This month is October! October in Nevada no less! What do Nevada and October have in common? Nevada Day just happens to also be Halloween Day! How cool is that!
Halloween! “the evening of October 31: the eve of All Saints Day; Allhallows Eve: observed especially by children in costumes who solicit treats, often by threatening minor pranks.” A number of movie directors over the years saw some unique possibilities in the Ennis House as a movie set for the emerging Hollywood Industry. In 1982, Ridley Scott directed Blade Runner and used the Ennis House to best capture “the most dystopian vision of Los Angeles ever put on film”!
The villain in Blade Runner, Roy Batty, magnificently played by Rutger Hauer, was a Nexus-6 combat model replicant, who filled the role of a replicant group renegade and together they hijacked a shuttle in order to travel to Earth and demand a longer lifespan. The character Roy Batty epitomized the notion that “The Light That Burns Twice As Bright Burns Half As Long — And You Have Burned So Very, Very Brightly, Roy. Look At You: You’re The Prodigal Son; You’re Quite A Prize!”
Steve Oney, author of House on Haunted Hill, wrote about the Ennis House as the perfect vehicle within whose walls and staggered masses could entomb the spirits of not only former inhabitants but also the fictional sci-fi characters of writer Philip K. Dick in his book Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Renamed Blade Runner by the movie industry, director Ridley Scott chose the mausoleum-like fortress known as the Ennis House as the residence of villain Roy Batty. Frank Lloyd Wright, the architect of the iconic Los Angeles residence Ennis House, stated: “Building becomes architecture only when the mind of man consciously takes it and tries with all his resources to make it beautiful, to put concordance, sympathy with nature, and all that into it. Then you have architecture.”
What do you think a private residence like the Ennis House becomes when you put sci-fi characters and Hollywood writers/actors/cameras/props in the mix and project it on the big cinematic screen?