With the Halloween season on top of us, everybody is taking some time off to watch horror movies to get things excited for All Hallow’s Eve. Today, we’re going to take a look at a movie that is part of the Mike Myers saga. Halloween: Resurrection is a movie from 2002 starring Busta Rhymes, Jamie Lee Curtis, Bianca Kajlich, Sean Patrick Thomas, and Tyra Banks under the direction lens of Rick Rosenthal.
The movie barely broke even, raking in $37 million at the box office against a $15 million budget, but it eventually became a bit of a cult film among Mike Myers fans. Produced by Dimension Films and distributed by Miramax at the height of Harvey Weinstein’s era during those years, the movie was heavily criticized for trying to spin around a story that seemed concluded with its predecessor.
If you cut out Busta Rhyme’s poor acting skills and focus on the plot, you might get a movie, but that’s the gist of it when it comes to cheesy horror movies this time of the year.
Today, we’re going to shift gears and focus on the Halloween: Resurrection filming locations instead of its plot or background. So, sit around as you prepare yourself to embark on a journey across North America to see how they brought this film to life.
Halloween: Resurrection Filming Locations
Halloween: Resurrection’s main photography took place between May and October 2001. The movie had a brief hiatus in shooting between June and September because the producers wanted some scenes shot in different seasons. Still, the movie came to fruition, and it was filmed between Canada and the United States.
Before we kick things off, here’s a fun fact about this movie: Jamie Lee Curtis wasn’t very keen on working in a sequel to Halloween because she felt that Laurie Strode, her character, had a good ending in a previous movie. The producers cajoled her into working on it, but Curtis had one condition: that she gets killed right at the start of the movie so she and her character don’t show up in another movie.
Los Angeles, California
The fictional Hillcrest Academy scenes in the movie were filmed at the iconic Canfield-Moreno Estate located in Los Angeles, California. Known as the Mecca of filmmaking, Los Angeles houses the five major studios, each bustling with cinematic operations.
With an incredible array of movies, series, documentaries, and shows shot there, these studios boast extensive stages equipped with all the necessary tools for filmmakers to bring those productions to life, and we get to enjoy every single minute of them.
British Columbia, Canada
The bulk of this movie was filmed in Canada, all over the Vancouver metropolitan area. Vancouver is one of Canada’s film hubs; it is a city that offers big incentives for production companies and filmmakers to bring their operations there: From expert crews, nice, state-of-the-art studio facilities as well as local permits from the authorities that allow for filming in exteriors without many bureaucratic hassles.
Vancouver is one of the main filming locations not only for Halloween: Resurrection but for all sorts of productions. Netflix’s original series and movies are shot there, and box-office hits like Deadpool, Fifty Shades of Grey, Fantastic Four, The 6th Day, and Godzilla.
Indoor locations like the motel where the murders take place are also located in the metropolitan area of Vancouver. A case in point is the 2400 Motel, located in Kingsway, and the outdoor and indoor scenes of a hospital, which is the Riverview Hospital located in Coquitlam. Or the Richest Rags, which are located on Mackenzie Street in Vancouver.
For Rosenthal and his crew, Vancouver proved to be a very versatile filming location for indoor and outdoor scenes. it had all the necessary things to make a Mike Myers horror movie, and the cast and crew had lots of fun filming there.
Furthermore, Vancouver is a city worth exploring for its tourist attractions. It has a very vibrant nightlife; just walk around Gastown, and you’ll see. Moreover, the city features an immense convention center that is yearly booked with all sorts of events.