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Bloated Overblown No heart Post-modernism The Grinch swearing Inane backstory The list goes on... The OP couldn’t be more wrong. Starman is an excellent movie, with well defined characters, interesting sci-fi, and a deep sense of humanity, all wrapped around a beautiful love story. In November of 2008 a buddy and I took a road trip from Wisconsin down to Illinois to see some of the filming sites. We got into the Braidwood, but someone was staying in the “pillows” room. We took a picture outside the door. We also got a good shot of us sitting where Dell and Neal were when Owen pulled up. By the way, the whole place was dirty and dumpy. From there we visited the El Rancho motel. Once again we couldn’t get in a room, but we did sit in my car outside the room, just like Dell. We also had some small bottled drinks (yogurt) and Doritos while sitting in the car. Sure would’ve been cool to eat and drink those while actually in a room. The tiny lobby has a plaque/poster on the wall mentioning the movie was filmed there. This motel was also getting old and run down. The real coup de grace was seeing Neal’s house. We filmed ourselves walking toward the house, carrying a big cooler (in place of a chest like Dell had). Believe it or not, while we were standing on the sidewalk taking pictures, the owner of the house came home and began talking to us! She invited us in and we took a few pictures in the foyer. It looked pretty much the same. I did take one picture of the owner on the steps in the same spot as Neal’s wife. (Side note: the house was for sale for a cool 1.3 million.) The Home Alone house was also somewhere in that area, but we didn’t visit it. One more place we visited: the train station. It was old and dilapidated. I found a couple pieces of its siding in the grass, and I brought those home and my dad made picture frames from the wood. I still have it today, with a nice picture of the old station in it. It was quite a day! I can hear the snowflake melting from here. Ewww and yuck. I, too, would’ve loved a final episode that wrapped up any loose ends. There are two things in particular I would’ve liked to have seen: 1) The war ends and the pow’s gain their freedom. 2) Colonel Hogan decides to allow Klink to keep his legacy intact. Wow, you had a big gulp of the Kool-aid. I rewatched the movie this past week, and just now rewatched the Bonus Features. After viewing both, I’m with you bastach, I don’t think there was an actual door there. Movies are all about make believe, and all that was needed to create a door effect was some proper movements from Nurse Keating, plus a few sound effects and lights. We never see a door in the final product (except in insert shots from the nurse’s station POV), and nowhere in the Bonus Features do they make it clear. However, I’m in the “no door” camp because it just seems simpler for the timing of the scene. The actor carrying the autopsy shears couldn’t open it. He was standing there, shears up and ready to go. One thing that makes the scene so darn scary is we never expect someone to come out of that room behind the nurse. We’ve “seen” the door closed, and we’ve “heard” it being locked. Blatty was brilliant with this scene and our expectations. You’re 30 minutes in and you’re on your phone posting about it? How about putting the phone down, like a grown up, and watching the movie. Good grief. I’m praying for you. View all replies >