Before the Cheese Fry's corporate relocation to Texas, we embarked on an important mission to visit the Southern California private homes that were used as exterior locations in three of our favorite iconic 1980s movies.
The farthest trip took us all the way out into hot, dry Simi Valley. That's where the Freeling family lived in sleepy Cuesta Verde in 1982's Poltergeist.
Here's the picture we took:
And now a still from the movie when the subdivision didn't have so many white camper pick-up trucks ruining scenes. And we thought the house imploded ("You moved the headstones but you didn't move the bodies!") at the movie's conclusion. Hollywood, you fooled us again.
Our next trip took us to the outer reaches of Burbank, which filled in for Hill Valley in 1985's Back to the Future. It's the power lines that give this one away, don't you think? Here's our shot taken on a slow drive-by. This seemed to be a slightly sketchy neighborhood.
Very hard to find a good still off the internet for some reason even though this is where Doc Brown uttered the line "Roads? Where we're going, we don't need roads." All we could find was this dusky shot from one of the sequels.
Tujunga, California, shoved up against the mountains, is almost as far out as Simi Valley. This place doubled for Elliot's suburban house in 1982's E.T. Here's our shot, taken while standing brazenly at the foot of the driveway.
And then here's a shot from the movie, when the neighborhood was so new there were no trees or grass. Right or wrong, this movie imprinted in us what a happy family's neighborhood ought to look like: rolling hills, clean white pavement, identical cookie cutter houses lining the blocks. We love suburbia.
Phone home, people.