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  During the 80's and early 90's there was no shortage of horror movies for people's viewing pleasure.
After all, it was the era of the slasher film...and they were being cranked out at a tumultuous rate.
 
 
 
 
 
Most of the time I'd catch them on television and the Cinemax & HBO intro's would usually end up
paving the way for the feature presentation. So often in fact that they seemed to be part of the movie itself.
 
 
 
 
 
  
But my hands down favorite was always a visit to one of the local video stores. This was long before the likes
of Blockbuster and Hollywood Video hit the scene. Each store seemed to have it's own unique appeal to it. As soon as I'd walk through the door I was immediately mesmerized by the promotional standee displays and the colorful posters that lined the walls like an art gallery.
 
Easily my favorite movie poster of all time.
 
 
 
 
Another aspect of movies that had always intrigued me were their locations. Whether it was the remote woods in Friday the 13th, the dark blue Atlantic Ocean of Jaws or the flashing lights and roller coaster screams on the boardwalk in The Lost Boys. I often wondered, were they real places that anyone could voyage to or were they merely erected for the purpose of that particular film? Well...the answer would be both.
 
My very first location visit was to Quick Hill, the area where the majority of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre was filmed and it came courtesy of Tim Harden's groundbreaking website http://www.texaschainsawmassacre.net/.
This was before GPS was widely available and even though I'd never been to the Austin area I had very little trouble locating the spot, thanks to the reliable directions provided.
 
I remember it vividly. It was a sunny day, unusually warm for early January. As I made my way up the fenced off road I surveyed the surroundings and with each step what I was seeing resembled more and more what I had seen on the screen so many times. I must've stayed on that hill for almost two hours exploring and just taking it all in. So worth the near three-hundred mile detour and a day I'll never forget.
 
 
 
This site is for anyone who may wish to have a similar experience or even share theirs.
Happy hunting.
 

19 comments:

  1. Great site Paul. I appreciate all the work you put in. It took me back. Thanks

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    1. No problem and thanks Mr. Bishop, I appreciate it.

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  2. Love anything from our childhood (best ever growing up in the 80s and 90s!!). This is very well done and look forward to you adding more in the future! Like Goonies, E.T. Roxanne,

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  3. River's Edge, Ghostbusters so many....

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  4. Oops I know I didn't put just horror sorry!!

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    1. Thank you JediMom Tricks, I definitely plan on adding more! I actually visited The Goonies locations a few years back but the pics turned out so poorly I didn't even bother adding them to the site. Looking forward to going back though.

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  5. Paul - your website is amazing, such a gem! I can spend hours looking through these. Can't wait for some more iconic movies like Goonies. Do you go to all of these places yourself or are people contributing to you? All in all, this website/blog is gold.

    It would be nice to be able to search by location in addition to by movie, just a suggestion.

    And one day I will visit the Evil Dead site!

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    1. Thanks a lot Matt, I appreciate the kind words. I personally visit all of the locations but anyone who may want to send a pic of theirs for me to post are more than welcomed. Also, I appreciate the feedback.

      Hope you enjoy the Evil Dead locations as much as I did!

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  6. Paul, you need to figure out where Tourist Trap was filmed. I've often wondered where the gas station and waterfall is located.

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    1. I agree! I remember watching that movie when I was a kid.

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  7. Very cool site..... Was wondering if ya could do one on the movie Jeepers Creapers.. Would love to see that

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    1. Thanks Christopher! Last summer I actually visited the location of the church as well as the old abandoned building at the end (neither of which is there anymore). Private message me if you're interested in seeing the pics.

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  8. Hi Paul - Nigel here from the UK - can you watch the movie "The Car" and document its related movie locations? If you're interested I live close to Guildford which featured locations in The Omen II (the guildford cathedral) - I can send before/after shots for your site?

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  9. forgot to say in my previous post awesome site!

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    1. Thank you very much, Nigel. I finally got around to watching The Car and thought it featured some pretty neat and scenic filming locations. A location article for that film would certainly be a possibility.

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  10. Thats a great website. Thank you for all the work you put in here.
    It helps a lot planing the vacation in the US for us :)

    Greetings from Germany

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    1. Thank you, Kaffeefahrtin. Glad my website could help in regards to your visit to the U.S.

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  11. Hi Paul, are you still adding new stuff? I live in L.A. and frequent many old filming locations if you'd like any pics.

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    1. Thanks Nolan, but all the "now" pics I post on my site are one's that I've personally taken (unless noted otherwise). I just think visiting the locations myself and actually being where the movie magic happened is the funnest part of the experience. Appreciate the offer though ;)

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