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Crew Brings Monsters to Oregon Town
Oregon) – The north Oregon coast city of Astoria is again
basking in Hollywood’s glow, with yet another movie that was
filmed there recently slowly wrapping up post production.
is the name of the latest bit of celluloid to cash in on the atmosphere
of Astoria and the north Oregon coast. The film is the brainchild
of Seattleites Grant Cogswell and Dan Gildark, based on the spooky
story “The Shadow Over Innsmouth” by horror vanguard
H. P. Lovecraft.
The movie stars
Jason Cottle (1999’s “The Haunting of Hell House”),
Tori Spelling, Cara Buono (“The Hulk”), Amy Minderhout,
Dennis Kleinsmith, Richard Garfield, Brian Padilla (of “Bonanza”),
Ian Geoghegan, Nancy Stark and Hunter Stroud.
Though the original story
was set on the East Coast in the 1920’s – as most all
of Lovecraft’s interweaving stories were – Cogswell
and crew opted for Astoria because he had been entranced with the
place’s atmosphere some eight years ago.
an interview with Fangoria Magazine published
online this week, Cogswell reveals that a former Astoria resident
told him he believed Astoria was the real Innsmouth, pointing to
some 40 aspects of this area of Northwest Oregon and Innsmouth that
were very similar.
According to Fangoria,
Cogswell says: “There was a Coast Guard cutter tied up near
a dock where we were shooting called the Alert. In Lovecraft’s
story ‘The Call of Cthulhu,’ the crew that discovers
the lost city of R’lyeh is on a merchant ship called the Alert.
We didn’t notice until we were editing the film. What the
hell are the chances of that?”
was filmed in Seattle and in Astoria throughout the fall, including
some final shots taken on Del Rey Beach and in town as late as April
6, according to the film’s blog. Some filming was also done
in the Seattle Underground area, where the original “Night
Stalker” series had been filmed once. One scene on Del Rey
Beach, south of Warrenton, included some 200 extras dressed as monsters
coming out of the water.
The film deals with a
college professor from Seattle who returns to his strange family
on the Oregon coast to settle the remainder of his mother’s
estate. He discovers his father was involved in a dark cult that
practiced human sacrifices, and is quickly thrown into a fight to
save the world from an apocalypse.
Cogswell set the film
slightly in the future, at a time of looming environmental disasters,
which helped heighten “Cthulhu’s” tensions.
|Del Rey Beach
The film crew,
which stayed at the Astoria Red Lion during its production, utilized
a property near the 31st Street, turning a barn into a giant studio
where the cult would practice their evil crafts. They also made
use of several pier areas, and various properties around Astoria.
One spot near the west approach to Young’s Bay Bridge was
where they had made arrangements to burn a house down, but the Oregon
Department of Transportation vetoed those plans, even though they
had been cleared with the city.
the moviemaker’s blog, a neighbor near there sicked his dog
on a crew assistant when she came to the man’s house to ask
if the crew could park on his property.
No firm release
date has been set yet, and previous release dates have come and