Where was this filmed?
Anyone have any clue at all??share
Our upcoming DVD release from Code Red DVD which has been transferred from a beautiful 35mm print and will be available for the first time in its original widescreen aspect ratio of 1:2.35 (having been shot in Techniscope) addresses your question as much as is possible by way of the on-camera interviews you'll see as well as our commentary track with Willard Huyck and Gloria Katz.
The film itself was entirely shot in the Los Angeles area, except for the motel that served as the setting for Elisha Cook Jr.'s only appearance in the film. That hotel, we're told, was in Orange County, but no one remembers its exact location. As for the rest of the locations, memories of those who are participating with our release (namely Willard Huyck, Gloria Katz, Billy Weber and Morgan Fisher) are understandably faded, but we have been able to confirm the following locations:
The Ralph's Store where Anitra Ford meets her fate is still standing (though vastly renovated) at the corner of Buena Vista and Victory in Burbank, California.
The movie theatre where Joy Bang dies was and still is known as The Fox Venice. Though the building maintains much of the familiar facade (as well as the marquee and verticle sign) the structure itself now functions as a thrift store.
As for Joseph Long's house -- the setting for most of the film -- no one seems to recall the exact location of the house that served as the exterior, except that it was a beach house in Malibu, California (of which there are MANY). The interiors, we're told, were shot in what is now an apartment complex in the Silver Lake area of Los Angeles, but we're still trying to determine the exact location.
Other locations: The Mobile station is located off of the 101 freeway near Mulholland Drive, past Woodland Hills. The art gallery where Mariana Hill meets with Morgan Fisher was on Melrose, but the building itself seems to have replaced with a new building.
The long, extensive hallway that appears at the beginning of the film during Mariana Hill's opening monologue ("no one can hear you SCREAM!") was a hallway at the Technicolor facilities where much of the film was processed.
I hope this is helpful...
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Messiah Of Evil is one of the greatest Horror movies ever made, and I for one am thrilled to hear about this long overdue release. When should we be expecting it?share
Excellent! I'm glad you guys didn't let the readily-available public-domain versions stop you from arranging a top-quality DVD. I have a lot of Code Red DVDs and they're all top quality, so I'm very psyched about this. I'll definitely be buying one. Hell, I may buy two or three, as much as I love this film. Thanks for working on it!share
I was curious about this, too, years back.
If you watch the scenes where Anitra is walking in town before the Ralph's meat counter encounter, many of the shop windows display an area code that turns out to be Santa Clara, CA.
That is amazing; I just figured this was filmed in some small coastal town. The "main street" type locations when the cops are shooting the ghouls - where was that? When Thom is running through town after abandoning his search for the girl who died in the theater? That was LA? Had no idea and I've lived here my whole life!
Anyone know the exact streets?
Thank you so much for your post. It was the single most straightforward, informative, and helpful post I've ever read. I greatly appreciate Code Red DVD, but unfortunately I only have The Dead Pit, The Forest, and Sole Survivor as of now. I plan to get the Messiah of Evil release, and keep an eye out for others I may be interested in. Thank you for keeping forgotten horror alive.share