J. over at The Movieland Directory, I recently purchased a GREAT book called “The Worldwide Guide to Movie Locations“.  I was completely floored to discover an entire section in the book dedicated to one of my favorite movies of all time – a little horror flick called Scream.  Now, while I have admitted before that I was always too much of a scaredy cat to watch horror movies, Scream came out when I was in college, so I was pretty much past my scaredy cat stage by then.  Scream  was actually the very first scary movie I ever watched and I have to admit that I became a bit obsessed with it. The majority of Scream  was filmed on location in Northern California and I actually stalked a few of the filming sites many, many years ago.  But my new book listed some locations that I previously hadn’t known about.  I usually don’t like to blog about locations that I haven’t visited myself, but since I don’t live in Northern California anymore, I enlisted my Aunt Lea to do some Scream  stalking for me.  Her first assignment – to stalk the video store where the movie-obsessed character of Randy works.   

  

In real life the video store is called Bradley Video and it was was featured in only one scene in Scream  as the location where all the high school kids rent scary movies after school is shut down for the day. In Scream, only the interior of Randy’s video store is shown and I actually had to send my aunt back to Bradley’s to stalk it a second time as the first time she didn’t get any interior shots. LOL  Ah, the thing’s we’ll do for family!  It was at Bradley’s Video that Randy, while talking about Sidney’s dad, tells Stu about the formula of scary movies.  He says, “His body will come popping up in the last reel somewhere. Eyes gouged out, fingers cut off, teeth knocked out! See, the police are always off track with this shit! If they’d watch Prom Night, they’d save time! There’s a formula to it. A very simple formula! Everybody’s a suspect!”  This conversation is shown in the above screen captures. 

A BIG THANK YOU to my Aunt Lea for stalking this location for me. 

Until next time, Happy Stalking!  🙂

Stalk It: Bradley Video is located at 3080 Marlow Road in Santa Rosa, California.

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Halloween

Hi, my name is Lindsay Blake and I have never seen the movie Halloween.  I know, I know – it’s like sacrilege or something, especially since Halloween is my favorite holiday.  I’ve also never seen any of the Friday, the 13th  movies.  But I’ve always been kind of a scaredy cat, so as a teenager I was way too afraid to watch any sort of horror flick.   I fully intend to rent and finally watch them this Halloween season, though.  In the meantime, even though I have yet to see the movie, I did some Halloween  stalking this past weekend.   Halloween  supposedly takes place in Haddonfield, Illinois, but in reality all of the filming was done in the L.A. area. 

        

   

This weekend I set out to stalk Jamie Lee Curtis’ house from the movie, which is actually located in South Pasadena, not far from Michael Meyer’s childhood home  and the Pretty In Pink house.   In the movie, pretty much only a side view of the house is shown, so when we first drove up I didn’t recognize it at all.  I actually thought we were in the wrong place, until I rounded the corner and saw the side of the house, which I am happy to report looks exactly the same as it did thirty years ago when filming took place. 

       

    

The front of the home actually looks completely different than the side.   The front of the house is a very cute, very typical South Pasadena style Craftsman home.  The side of the house does not have any Craftsman features at all.  It has more of a traditional American feel to it, so it was odd to see. 

       

 

The next Halloween  location I set out to stalk  – the street where Jamie Lee Curtis and her friends walk home from school and Michael Meyes drives by in his station wagon – is also located in South Pasadena.  The most recognizable part of the street where the girls walk is a large stone pillared half-wall located on a corner, which amazingly also looks EXACTLY the same thirty years later.  Very cool!!!  🙂 

Big THANKS to Mike from MovieShotsLA  for the above screen captures!  🙂

Until next time, Happy Stalking! 

Stalk It: Jamie Lee Curtis’ house is located at 1115 Oxley Street, at the corner of Oxley Street and Fairview Avenue, in South Pasadena.  The stone wall the girls walk by is located on the corner of Fairview Avenue and Highland Street, also in South Pasadena, just around the corner from Lady Heather’s house on CSI.

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