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Hollywood's Love Affair with Oregon Coast Continues

(Oregon Coast) - Hollywood's love affair with the Oregon Coast comes and goes over the years, apparently happening in spurts.


It's happened again in recent months, with Monday night's episode of "Surface" on NBC set in Seaside, and two films involving the Manzanita area this year.

On the January 2 episode of "Surface," Oregon's coast was only referred to as the setting for part of the episode: type ran at the bottom of the screen proclaiming the location of that scene to be Seaside, Oregon.

The scene involved two of the main characters getting rescued off the Oregon coast and being hospitalized in Seaside.

Manzanita has gotten a lot of the Hollywood treatment this past year. 2005's remake of the John Carpenter classic horror film “The Fog” was set in a fictional island off the north Oregon coast.

No shots of Neahkahnie Mountain or Manzanita were in the movie, as it was filmed entirely in Vancouver, British Columbia. Still, use of the location by mention is ironic, considering the rumors here of buried treasure and legendary shipwrecks.

A movie filled this year in Tillamook County does focus on Manzanita and its legends, however. Bright Light Studios of Santa Monica, California, has been filming “Tillamook Treasure” in Tillamook and Manzanita since spring of last year, including footage at Fourth of July parade in Manzanita.

The movie is described by co-producer Richard Doyon as a family flick about a family that moves to the area, and the daughter goes treasure hunting on Neahkahnie Mountain.

Doyon co-wrote the script with his wife, Portland native Jane Hall, who spent much time in Manzanita while growing up.

According to the Oregon Film & Video Office, this association goes back all the way to 1908 with "The Fisherman's Bride" in Astoria - the first film on record to be made here.Here's a list of more Oregon coast places on celluloid:

In Lincoln City, the area saw the first wave of filming since the first flick. It took another 60 years after Fisherman's Bride, but the second movie filmed in the state was Ken Kesey's "Sometimes A Great Notion" in 1970 (not counting parts of "The Great Race" just north of Seaside in 1965). One famous spot from the movie is a building along the river - where the Kernville Steak and Seafood House now sits. In 1975, the Central Coast also hosted part of Kesey's "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest."

In Newport: "Hysterical" was filmed here in 1981, as well as in Depoe Bay and Cannon Beach. "The Hardy Boys" filmed a Halloween episode inside the Yaquina Head Lighthouse. The production crew was later sued by state authorities because they trashed it. You'll also find 1991's "Frameup" and the first "The Ring" with tidbits of this area. "Fahrenheit 9-11" had a bit filmed in Florence.


The erotic "Claire of the Moon" has chunks of the northern coastline in it. Parts of "Point Break," starring Keanu Reeves, were made in Cannon Beach and Wheeler (until a few years ago, there was an antique shop in Wheeler that had an autographed photo of Reeves on the wall, signed to the owner, calling her "Mom"). "The Temp" came out of this area in the early 90's as well.

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Astoria didn't show up again in the annals of film history until 1981, with "California Mix." Shortly after, it grabbed the lion's share of films produced on the coast. "Short Circuit," both installments of "Free Willy," "Kindergarten Cop," "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III" and of course, "Goonies" are part of this town's history now. Parts of "Goonies" were made in Cannon Beach as well. Most recently, "The Ring II" was the last time Hollywood touched down here.

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