With Halloween night soon approaching it seems like a good opportunity to delve into the Tokyo Fox archives and bring you some flimsy links to one of the years most exciting calendar events featuring movie locations relating to horror films, superhero films and other franchises with some dark, mysterious connections.
So here, in no particular order, is the Tokyo Fox top ten-uous……Halloween themed filming locations…
1. Ghostbusters (1984) – Well this one just had to be included as it’s quite possibly the most celebrated film regarding ghosts and this New York firehouse is a real operating station with a Ghostbusters badge on the pavement in front of it. More details here
2. Batman Forever (1995) – All of Gotham society including Bruce Wayne and Dr Chase Meridian turn up at The Ritz Gotham Hotel where Edward Nygma has his party. It is now the National Museum of the American Indian and also featured in ‘Ghostbusters II‘ (1989). More details here
3. Spider-Man (2002) – The home of Aunt May, Uncle Ben, Peter Parker…..AND Spider-man!! He may have been bitten at a genetics laboratory but this place at Forrest Hills in Queens, New York is where Parker undergoes his main transformation. More details here
4. Ju-on (2002) – Located just outside of Tokyo, this legendary horror movie home can be found in Saitama. Enough said! More details here
5. Godzilla (1954) – Halloween is all about monsters and this 1954 original is still the king of them in my book. More details here
6. Avengers Age Of Ultron (2015) – Too many superheroes in one space for my liking but this futuristic looking man-made islands around Banpo Hangang Park is pretty cool and serves as the I.T. institute of Dr. Helen Cho; a friend of the team who is forced by super villain Ultron to use her synthetic-tissue technology as well as vibranium and the scepter’s gem, to perfect a new body for him. More details here
7. City Of Ghosts (2002) – Le Bokor Palace a.k.a. the Old Casino Hotel is an eerie place near Kampot in south-west Cambodia. It is shrouded in both mist and history with tales to tell from within its walls since construction began around a century ago. More details here
8. The Grudge (2004) – The American re-make of ‘Ju-on‘ starts off at this apartment building alongside the Kanda River and sets a precedent for what is to come in the rest of the horror movie. More details here
9. Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999) – The young Anakin Skywalker was born and raised in this Tunisian tsar. Who knew then what that sweet little boy would go on to become? Erm, actually we all did! More details here
10. The Wolverine (2013) – This X-Men character is a popular recent addition to the Halloween cosplay collection. Probably due to just needing a white vest, some sideburns and chopsticks between the fingers! A funeral scene was shot at Zojoji Temple; famed for it’s colourful and sad statues of jizobosatsu (the protector of the souls of stillborn children) which are decorated with red baby bonnets, toys and little windmills. More details here
There you have it then! Ten movie locations with very sketchy links to Halloween taking in locales in Japan, South Korea, Cambodia, Tunisia and the USA. Here’s hoping you have a spook-tacular Halloween!