Dubbed Hollywood North, it’s well known Vancouver serves as a backdrop to some of Hollywood’s top movies. Our city has had over 300 productions in the last few decades, and that list is only growing.
Among the many movies filmed in Vancouver, here’s 5 you might not be aware of.
Scary Movie (2000)
Forget about The Twilight Saga, the first four installments of the Scary Movie franchise were shot in Vancouver as well! The horror comedy spoof brought to us by the Wayans brothers gave way to a new generation of spoof and parody movies. It also had its share of controversy when it was re-rated from 18A to 14A in British Columbia and received complaints from parents and cinemas.
White Chicks (2004)
The Wayans brothers used Vancouver for another comedy, this time a buddy cop film that set in New York City and the Hamptons. The movie received poor reviews and even some worst movie awards but was financially a huge success earning over $100 million at the box office worldwide.
- Jackie Chan’s 1995 hit Rumble in the Bronx also used Vancouver as New York City
Wicker Man (2006)
Not all films shot in Vancouver go on to be big box office hits, for example the re-make of Wicker Man grossed $38 million against a $40 million budget. The flop of a horror thriller was produced by and starred Nicolas Cage.
First Blood (1982)
BC’s wilderness is often used for film settings like the state of Washington, just like in the first Rambo movie. First Blood was shot during the winter using Hope for town scenes, Golden Ears Provincial Park and Pitt Lake. The production saw some real-life action adventure when over 50 of the imported firearms were stolen during filming.
- The first hour of Man of Steel (2013) used Vancouver for Alaska
- The final four Twilight installments used Vancouver for Oregon
- The acclaimed Juno (2007) starring Canadian Ellen Page used Vancouver for Minnesota
I, Robot (2004)
Vancouver has an amazing skyline, which often gets altered for TV and film like in the sci-fi action movie I, Robot starring the Fresh Prince himself, Will Smith. The computer generated backdrops in the movie represent a futuristic Chicago and make Vancouver virtually unrecognizable.
Written by Amar Mirchandani @amarmirch
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