Five Iconic Horror Film Locations in Pasadena

Published : Monday, October 30, 2017 | 7:44 PM

From Top Clockwise: Arnie of Christine The Evil Car, 1073 Highland St Pasadena; Morningside Cemetery in Phantasm; Sorority House in Scream 2 - 350 S. Grand Ave., Pasadena; Michael Myer's House in Halloween at 1000 Mission St., South Pasadena.

Andy Barclay's foster home

Just about now, people from all over world come to Pasadena and to visit locations used at settings for a number of Hollywood horror films. 1983′s Christine, by John Carpenter, the 1979 horror flick Phantasm by Don Coscarelli; 1997′s Scream 2 by Wes Craven and Kevin Williamson; John Carpenter’s 1978 classic Halloween; and the 1990 supernatural slasher film Child’s Play 2, written by Don Mancini and directed by John Lafia.

Christine, the “evil” car that possesses its owners to kill, was bought by teen Arnie Cunningham(played by Keith Gordon) who soon becomes obsessed with his new purchase. In the film, Arnie lives at 1073 Highland Street in South Pasadena. Additional scenes were shot in Burbank, Newhall, Oak Park, Lincoln Heights, Santa Clarita, and West Hollywood.

The entrance to Morningside Cemetery in Phantasm is actually the gates to a former 1916 Mediterranean estate once owned by lumber magnate Charles Cobb along N. Lake Avenue in Altadena. After Cobb died in 1939, the property went through a succession of different owners until the Marx Brothers finally purchased it. They demolished the residence in 1959 but left the entrance gates unaltered. Today the 107-acre site, which is reportedly haunted, serves as a popular hiking area.

The sorority house where Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) is relaxing at a party while CiCi (Sarah Michelle Gellar) meets the Ghostface killer in Scream 2 is at 350 South Grand Avenue at Arbor Street in Pasadena. The theater frontage scenes were shot at the Rialto Theater at 1023 S. Fair Oaks Avenue in South Pasadena.

Michael Myers’ house in Halloween is at 1000 Mission Street in South Pasadena as well. The little blue house was moved to its current location from 707 Meridian Avenue. The setting was the fictitious town of Haddonfield, Illinois.

After filming, the house lay dormant until 1987 when the threat of demolition came to light. A South Pasadena councilman, David Margrave, saw that the house was about to be demolished, and he struck a deal with the owner to buy it for $1—as long as he kept it intact, and moved it somewhere else. It was a heroic save, and not long after, the city of South Pasadena declared the house as a California landmark.

In Child’s Play 2, Andy Barclay’s foster home, a large two-story Craftsman residence located on a quiet street, is at 2035 Milan Avenue in South Pasadena. It is where Chucky, the demon doll, tracks Andy down and continues with his plan to possess his body.

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