Thursday, April 21, 2011
"The Fog" Ghost Ship Day!
Today is Ghost Ship Day being hosted by The Misadventures of HalloweeNut, one of my very favorite Halloween-lovers bloggers.
In honor of the 31st anniversary for "The Fog" (one of my all time favs), I'm going to tell you about the location for the movie.
I saw the movie when it came out (yes, I'm that old!) My first thought was "I want that job!" The character of Stevie Wayne the DJ in the lighthouse was a dream job, dream location! Every time they showed her walking to work, I'd think--is that real? Where is that?
Much of the movie was filmed throughout California's coastlines including the famous Bodega Bay ("The Birds") but the lighthouse was an actual lighthouse, Point Reyes. This wasn't a random site either. It is the windiest and foggiest place in America and can be found in the San Francisco Bay.
The star of the movie (the lighthouse) went up into operation in 1870. It utilized a different and very unusual light that could cut through the fog with its ability to refract the light rays and intensify them.
During the infamous 1906 earthquake the lighthouse and its peninsula moved 18 feet in one minute!
The lighthouse now offers tours. I tell you, just to walk that walkway and be photographed there would be about all I need!
Go here to learn more about the locations used in the movie. It's a classic and I hate the remake. Long live John Carpenter's movies!
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