Friday, December 1, 2017

Stranger Things (2016-)





A tv series set in the 1980s?  A show with an actual theme song?  Winona Ryder chewing copious amounts of scenery?  Sign. Me. Up.  Geeks and outcasts rejoice as Netflix presents Strangers Things, a sci-fi drama inspired by several films of the Reagan era including E.T. (1982), Poltergeist (1982), The Goonies (1985) and Stand By Me (1986).  Set in Hawkins, Indiana, the first season focuses on the disappearance of Will Byers after some shady goings on at the Hawkins National Laboratory.  His friends ban together with a mysterious girl with psychokinetic abilities to help bring Will home.  

Stranger Things was a hit with fans and most critics.  The season 2 trailer that debuted at San Diego Comic Con 2017 gave hope that a sophomore slump would be avoided.  And for the most part it was.  Season 2 dealt with the aftermath of the first as well as introducing a few new characters and a God-awful trip to The Windy City.  But that could be overlooked since we finally got Justice for Barb!



Stranger Things is filmed in East Point, Lithia Springs, Powder Springs, Winston, Palmetto, Fayetteville, Riverdale, Lithonia, Stone Mountain, Stockbridge, Tucker, Jackson and Atlanta, GA


Location: The Byers House
Address: 149 Coastline Rd, Fayetteville, GA

Thanks to Robert Patterson at Set-jetter.com for tracking down this location...






Location: The Wheeler House
Address: 2530 Piney Wood Lane, East Point, GA










Location: The Sinclair House
Address: 2550 Piney Wood Lane, East Point, GA







Location: The Henderson House
Address: 2886 Piney Wood Drive, East Point, GA





Location: Hawkins National Laboratory
Address: 1256 Briarcliff Rd NE, Atlanta, GA Emory University Building A











Location: Hawkins Middle School
Address: 109 S Lee Street, Stockbridge, GA

What would a little location hunting be without police interaction?  Ten minutes before I arrived, someone had set the alarm off trying to get into the school.  I only took a few photos before having to hand my license over. After I was given the okay, there was still heavy police presence so I made my visit brief so I will have to return at a later date for better coverage...









Location: Hawkins High School
Address: 109 S Lee Street, Stockbridge, GA

This is the same location as Hawkins Middle School...










Location: Hawkins Police Department 
Address: 48 Pray Street, Douglasville, GA







Location: Hawkins Public Library
Address: 22 2nd Street, Jackson, GA







The interior of the library was shot at 1629 Linwood Avenue & McGee Way, East Point, GA




Location: Melvald's General Store 
Address: 4 2nd Street, Jackson, GA















Season 1, "Chapter One: The Vanishing of Will Beyers"

Location: Tiffany's Kitchen
Address: 7413 Lee Road, Lithia Springs, GA  Tiffany's Kitchen











Season 1, "Chapter Two: The Weirdo on Maple Street"


Location: Lonnie's House
Address: 930 Garibaldi Street SW, Atlanta, GA











Location: Steve's House
Address: 8253 Carlton Road, Riverdale, GA





Season 1, "Chapter Four: The Body"

Location: Downtown Hawkins
Address: N Oak Street b/w 2nd & 3rd Street, Jackson, GA


















Location: The Hideaway
Address: 112 N Berry Street, Stockbridge, GA  Smokin' Cues











Production brought in booths during filming...











Season 1, "Chapter Five: The Flea and The Acrobat"

Location: Hawkins Cemetery
Address: 607 Rivers Road, Fayetteville, GA








Location: Hawk Cinema
Address: 12 Oak Street, Jackson, GA










Season 1, "Chapter Six: The Monster"

Location: Steve & Jonathan's Alley Fight
Address: South of 2nd Street & West of Oak Street, Jackson, GA













Location: Bradley's Big Buy
Address: 504 Center Street, Palmetto, GA  Bradley's Piggly Wiggly Express








I hope those produce boxes haven't been sitting there since the scene was filmed...








Eggos - The Reese's Pieces of 21st Century...












Location: The Van Chase & Flip
Address: starting at 1871 Joppa Lane, Tucker, GA





The kids race down the driveway 1855 Joppa Lane...





They head toward the cul de sac between 1832 and 1838.  I should've been one more house to the right :-/




The van flips between 3782 & 3788 Sarahs Lane...




Season 1, "Chapter Eight: The Upside Down"

Location: Hawkins General Hospital
Address: 2813 E Point Street, East Point, GA
First Baptists Church East Point







Season 2, "Chapter One: Madmax"

Location: Pittsburgh Apartment Building
Address: 81 Peachtree Place NE, Atlanta GA





Several shots had CGI effects to cover up the fact that filming took place in the Peach State...







Location: The Police Chase
Address: Cone Street b/w Marietta & Walton, Atlanta, GA








The chase continues turning onto Williams Street...




Then down an alley, which is Williams Street, b/w Fairly & Forsyth...




Location: The Tunnel
Address: Glenn Street SW b/w Metropolitan & Humphries, Atlanta, GA










The gang turns on Bluff Street b/w Murphy & Tift thinking they've lost the cops... 





Location: The Arcade
Address: 6501 Church Street, Douglasville, GA













Location: The Rotten Pumpkin Patch
Address: 628 Sleepy Hollow Road, Powder Springs, GA    Sleepy Hollow Farm

Something's rotten in the state of Indiana - their pumpkin patch!  Sleepy Hollow Farm conducted Stranger Things tours for a couple of weekends in November '17.  I found out on the last day and did not have time to for the full trek, but luckily the staff let me park and check out where the pumpkin patch and corn maze was...













Eleven sighting...




Some of Sleepy Hollow Farm's pumpkins suffered the same fate as Hawkins' pumpkins...







Location: Barb's House
Address: 2980 Piney Wood Drive, East Point, GA






Location: The Trick or Treat House
Address: 2545 Piney Wood Lane, East Point, GA






Season 2, "Chapter Five: Dig Dug"

Location: Driving to Murray Bauman's
Address: Margaret Street & Lakewood Avenue, Atlanta, GA






Season 2, "Chapter Six: The Spy"

Location: The Mayfield/Hargrove House
Address: 5280 Moore Street, Stone Mountain, GA









The backyard fence has changed, to keep out fans I'm sure.

Season 2, "Chapter Seven: The Lost Sister"

This episode sure gives The Golden Girls (1985-1992) backdoor pilot for Empty Nest (1988-1995) a run for it's money.  I, like so many, could've down without Eleven's trek to Chi-Town...


Location: Chicago Bus Stop
Address: Marietta Street NW b/w Forsyth & Broad, Atlanta, GA

The CGI continues...






Location: Downtown Chicago
Address: Broad Street NW b/w Marietta & Walton, Atlanta, GA










Location: Windy City Pawn
Address: Whatley Street SE & Jonesboro Rd SE, Atlanta, GA

Eleven travels into the future, landing in Chicago circa 2010 based on the skyline...




Location: Kali's Hideout
Address: 315-319 McDonough Boulevard SE, Atlanta, GA




A reverse shot of when the gang is walking.  The yellow house clued me in...







Location: Oscar's Gas n Go
Address: 7705 Covington Highway, Lithonia, GA  Ravi's Food Mart


















Season 2, "Chapter Nine: The Gate"

Location: Barb's Funeral
Address: 1033 Cemetery Circle, Stone Mountain, GA

This is toward the back left portion of the cemetery by the Tomason gravestone...





Season 3 Teaser Trailer

It was going to be hard to top the Season 2 trailer from last year, but the masterminds behind Stranger Things created a radical, bodacious and totally awesome teaser trailer for Season 3!


Location: The Starcourt Mall
Address: 2100 Pleasant Hill Road, Duluth, GA  Gwinnett Place Mall

Filming is still underway so the area inside the mall is blocked off until they wrap...









Locations Visited: August 2017, November 2017, January 2018, August 2018

Still Need To Visit:

Stattler Quarry
Hawkins Woods

6 comments:

  1. Great stuff! I have always wondered what road is in that cover photo you see all the time of the actors stopped in the middle of the road with open/fenced hayfields on both sides. Also the road where they found Will's bike at the beginning. There's mention of "corner of Cornwallis and Kerley" referring to NC but i think that's a real intersection but not where it was filmed. Any ideas for either of these?

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    1. Thanks! I assumed the road in the poster is not a real one just one that was created digitally, but I could be wrong. Not sure about the other two locations.

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  2. I've been digging for the location of the Motor Motel that Jonathan and Nancy stayed at. I have found that it is located in Stone Mtn, but cannot find any more information. Any leads?

    Thanks

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    1. No, unfortunately I didn't have any information on that location. But it's good to know it's in Stone Mountain. Thanks for the tip! If I had to guess, I'd say near Barb's funeral and The Mayfield House for production's sake.

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  3. Excellent spy work Brian!! My wife and I were born and raised in GA so it is very exciting to see exactly where episodes were shot. Thanks for sharing!!

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  4. Thank you! And you're very welcome!

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