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Movies Made Here: Recapping the Reviews of 2011

The 10 movies we watched this year with scenes filmed in Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow, plus one "almost" made here Honorable Mention.

Spanning the decades, our Movies Made Here column has gone from Elizabeth Taylor's Oscar-winning role in BUtterfield 8 to Keanu Reeves definitely not winning an Oscar in Henry's Crime.

All we are missing is a representative from that gloriously tacky decade known as the '80s. We'll find something as we continue to feature films every other week in 2012...until we are out of films, and they shoot some more.

In the meantime, here's the round-up of the hits, misses and just endearingly wierd flicks we reviewed in 2011:

1. BUtterfield 8 (1960) - Look for just a few minutes of our dear old Tappan Zee when it was shiny and new, yet still leads to a horrible car crash. 

2. The Brain That Wouldn't Die (1962) - Made entirely in Tarrytown, "the film took all of two weeks to film, on a skimpy stripper-outfit budget of $125K. Beyond the façade of some mansion, a car speeding through country roads, and a walk down a TTown-esque looking lane of houses, the rest comes from some 'sound stage in a hotel basement.'"

3. House of Dark Shadows (1970) - The review that generated the most excitement, as this cult classic has the most rabid fans. Lyndhurst was the main setting of this feature length made from the gothic soap opera, along with some time in a crypt in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery and, possibly, the now ruined Spratt House.

4. Savages (1972) - The weirdest one by far, this wild romp is all filmed in, and around, the former Beechwood Estate in Scarborough. Ivory said, "sophomoric nonsense" and "it just rubbed people the wrong way." Merchant said, "I think if the film were to play now there’d be a cult following." What do you think? Cult or flop?

5. Child's Play (1972) - "Marymount gets to experience gender reversal as a Catholic school for boys. Creepy boys. Lots of odd looking creepy boys who don’t speak much and seem to swarm innocents like buzzards" in this mystery gone amuck.

6. The Impostors (1998) - This farce is adrift! But before it launches off entirely into chaos on a cruiseliner, it enjoys some time here at the Tarrytown Music Hall. 

7. The Family Man (2000) - This remake of It's a Wonderful Life turned the building that used to occupy the site where Open Door is slated to be into a tire store with the world's most obtrusive sign (which would never fly with our zoning board.) Sadly they called this New Jersey.

8. Game 6 (2005) - "Several short scenes were filmed in the Music Hall (starting at around 30 minutes in, then the one-hour mark), standing in for a NYC theater whose shiny midtown exterior belies the shabby grandeur of the red-seated theater we know and love. The main character of the play-within-the-movie, Peter Redmond played by Harris Yulin, has a parasite in his brain and keeps getting jammed in rehearsals on the simplest line of all, 'This could be it.'" If you watch one movie filmed here that might really be good, this could be it.

9. The Good Shepherd (2006) - So Matt Damon doesn't feel the love for movie wife Angelina Jolie, okay. This film takes us again to the Music Hall, and the Set Back Inn, where Damon revisits his one true love before his life went all Cold War. 

10. Henry's Crime (2010) - Another numb hero who visits Tarrytown's hot spots of the Music Hall, the Set Back, Sol Mar, and Citi Bank, all here standing in for really cold Buffalo. 

*Honorable Mention

Sleepy Hollow (1999) - Tim Burton wanted to film it here in Sleepy Hollow and he was in talks with Philipsburg Manor but it wasn't dark and strange enough for his taste so he built his own darn village, in England. Oh well, we tried.

Martin Smolin December 30, 2011 at 01:24 PM
Just saw The Imposters on a Netflix disc. How did I ever miss this old Woody Allen movie? A bit slapstick, but hilarious. The opening credits are a scream.
Krista Madsen December 30, 2011 at 02:20 PM
I enjoyed the opening sequence most of all!
Howard Lipson December 30, 2011 at 02:42 PM
Thanks for a fun series. One film that wasn't included is 'The Cradle Will Rock' (1999), directed by Tim Robbins with an all-star cast. It's a good flavorful film. Much of it is filmed in the Music Hall. BTW- I'm a fan of 'The Good Shepherd'. De Niro successfully captures a personal story of regret within the sweeping backdrop of the secretive and often insidious formation of the CIA. It's emotionally powerful and has many memorable scenes.
Bjorn Olsson December 30, 2011 at 03:01 PM
Cradle Will Rock was actually not filmed at The Music Hall. They did extensive scouting and even some prepping, but in the end found a theater in the city instead, can't remember which one.
Krista Madsen December 30, 2011 at 03:28 PM
Thanks for the correction Bjorn before I ran out and got it to review. Howard, thank you, I did like Good Shepherd myself. I just have to make Angelina Jolie jokes in the process...
Krista Madsen December 30, 2011 at 03:29 PM
Anyone have an 80s movie for me?
Bjorn Olsson December 30, 2011 at 03:51 PM
There was a made for TV movie I THINK was called The Royale, but I can't find any info about it. It took place in a movie theater, for which The Music Hall was used. Maybe I have the wrong title. I am also not sure exactly when it was filmed, may have been the 90's.
Bjorn Olsson December 30, 2011 at 03:53 PM
Then we have Mona Lisa Smile & Preacher's Wife as far as The Music Hall goes, but I am sure there's a lot more in the village as a whole. Village Hall may have records.
Bjorn Olsson December 30, 2011 at 03:57 PM
Found it: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0238565/ It was in 1996, though.
Krista Madsen December 30, 2011 at 04:00 PM
As far as I can tell it was a sad decade for filmmaking in SH/TT... not a one. I will keep digging. Surely there's some really obscure, bad bad movie somewhere. Great fun!
Robin I. December 30, 2011 at 08:20 PM
Most of the 1970 movie "Lovers and other Strangers" was shot in Tarrytown. The wedding sequences were shot in Christ Church. Diane Keaton and Anne Meara were in the movie. It was quite a popular movie at the time. I was a kid and actually an extra in the wedding scene.
Krista Madsen December 31, 2011 at 01:31 AM
Thank you, hadn't heard of it! I will look into it in 2012. Glad to see I still have a good amount of movies to review..
Janie Rosman January 15, 2012 at 03:25 PM
Main Street Cafe was also used in scenes from The Preacher's Wife.
harris bank January 19, 2012 at 06:59 PM
Another movie you missed back in the 1950's late 1958 or 1959, Jimmy Stewart's oscar winning role in West by Northwest or something like that. There was a scene shot on the Hudson Division and you could see the tappan zee bridge in the background. check it out movie buffs.
harris bank April 12, 2012 at 07:19 PM
Another movie you missed, made only a few years ago, was The Preachers Wife, with the late Whitney Houston & Denzel Washington.
Krista Madsen (Editor) April 12, 2012 at 07:44 PM
Preacher's Wife coming soon! That's been on my to-watch list. And here's NxNW for you: http://patch.com/A-swSV

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