Friday, June 17, 2022

Backstreet Boys - I Want It That Way (1999)

The late 90s saw a youthquake in entertainment.  Scream (1996) and I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997) ushered in a new era of teen horror films.  Dawson's Creek (1998-2003) and Buffy The Vampire Slayer ruled on television.  Picking up the mantle from New Edition and New Kids On The Block were NSYNC and Backstreet Boys.  For the lead single off their sophomore album, Backstreet Boys chose the mid-tempo track I Want It That Way.  If you're left confused by the lyrics, you're in good company.  Regardless, the nonsensical song was a hit for the boy band and became one of their most revered songs.

For the equally nonsensical video, the boys are seen taking over the Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX, showing up with no luggage, walking and dancing like they own the place.  I can't begin to fathom how many people were late for their flights.  They are then surrounded by adoring fans in a hangar.  All the chaos could've been avoided had they used The Bob Hope Airport.  But I guess they wanted it that way.

I Want It That Way was filmed in Los Angeles, CA

Location: The Airport Terminal
Address: 1 World Way, Los Angeles, CA

LAX, Tom Bradley International Terminal

This area is also seen in Die Hard 2 (1990).

Location Visited: June 2021


Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Scream (2022)

The town of Woodsboro has been at peace for some time.  That all ends when Tara Carpenter receives a phone call from a familiar voice.  After being taunted she is attacked by Ghostface but manages to survive.  Her equally uncharismatic sister Sam returns home with her boyfriend Pacey Witter Richie Kirsch and align themselves with Tara's uninteresting and unrealistic group of friends.  Meanwhile Dewey Riley, now divorced from Gale Weathers, is living in a trailer down by the river.  After a visit from Sam, he warns his ex and Sydney Prescott, who's been through it.  A lot.  She returns to Woodsboro after Dewey's death at Haddonfield Memorial Hospital Woodsboro Hospital, teams up with Gale and heads to Stu Macher's house, where another bloodbath takes place.  Richie and Amber are revealed to be the killers with a lame Stab requel motive.

Having not been a fan of Scream 4, I was hesitant about another installment.  But the trailer looked somewhat decent, so off to the theater I went.  Apparently, the filmmakers forgot a Scream movie was supposed to be scary.  I soon became as sleepy as the legacy character performances.  Straight out of the Halloween Kills (2021) playbook, they are not given the proper treatment, and in this case, not given a huge reason to be involved.  And who'd want to be with this new brood of kids?  Aside from the Carpenter House, the Woodsboro of this film is a far cry from the Woodsboro of the original locations-wise.  After performing well at the box office, it was no surprise that a sixth installment would be greenlit, though it was a jump scare when Neve Campbell announced just yesterday she would not be returning.

Scream was filmed in Wilmington, NC

Location: The Carpenter House
Address: 1201 Country Club Road, Wilmington, NC

This was a great location with a very similar feel to Casey Becker's house from the original.  The overbearing trees give a sense of foreboding...

Location: Cardinal Lanes Bowling Alley
Address: 3907 Shipyard Boulevard, Wilmington, NC

Here is a peak inside even though the interiors were not used...

Location: Main Street
Address: 115 South Front Street, Wilmington, NC

The road leading into Woodsboro is East Lake Shore Drive, which I did not have time to get to during my visit.

Location: Woodsboro High School
Address: 401 South 10th Street, Wilmington, NC

Williston Middle School


The entrance to school is never seen but it looks somewhat similar to the original Woodsboro High...

Location: The Bar
Address: 1414 South 42nd Street, Wilmington, NC

Reggie's Bar

Location: Vince's Death
Address: 1302 South 5th Avenue, Wilmington, NC

This location is just across the street from Mick's Bar in Halloween Kills (2021) and right next door to where the car crash was.   The interior of this building was used as the police station, which ended up as a deleted scene...

Location: Sydney Jogging
Address: 10 Convention Center Drive, Wilmington, NC

She's Sidney Prescott, of course she has a gun.  Why would you even ask that, Dewey?!

Location: The Meeks House
Address: 1823 South Live Oak Parkway, Wilmington, NC

Big thanks to Robert Patterson at Set-Jetter for finding this location in 20 minutes while I was still in the area...

Location: The Hicks House
Address: 1801 Chestnut Street, Wilmington, NC

Location: Sheriff Hicks' U-Turn
Address: Castle Street & 5th Avenue, Wilmington, NC

Location: Woodsboro Hospital
Address: 10 Convention Center Drive, Wilmington, NC

The Wilmington Convention Center is the same spot where Sydney jogs...

In the original film, Stu's House is located at 3871 Tomales Petaluma Road in Tomales, CA.  For this film, it was recreated on a Screen Gems soundstage in Wilmington.  Production design did a great job replicating it.  Here are some comparison shots from my 2018 visit...


Locations Visited: October 2018, May 2022

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