MOVIE LOCATIONS, THEN AND NOW:
The Blob 1958
This is the Doctor's house in the movie. Actual location: Phoenixville Pennsylvania.
Obviously it has been painted different colors over the years, probably to keep people like me from stopping and taking pictures of the house.
Walking out of the Theater in the movie.
One of the most famous scenes in the movie.
There she is, The famous Colonial Theater in Phoenixville Pennsylvania. They have Blob Fest annually where they show the film and re-enact the famous running out of the Theater scene.
Look how fake the background looks. Obviously they shot the Blob in front of a picture showing the Colonial Theater.
Going into the Market in the movie.
They totally reconstructed the entire outside of the building and it looks nothing like it did in the movie today.
It still looked like this when I was a kid in the 80's. This is in my hometown of Royersford Pennsylvania.
Like I said, It looks nothing like it did in the movie, but that's it, That is where they filmed the Market scenes.
"Mystery Street" as it is called, My grandparents lived on this street right behind where the camera is shooting this scene.
Royersford Pennsylvania. It looks almost identical today. Another movie coming out soon called "The Lovely Bones" filmed by Peter Jackson was also filmed in this spot. I was standing on top the building where the stairs are watching them film the movie. Mark Wahlberg came up and talked to us for a little bit in between shooting.,
The famous Downingtown Diner, I just recently moved really close to this spot. It is on Rt. 30 in Downingtown.
Like the Market place location, It has totally changed. The building in the movie was moved, to be in other movies I think the story goes, and now stands this building which is now called Chef's. This is where they filmed the Diner scenes.
Dawn of the Dead 1978
George Romero must have really liked this spot, because it is in a lot of shots in the movie.
I took a trip to Pittsburgh with some friends a few years back and we went to the Monroeville Mall where the movie was filmed. It looks the same today as it does in the film. I took these pics with my phone. There is a shrine in the mall somewhere with zombies on the picture stating that the movie was filmed there.
There's that damn escalator again shot on the top floor of the mall.
There it is again from behind.
This is at the end of the movie when all hell breaks loose.
Same exact shot I took with my phone.
Another random shot, wanted to show you how identical the place looks today.
Picture I took with my phone. As you can see, the place looks the same. I know the shots don't match up here, but you get the idea.
Taking over the mall in the film.
These are not the same stairs as the shot on the left, but they look similar as hell.
Evan Almighty 2007
This is in Waynesboro Virginia. My grandparents lived here for years. My Grandfather actually owns a restaurant on this street further up. Every summer I would visit my Grandparents and I have driven on this road hundreds of times.
Same shot, I took this pic on my way up the Blue Ridge Mountains. Looks like the store kept the sign the prop department gave them.
I actually bought my first guitar amp here years before the movie was filmed here.
A closer shot of the music store.
This shot is on the same road as the previous shots, this is a real movie theater. My Grandparents took me here to see movies when I would visit them. I can remember seeing "The Nutty Professor" here.
The Hummer is heading towards my Grandfathers restaurant.
Identical shot I took while driving. This was taken a few years ago and the movie theater was under construction. I visited my Grandparents last summer, and the theater was still under construction.
On top the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia. The view and the sights are amazing.
There's me, this pic looks identical to the one on the left.
My Grandparents and I on the set way back in 1988! I'm the little boy on the left wearing all blue!!!!!!
This is the first sight seeing spot on top of the mountains. The sign shows you how high up you are. I' ve been coming here since I was a little kid. I've taken many of my old girl-friends to this place. You take them here, and your definitely gonna score.
This shot is a combination of real life and digital effects. The rocks are real, but they are higher up on the mountain. They also digitally changed the landscape and put a river running through the middle of the shot.
This is how it looks in real life. As you can see, there are houses and there is no river running through the middle.
A closer look at the landscape that didn't make it into the movie.
The Happening 2008
Taking refuge in the Filbert Diner in the movie.
For a long time, they kept the Filbert sign up but recently changed it. Larry's Automotive still kept there sign up.
Mark Wahlberg walking towards the restaurant.
Same shot as the one on the left.
Scene in the movie, Rt. 724 in real life.
RT. 724 in real life. I know the pics don't match up, but you get the idea.
Close up shot of The Berg in movie.
Driving further away in film
Identical shot I took of Rt. 724
Leaving his Daughter behind in movie.
You can actually read the sign here.
Gardener's house in the movie. I used to live about two miles from those power plants. I've been staring at them for years. My Dad at one time worked there when he was younger. I hope he didn't pass on any Radiation to me.
Looks Identical today as it did in the film.
The Berg inside the green house.
Obviously I couldn't go inside, so I took an outside picture. Notice the back of the giant fans that appear in the shot to the left.
The characters inside the green house.
Again I couldn't go in, so here it is from the outside.
Marley and Me 2008
These are my former stomping grounds. This is in West-Chester Pennsylvania. I Attended college here for two years. I have walked this street many a times blacked out drunk. It was a time I'll never forget, if only I could remember. One of my best-friends lived on this street right above a bar.
If you look to the upper right, you can see The Landmark bar.
Oh West-Chester. If I hadn't spent most of my college days on this bar infested street, I might have finished and did better in school. Oh well, the drunk and wasted memories I cherish.
Again look to the upper right and you can see The Landmark bar.
And there it is in real life.
It's amazing what digital imagery can do. This is the spot but look how different it looks in the film.
Again look at the difference. They made it look bigger in the film and gave the place an extra door.
My old college roommate used to work at that Pretzel Factory.
How it looks during the day.
West-Chester the best Chester.
Identical pic as the one on the left.
Background of the Dub-C.
RECYCLED MOVIE LOCATIONS
Zack and Miri Make A Porno 2008
Kevin Smith filmed this movie in the same mall as Dawn of the Dead. I believe he said "this was as close to a zombie movie I can make". He was obviously a fan.
There's no doubt it's the same mall. Look at the pillars.
Again showing the pillars.
On that damn escalator again.
On the escalator again. Look behind Seth, the pic on the right shows what they are.
The two blue castle like things.
Enough with the damn escalator.
Obviously a tribe to Dawn of the Dead. The hockey teams name is The Monroeville Zombies.
Killer Instinct 2000
A low budget horror film, shot in and around West-Chester. This film maker must be a huge fan of The Blob.
Walking out after He and Dee Wallace got into an argument.
Dee Wallace chasing after this dude.
And here we are, the same location as The Diner scenes in The Blob.
This dude looks like he wants to kill Dee Wallace.
I wonder if Chef got a nice chunk of change to let these guys film here.
This is towards the end of the movie, there's Chef's!
I'm gonna stop in there for lunch on my way home sometime and check out the inside.
More to Come....................
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