A Piece of the Gate City is Ready for its Closeup
When my spouse and I sat down to check out the new Netflix Adam Sandler motion picture “Hubie Halloween” the other evening, we did so for two reasons:
- We’re suckers for any Halloween motion picture and…
- We’re suckers for something involving Salem, Massachusetts (evidence of equally details, I guess).
“Hubie Halloween” is a Halloween film that is not just set in Salem, but also filmed there, as nicely as surrounding cities. So we understood we’d see some of Salem and some of Marblehead, perhaps some of Gloucester, but we have been really amazed to see a little bit of New Hampshire there. Our residence base of Nashua, in reality. But in a unusual kind of way.
In the motion picture, Manchester-bred Adam Sandler performs a person who loves Halloween and life in Salem. Like nearly just about every Adam Sandler character, he has a funny voice and arrested growth to a convicted improvement degree. At one level, he goes into a haunted house, performed by the Hotel Marblehead wrapped in a spooky façade that couldn’t be far more Hyde to the colonial quaintness of Resort Marblehead’s Jekyll.
However, the initially interior shot of the haunted residence looked acquainted to me. The claustrophobic hallway, the grimy wallpaper. It wasn’t the Hotel Marblehead.
“That’s Fright Kingdom, I consider,” I stated to my spouse.
“I feel you are ideal,” she answered. We ought to know. We go there every single year. Even once bought a personalized, powering-the-scenes tour of it.
Fright Kingdom is a crown jewel of the haunted hoard of scare attractions in New England. Found at 12 Simon Street in Nashua, it’s a series of 5 themed haunts inside of a 150,000-sq.-foot warehouse, furthermore an indoor midway that capabilities bands and stars and foods and horror film prop shows. It’s the most Halloween constructing in the state. Even in the off-season, I like to drive by the entrance to see the enormous castle-like entrance that stays up year-round. Fright Kingdom does other situations there, way too, these as Rarely Haunted, in which they throw SpongeBob and Spider-Person masks on the much more grisly monsters and permit youngsters trick-or-treat by the haunt. Or the Fright Just before Christmas in December, have been they dangle up slay bells and address the fiendscape below a breast of new-fallen snow. There’s even a Valentine’s Day event in February.
Turns out, however, the film didn’t film in Nashua. In its place, the filmmakers disassembled areas of Fright Kingdom (primarily its Blood Manor haunt, but also other parts—you can see hints of its Psycho Circus haunt in the stop credit sequence) and carted it all to Massachusetts, wherever they re-assembled it to movie Adam Sandler and Ray Liotta and other folks cavorting down its hallways.
Mainly, we acquired some New Hampshire haunted property guts in that Massachusetts movie (figuratively and pretty much).
Fright Kingdom is open up this thirty day period, functioning less than cautiously implemented and stringent security protocols, so cease by for a socially distanced scare. They even have props from “Hubie Halloween” on display, together with a enormous haunted home-shaped float. Notify them I sent you or, possibly far more spectacular, tell them Adam Sandler did. Perhaps you’ll see me there, even though. Appear for me in the corridor of live tarantulas or by the 3D clowns.
J.W. Ocker life in Nashua and writes spooky novels and travelogues. His most recent guide, “Cursed Objects,” is out now. Go to him at oddthingsiveseen.com or send him New Hampshire oddities that he ought to go to at [email protected].