Chicago the Scene of Some Frightening Shootings

October 30, 2010

If you are ever going to sit through a scary movie, Halloween weekend is the time to do it.

Now, witch to watch? (Play on words, not a typo.)

Why not add an extra exciting element to your viewing pleasure by seeing a horror movie that was filmed in Chicago?

The Chicago Tribune has put out a list of the Top 10 frightening movies filmed in our town:

The Relic

The Field Museum looks scary in this promo for The Relic.

*The Relic: This movie involves Chicago’s Field Museum at 1400 Lake Shore Drive, and much of the movie was shot there.

*Nightmare on Elm Street: A swimming pool sequence was shot at Elk Grove High School in Elk Grove Village; other scenes were filmed at John Hersey High School in Arlington Heights.

*The Unborn: A locker room scene was filmed at Libertyville High School in Libertyville. The Harlo Grill in Melrose Park was also shown briefly.

*The Amityville Horror: The 2005 remake was filmed inside 1500 Busch Parkway, a warehouse in Buffalo Grove. The exterior was shot in a Salem, Wisconsin home.

*Candyman: It would be hard to revisit the filming locale of this movie: It was in the now mostly demolished Cabrini-Green housing project. Also filmed on the UIC campus, which is still there.

*Child’s Play: Pay attention and you’ll notice Chicago throughout this flick. The Brewster Apartments, 2800 N. Pine Grove Avenue in the Lake View neighborhood, was a main filming site.

Poltergeist III

Recognize that Chicago skyscraper?

*The Fury: Remember Old Chicago in Bolingbrook, the indoor amusement park? It was razed in 1986 but was forever immortalized in this movie, which also shot scenes on Astor Street and North Avenue Beach, where you can see Chicago actor Jim Belushi make his on-screen debut.

*Poltergeist III: The exterior of the John Hancock building on Michigan Avenue was the star of this show. There was also a small scene at Water Tower Place.

*Damien: Omen II: This movie was shot at City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle St., Graceland Cemetery, 4001 N. Clark St., Lake Forest Academy, 1500 W. Kennedy Rd., and O’Hare Airport.

*Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer: Henry worked at a business on the corner of North Avenue and Wood Street and live at a building on the 1500 block of North Avenue.

We’re going to add:

Stir of Echoes house.

This house at 3619 W. George St. is where Stir of Echoes was filmed.

*North by Northwest: This Hitchcock thriller starring Cary Grant includes scenes at the LaSalle Street Station and the Ambassador East Hotel.

*Stir of Echoes: Kevin Bacon wasn’t separated from Chicago in this film, shot at a home at 3619 W. George Street in Chicago; the neighbor’s house, 3609 W. George; the party house, 1427 N. Wicker Park Ave.; the old Saint Rita High School location; Oak Wood Cemetery on 67th Street and more.

*The Dark Knight: I thought this movie was pretty scary! You can see Chicago throughout it at 34 city locations, including Bruce Wayne’s penthouse bedroom at Hotel 71 on E. Wacker, Trump Tower on N. Wabash, Navy Pier, the Sears Tower, Daley Plaza, the Chicago Theatre and McCormick Place.

Not yet released:

Contagion movie being filmed in the Glen

This is the home in the Glen where "The Contagion" will be filmed next week.

*Transformers III: Of course this movie isn’t out yet, but how can we not include it after everything our city went through to get it filmed this summer in downtown Chicago?

*Contagion: This is the latest film to set up shop here. The story involves the outbreak of a deadly disease, and that sounds scarier than a Chucky doll coming to get me. The movie will be filmed on November 4 and 5 at a home at 2249 Mint Lane in the Glen in Glenview. There will also be scenes at the Sara Lee headquarters in Downers Grove, Sherman Hospital in Elgin, another home in Wilmette and other Chicago area locations.

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