Ghoulies was released into theaters on March 2nd, 1985. Filming locations include Los Angeles, Ca. Charles Band of Full Moon Pictures served as Executive Producer. This was Mariska Hargitay's first movie, she would later go on to star in Freddy's Nightmare's episode Freddy's Tricks and Treats but most people know her from the long running television show Law & Order in which she has appeared in 446 episodes to date. The score was composed by Richard Band. Only fifteen minutes and seven seconds of the music was actually scored for the film with the remaining music coming from previous Richard Band scored films like Parasite and The Alchemist. The gothic organ music that underscored the dinner party is unavailable and was most likely lost. Songs featured in the film include Dancing With a Monster and Surrender performed by Fela Johnson and The Johnsons. The films first DVD release came on September 14th, 2010 as a double feature alongside Ghoulies II.
Jonathan Graves' mansion - 1824 N. Curson Ave. Los Angeles, Ca. 90046
The majority of filming was done at the Wattles Mansion and Gardens. Architects Myron Hunt and Elmer Grey designed the Mission Revival residence in 1907 for Gurdon Wattles with grounds featuring a Japanese garden, a formal Spanish garden, a palm court and orchards. After Gurdon Wattles passed away in 1932 his wife and son Gurdon Wallace Wattles Jr. continued to live on the property until 1965 when Wattles Jr. sold the residence to the city of Los Angeles. In March of that year the city of Los Angeles Board of Recreation and Parks Commission adopted Resolution 5135 designating the Wattles estate as an acquisition area, and purchased the property for $1,917,000 in June 1968. Hollywood Heritage, a non-profit preservation organization began restoration in 1983. On May 25th, 1993 it was designated as City of Los Angeles Cultural Monument No. 579. The mansion is two stories with a full basement. The first-floor rooms include a paneled library, a formal dining room, a large living room with a picture window to the south gardens, two large bathrooms off the entrance hall, a servant's dining hall and a kitchen and pantry. Five bedrooms and three baths are on the second floor. Some of the gardens surrounding Wattles Mansion have been designated as Wattles Park. Today the mansion and gardens are open to the public (please check hours of operation prior to visiting). Some notable productions here over the years include Rain Man, Troop Beverly Hills and The O.C. season 3 episode The Man of the Year.