The New England Grimpendium: Stephen King Movie Filming Sites


October 25, 2010 — Back in the colicky, jaundiced infancy of O.T.I.S., I visited the home of Stephen King, with “visit” being defined as “hung outside his gate and snapped pictures.” My friends hate when I visit them, too. Based on the emails I’ve received since posting it, the resulting article has become one of my more derided ones.

Of course, even though I’m not really into Stephen King’s work, I am certainly into the way he’s staked a claim in the real-world environs of his home state of Maine. With the many Maine locales that King has featured in his books or which have been used as filming locales for the movies inspired by his work, he’s basically annexed the state for his own personal empire.

I dedicated a whole section in my recently published The New England Grimpendium to New England horror movie filming locales, so I again got the opportunity to write a few more pages about Stephen King-related sites, specifically regarding movies based on his work that were either entirely filmed or had some part filmed in Maine. These included Pet Sematary, Creepshow 2, Graveyard Shift, Thinner, and the two mini-series Storm of the Century and The Langoliers.

So, since this inaugural Halloween of The New England Grimpendium is drawing to a close, here are a few pictures from three of those abovementioned movie locations, most of which didn't make it into the book, along with a couple of other King-relevant Maine pictures.

Happy Halloween...whether you find King tepid, revelatory, or in-between.



The 200-year-old, still-working Bartlettyarns Mill
in Harmony stood in for Bachmann Mill, with its giant bat.

Brad Dourif wuz here.


I took this from the wrong end of the street, but this is Dexter,
where the monster delivery man in Creepshow 2 parks its van right before
the wrap-around story of this anthology movie turns animated.



The Pet Sematary house in Hancock.


Seriously. Right across the street.


In this exact spot in Mount Hope Cemetery in Bangor,
Stephen King cameo'd as a minister presiding over a funeral.


This set of stairs found itself briefly in the movie and
is a good landmark to use to find the other sites.


This Civil War monument was not featured in the movie,
but it's still a cool artifact of Mount Hope Cemetery.

Nor was this Civil War monument. But, holy cow, why not?


Not a movie locale, but Betts Bookstore is
definitely a famous King-related site.


King's house in Bangor.


19 comments:

  1. Again, Stephen King is a douche!

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    1. You're a douche... Gay douche doucher...

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  2. Pet Sematary forever made me never want to live near a busy street, or a creepy burial ground. Fun post!

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  3. Epic. I never saw pet sematary but i read the book. Creepy stuff. Sweet site!

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  4. Had gave the Pet Semetary to a friend who had had 2 childrens, one Gage's old. He has gave me back asking me that I am a freak or noT: And I even did not buy the book, my brother who was a Stp King fan, but also with tho children boy and girl, offered me the book. I have seen for the first time my brother's eyes relaxed attitude. Like throwing out corps frum his house. Still, Stp King remained for me a great american author... the horros he let us induce, his writing is only pure psichology

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    1. Good grief! Please learn English

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  5. How's about driving down to Mt. Desert Island. The Main intersection in "Storm Of The Century" is there. I can't recall which harbour, but you'll recognize it. I think it's Seal Harbour, but I'm not 100% positive on that.

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  6. WHAT A GREAT ARTICLE

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  7. So cool, I just found your websit and I LOVE IT. Im from maine and am obessed with the danvers state hospital and steve king, etc. I actually went to school in Salem MA. Have you grabbed the book Weird New England yet? Its really awesome.

    xx
    Jessie
    http://87life.blogspot.com

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  8. Ok clearly my keyboard is screwed up seeing I didnt spell anything correct above... sorry! lol

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  9. Hi--read your posting with interest. I live in Maine and covered the filming of Pet Sematary for Fangoria magazine. On October 6, 1988, I drove up to Mount Hope Cemetery and watched as Louis Creed (Dale Midkiff) went crazy at the grave of his young son, throwing funeral arrangements this way and that. The frenzied action was edited out of the film, but you can see a definite blooper. When Creed is first seen by his son's grave, it's covered with flowers. Then Pascow makes his appearance and warns him not to "cross over. The earth is sour." When the camera cuts back to Creed, the flowers are all gone. Interesting stuff. Anyway, every year since then, I've returned to Mount Hope for Halloween and always bring friends. The location you showed for Gage's grave is wrong. It was actually located to the right of a small set of stairs, not next to a tree. There's a monument used in publicity shots (with Pascow in front of it) that's literally feet away from Gage's gravesite.

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  10. Sounds like a cool experience, man. Mount Hope definitely seems like a great spot for a Halloween tradition. As to the locale, we're probably talking about the same space. It is near the stairs, but there's a tree beside it and (between the space and the stairs), which you can see in screen grabs (like the one at the bottom of this page: http://www.dvdactive.com/reviews/dvd/pet-sematary.html).

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  11. Southwest Harbor, Main St., Mount Desert Island, Maine, was one of the locations for "Storm of the Century". My husband was in it. They used white batting for "snow" on existing buildings and potato flakes for flying snow (a mess when wet). The post office was a set piece built in a small park in town then removed.

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  12. I forgot to add, we live in Bangor, ME, not far from Mount Hope Cemetery, a lovely spot. It was fun locating scene shots. The place in Hancock is near our almost 200 yr. old farm house, we drive by it all the time. I wanted to register our place for a movie location, but need to sell it at this point.

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  13. he needs to film more in maine for real...

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  14. In Thinner, the lead stays at some seaside cottages while pursuing the Gypsy's. Does anyone know what they are called and where. Lottery maybe?

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    1. They filmed Thinner mainly in the Midcoast, centered around Camden. It has been a while since I have seen it but I would try the lower St. George Peninsula, maybe Port Clyde or Tenants Harbor.

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