1987 was a great year for genre movies: The Lost Boys, The Gate, Friday the 13th Part VII, The Hidden, Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, Prince of Darkness, Return of the Living Dead, Witchboard... and of course The Monster Squad. A big fan-favorite, the film was mostly shot in the studio, but there a few exterior locations.
We open on the boys' school, located at 11562 Richland Avenue in Los Angeles, California.
Sadly, the next location no longer exists. The "scary German guy's house" was located at 229 12th Street in Santa Monica, California. The house was demolished and replaced with a much more generic looking home in 2014. The second picture below shows the house as it appeared in an old Google Street View.
The kids continue up 12th Street towards Brentwood Terrace. Many of the houses have been replaced on this street.
Fortunately, a few of the trees are still there since filming over 30 years ago.
Next up is the museum location that was actually filmed in.... a museum! This is located at the Natural History Museum at 900 Exposition Boulevard in Los Angeles.
The street where the mummy escapes is actually right behind the museum on State Street next to Exposition Park.
The next spot was located at Universal Studios on Colonial Street, now name Wisteria Lane. Unfortunately, this area no longer exists at the studio. The shoddy comparison pics are actually taken from a video I took on an old trip. (This area also appeared in Freddy's Dead when the kids kept going in circles.)
In the same spot at Universal Studios is the colonial mansion. Again, this has also been torn down and the comparison shots are from a video I took on a trip from years ago.
The boys return to the scary house. The only recognizable spot is the tree in front of the home.
The boys walk through the alley behind the house on 12th Court. The white fence on the right and one of the garages are still recognizable from the film.
For the photo lab, we go to Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank. This facade is right next to the town square on the backlot. This street has been used in hundreds of productions and is usually available to visit on the tour.
Phil's restaurant is also on the backlot, but is at the Warner Bros. Ranch, also located in Burbank. This facade is known as the "gas station" and has been transformed many times over the years and barely recognizable. The Ranch is not open to the public for tours. Special thanks to my friend Rayen for taking these pictures during his visit.
Also on the Warner Bros. Ranch is Sean's house. This is a pretty recognizable street as the homes have been seen in Christmas Vacation, Lethal Weapon, Malcolm in the Middle, Bewitched, and many more. Again, not open to the public unfortunatley. Thank you to Rayen for supplying these pictures from his visit.
For the finale, we are back at Warner Bros. Studios. Here you can see the photo lab in the background as the car tears through the town square.
They make their way to the church, best known to genre fans as where the Coreys went to get holy water in The Lost Boys.
The clock was built on top of the roof on the big brick building in the town square. This building is usually a school or city hall and was most recently seen as Rydell High in Grease Live.
Back to the street in town square. I've taken the Warner Bros. tour many times, so I included comparison photos from various trips to show how it changes over the years.
The reverse shot shows that many of the facades haven't changed that much over the years.
More action in town square....
Wolfman's got nards!
The Gill-man comes up out of the sewer here...
Dracula appears from the other side of town square....
Behind him, you can see the house used in Growing Pains, Gremlins, and Deadly Friend...
The vortex appears to the right of the church...
...and next to the house best known as Ross and Rachel's childhood home in Friends.
The cavalry arrives and all is well again....