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Houses of Horror: Mills View Mansion and Stimson House

Mills View and Stimson House served as the filming locations for the cinematic haunted houses of two creepy and quirky 80s horror movies.

Too Much Truffle Shuffling at the Goonies House

Thousands of people visit the Goonies house in Astoria, Oregon every day, and the owner is tired of it.
Goonies house in Astoria, OR closed to the public

The Goonies house in Astoria, OR, where the adventure to find One-Eyed Willie’s treasure began in the 1985 film, has been closed to the public. More than 30 years after The Goonies hit theaters, city officials say the house still receives 1,500 visitors daily. And the owner is tired of it.

A blue tarp now covers the house, with a sign stating access is closed to the Goonies house. Another sign reads:

Imagine that you buy a house, fix it up, spend money, time and love. Then the city of Astoria encourages 100,000’s of people to come and stand in front and view it. This driveway (maintained by homeowners) sees 1,000+ people every day. Most are kind, fun and welcome, but many are not.

Apparently the property is plagued by cigarette butts, beer bottles and urinating dogs that the owner is fed up with. When she bought the house over a decade ago, visitors were minimal. City officials credit social media buzz with the recent onslaught of fans.

Chunk does the truffle shuffle at the Goonies house in Astoria

The huge 4-day celebration for The Goonies 30th anniversary that brought $2-$3 million into the Astoria economy may also have had something to do with it.

Buffalo Bill’s Silence of the Lambs House for Sale

The Fayette County, Pennsylvania house used to portray the home of serial killer Buffalo Bill in Silence of the Lambs is for sale.
Silence of the Lambs house for sale

For $300,000 the 4-bedroom, 1-bath Victorian where Clarice Starling came face to face with the Ed Gein-inspired serial killer Buffalo Bill in The Silence of the Lambs can be yours.

Sadly, it does not seem to include a hostage in the basement. As a matter of fact, as one Cult of Weird reader mentioned, there isn’t even a pit in the basement, as that was filmed in the William Penn Hotel in downtown Pittsburgh.

The foyer and dining room of the house were used in the film. An article in the Pittsburgh Tribune Review, describes a night in 1989 when owners Scott and Barbara Lloyd were eating dinner, when a movie producer knocked on their door. “They were looking for a home in which you entered the front door and had a straight line through,” Barbara said in the interview. “They wanted it to look like a spider web, with Buffalo Bill drawing Jodie Foster into the foyer, into the kitchen, then into the basement.”

Silence of the Lambs house for sale in Pennsylvania
Buffalo Bill’s house as seen in Silence of the Lambs

From the real estate listing:

An outstanding home, nestled in a quaint village, this 1910 Princess Anne home is a standout Perhaps that is why it was chosen to be featured in the Silence of the Lambs movie A near perfect expression of comfort w its wraparound verandah or its prominent staircase of paneled walls of oak, this home is a statement of taste and prosperity Plentiful outdoor activities from the inground pool, oversized shop/garage, or nearby fishing, hiking and even boating Take a peek inside to see why this home is famous…

Realtor Dianne Wilk says she wouldn’t be surprised if the house was turned into a horror-themed bed and breakfast.

Mills View mansion in Monrovia, CA

Iconic Horror Movie House For Sale in Monrovia

The creepy 1887 Queen Anne Victorian that was featured in the 1986 horror movie House is for sale in Monrovia, CA.
House from the 1986 horror movie starring William Katt for sale in Monrovia, CA
House from the 1986 horror movie for sale in Monrovia, CA

In my childhood, I was convinced every big, creepy old house was full of monsters. Every closet was a doorway to some new nightmare and black voids with skeletal, tentacled beasts lived behind bathroom mirrors. This was due, mostly, to the 1986 horror movie House, starring William Katt, George Wendt and Richard Moll.

This movie also inspired an early fear of taxidermy and garden tools, but that’s a story for another day.

House is the story of Roger Cobb, a horror novelist struggling with the disappearance of his son and subsequent divorce from his wife. After his eccentric aunt commits suicide, Cobb moves into her house to focus on writing his next novel. But his solitude is soon disrupted as he discovers what horrors have been waiting for him inside.

Roger Cobb's house
Several changes were made for the film to make the house appear more menacing.

While the interiors of the house were filmed on a sound stage, a 1887 Queen Anne Victorian located at 329 Melrose Ave, Monrovia, CA 91016, known as the Mills View mansion, was used for the exterior shots. According to Old House Dreams it just happens to be for sale (well, pending sale) for a cool $1,275,000.

From the real estate listing:

Stunning, inviting Eastlake Victorian home with wrap around porch. An opportunity to own one of Monrovia’s premier historical landmarks, Known as Mills View. Every beautiful detail has been meticulously restored to its original glory and just waiting for the next family to enjoy. This home features very spacious rooms with 12′ ceilings throughout formal dining, family room, and parlor. One bedroom and 2 Baths downstairs. Gorgeous hardwood floors, crown molding and fresh paint inside and out! Designed and built in 1890 for William Monroe, founder of Monrovia. Large park like back yard, room for a pool! Come make this Queen Anne Victorian showcase home your very own!

It doesn’t say anything about a war demon in the closet, but I’m sure that’s just an added perk.

More Photos of the Mills View Mansion

Mills View mansion in Monrovia, California

The porch where Roger Cobb cleaned his shotgun

Mills View mansion in Monrovia, CA

Mills View mansion in Monrovia, CA

Mills View mansion in Monrovia, CA

Mills View mansion in Monrovia, CA

Mills View mansion in Monrovia, CA

Backyard of the Mills View house

Anyone have a million bucks I could barrow?

House Theatrical Trailer

According to a comment in this behind the scenes blog from creature effects crewmember Shannon Shea, the current owner bought the place because their love of the House film, as well. Part 2 of this blog is right here.

Celebrate The Goonies 30th Anniversary in Astoria, OR

Astoria, Oregon, the town where The Goonies was filmed, is celebrating the 30th anniversary with 4 days of film location tours, treasure hunts and truffle shuffles.
Celebrate The Goonies 30th anniversary in Astoria, Oregon where it was filmed.

On the Oregon coast, the town of Oregon has served as the backdrop for many films, such as Short Circuit and Kindergarten Cop. The one that brings in visitors, however, is the 1985 cult classic The Goonies, about a group of kids searching for the lost pirate treasure of One-Eyed Willie.

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Every year Astoria celebrates Goonies Day in recognition. But this year marks the 30th anniversary of the film, so the chamber of commerce has planned 4 days of Goonies fun June 4-7, 2015.

Festivities include tours of locations used in the film, screenings of the movie, costume parties, bowling at Chunk’s Bowling Alley, treasure hunts, and a special edition Truffle Shuffle Stout on tap from Fort George Brewery.

Mikey's house from the 1980s cult film The Goonies in Astoria, Oregon
Photo: Amy Meredith/Creative Commons

Goonies sign in Astoria, Oregon
Photo: Doug Kerr/Creative Commons

Ready to visit the Goondocks? All the info you need is here:

via Statesman Journal

The remains of pirate One-Eyed Willie from The Goonies