“House on Haunted Hill”

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?

Rutger Hauer as Roy Batty
Two Scenes from Blade Runner Shot Inside the Ennis House
Another Scene from Blade Runner Shot Inside the Ennis House

Published by: roberttracyphd

Academic professor at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. I teach theory courses in Art and Architecture History. In addition, I also curate exhibitions on campus as well as in other venues nationally and internationally.

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37 thoughts on ““House on Haunted Hill””

  1. They become landmarks. They become more than just a building. We’ve seen it happen with multiple ‘TV and Film’ houses and buildings. They gain a new sense of meaning as fans of the series/film see it as an artifact with significance. Recently in the news, I saw that Airbnb put the ‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ mansion up so that fans can experience it for themselves. That house is different than the other listings on Airbnb. Not just because it’s a mansion, but it has cultural significance to people. The Ennis House would have that same significance placed by fans of the film it appeared in.

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  2. Either well received or disliked, the project will gain attention through Hollywoods backdrop. Through the creative works of writers, actors and props, a sense of origin and cultural context can be applied. For example, Miami, FL embodies vibrancy, beaches, day clubs and relaxation. In contrast New York City is characterized as fast paced, the concrete jungle, or the city that never sleeps. Pieces of architecture that are taken out of their regional context, can evoke a new dimension. Movies that use certain projects, have the ability to manipulate interpretations through a fictional framework. Often dismissed, details are significant in creating context. Ennis Home takes on traits of Mayan temples and its distinct textile. This sets the tone for a futuristic theme or one that is different to a traditional residence. Overall connections are created when architectural features are put into focus. These scenes or takes, will long resonate a time or period for individuals. The project essentially becomes internationally recognized.

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  3. Since we are talking about October and Halloween it reminds me of the I believe it is called the Ropes House. If you are a fan of Hocus Pocus like I am, the house in the movie was shown as Allisons. I think when it comes to things like this, these tv houses, they become very memorable. It isn’t just a house anymore. It becomes a historic place. Fans and others can visit these houses and get to see what it may have felt like being on set. They get to remember scenes and probably act them out. It’s actually a beautiful thing I may say.

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  4. A house often attracts the attention of the public after it has been on the big cinematic screen, while the entire movie might not be remembered certainly the context or location is not forgotten. Architecture that offers a different perspective from the typical homes is seen as innovative and futuristic leaving the viewer to want to experience the design in the same manner as the actors. I believe the setting of the film or TV show is as important as the characters since the location can enhance the performance and give in-depth meaning to certain scenes to correctly express an emotion. Architecture is a tool that evokes emotion whether is that of curiosity, mystery, sadness, or joy. Once the place is given meaning through multiple layers of architecture, actors, and props then it has the potential to become an iconic piece.

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  5. A prominent house such as the Ennis House has had the fortunate ability to gain notoriety from its Hollywood backdrop and appearances in many films. Its speaks to our fascination between the connection of art, script writing and architecture and its ability to create significance and prominence in how we see things. The fact that a house designed and inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright’s trips to the Mayan temples can become such a prominent backdrop of many films speaks to our overwhelming fascination will historical significance and attention to detail. Incorporating sci-fi characters and futuristic cinematics would only add another chapter to the Ennis house’ fanatical sensation for the contextual connection the home brings between fans and its contextual backdrop. Movies have always been about projection and giving us a sense of interpretive feelings that make us feel as if we were there. Thus, the Ennis house becomes the perfect backdrop with its Mayan revival architecture proving to serve as the perfect source of contextual flexibility for films that are entirely different, and yet similarly resonate lasting memories from the context provided.

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  6. I imagine something like Star Trek or Star Wars to be filmed in the Ennis House. I have noticed that interesting buildings, and places often become a part of a Hollywood movie. The Ennis House reminds me of the Bulgarian Buzludzha. Their architecture is contrasting. For example Buzludzha is The Monument House of the Bulgarian Communist Party, it was built on Buzludzha Peak in central Bulgaria. Interesting fact is that Hollywood productions like the Mechanic are filmed in Buzludzha. It was very interesting to see how this building was a part of a Hollywood movie. I saw the actors there and it was intriguing. I think that Ennis House can be filmed in different fictions, because the architecture of the house is stunning.

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  7. I think that any location given visibility by sci-fi characters and Hollywood productions becomes much more fantastical and well known. It will also grow as a tourist destination. Although the history of Ennis House is deeply rooted in Frank Lloyd Wright’s richly designed Mayan temple influenced architecture, I think the location lives on longer as a famous location than the original purpose as a residential home for Charles and Mabel Ennis. I have never seen “Blade Runner,” but ironically enough, I was watching Vincent Price’s 1959 “House on a Haunted Hill” yesterday morning! Upon watching the film, which is in black and white, the first thing I noticed was the complex and almost unreal shape of the house as the guests arrived. It really did look like a cardboard built Hollywood set with it’s perfectly straight lines and flat planes. The concrete bricks that make it up are perfectly designed for each other. The building looks much more like an ancient temple or famous monument than a home. I think this design gives it the claim to fame it deserves. Using pop culture to project a location like Ennis House does not diminish its rich history, it only adds to it!

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  8. When we see architecture within movies in any case, especially in more popular movies, that architecture can easily be recognizable to us. I remember seeing the Griffith Observatory building in a movie, and I didn’t really think too much about it until I had actually visited the observatory and I had remembered the movie. Similarly, the Bradbury building was also in Blade Runner and I had visited the building before watching the movie and I was able to recognize the building in the movie scene.

    Architecture along with the special effects, props, lighting, etc (the extra movie magic), can be really enhanced and help set the tone of the scene. I think in the case of the Ennis house and Blade Runner, a lot of people probably wanted to know where the scenes with the house had been filmed or if the house was made especially for the movie (either in really life or through special effects. Incorporating these architectural works into movies really highlights the architecture but I also think that a lot of the key points of these architectural works get lost behind the story of the movie. Of course, the architectural details aren’t the main focus of the movie.

    When people come to recognize these architectural landmarks after seeing them in movies, it seems like most times the reaction will be “oh this building was in this movie.” and the statement kind of ends there. Architecture is much more than the background to our favorite movies. Overall, I think that the architecture in movies become more recognized as landmarks and theres an increase in their visibility to people – but the background behind them and the details that make them special can get lost and even forgotten.

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  9. I think that generally after a place is used in Hollywood productions, it becomes an iconic building. This is especially true with a place like the Ennis House, which was used in many different commercials, photoshoots, shows, and films. The Ennis House designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and was built in the 1920’s, it’s distinctive style was inspired by old Mayan temples. The house’s unusual appearance attracted a lot of attention and was certainly why it so many productions took place there. I think because of this Hollywood-found-fame the building has been restored and preserved to this day. People recognize it if they have seen it in media, it has history and charm, it is remembered and cared for by its owners. The Ennis House’s restoration cost was more than a few million dollars, the dedication put into keeping this building cannot be understated. The same can’t be said for other buildings such as the Dodge House.

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  10. Maria Dos Santos
    ART 699
    Week 7 Response

    When a private residence like the Ennis House gets used for any Hollywood purposes, it loses part of its essence. I don’t believe that the intricacies of an iconic private residence can accurately be translated into a format that can be digested through the medium of a sci-fi playwright. Through the incorporation of sci-fi characters and Hollywood writers, actors, cameras and props, the actual residence becomes simply a prop, as well. It becomes merely the background for a scene and this isn’t right. The Ennis House by Frank Lloyd Wright has so much history and beauty. It’s disappointing to think that people who are not affined to architecture might disregard this private residence for what it actually is, and just see it as ‘that one house from that one movie.’ It’s important to protect the integrity of certain residences. It’s not necessarily harmful to include actual architecture in cinema, but it’s important to be appropriate and thoughtful on this subject.

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  11. The Ennis House is already a very unusual piece of art. And it is impressive to see how seamless Wright blended the LA Spanish and Mayan pagan designs, inspirations, and details into a home. I think that when you take a piece of art like the Ennis House, it can strike us all differently me, personally, it hits me as beautiful but also unsettling. However, to an artist/cameraman, this type of versatile environment change be shifted to envoke their audience in a certain way. By way of lighting, furniture, and even the acting the Ennis house could be Hunted or a beautiful palace fit for a royal. And of course, when screenwriters and directors use this place to bring their vision to life, they turn it into an idol of some kind. The Ennis House is no longer just a piece of art/architecture but a place that has helped create more art, art that everyone can enjoy from anywhere in the world, not just that neighbor in LA.

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  12. Using real-life private architecture like the Ennis House in movies, especially in fantastical films like House on Haunted Hill or Blade Runner, can have a very powerful and beneficial effect. Recontextualizing a residence into a futuristic apartment or a Gothic castle encourages us to rethink the world around us and become more open to seeing things in new ways. It deepens our engagement with our surroundings and activates our imaginations. I’m reminded of Jean-Luc Godard’s 1965 film Alphaville, which used then-new glass and steel frame architecture in Paris to depict a futuristic city on a distant planet. Godard makes little attempt to hide that he is filming in everyday locales; instead, he wants to offer a critique of the rapidly changing cityscape by depicting it as a soulless, alien dystopia. While I don’t live in the Paris of the 1960s, seeing the film make me look at city architecture in new ways, reimagining the way I interacted with the world.

    The use of these homes as movie backdrops can also have the benefit of exposing more people to them. Very few of us will ever live in a place like Ennis House, but seeing it in a movie can give us the thrill of second-hand experience. Far more people will see Blade Runner than will ever visit the Ennis House in person or read about it in an architecture textbook. Exposing these places to a wider audience makes them a part of popular culture. This notoriety can make preservation or restoration efforts much easier.

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  13. Ennis House, according to Leo Marmol, “is sort of a freak.” It’s a fortress on a hill that is enticing yet ominous. Even though it’s technically a private residence, its appearances on screen change the way we see it. By taking an actual building that exists in our world, and using it on screen to depict a fantasy, it starts to feel like it belongs to the public. Ennis House is the perfect structure to project into a sci-fi or dystopian fantasy. The massive scale and unique brick design evokes either an ancient lost city or a futuristic compound. Buildings, and houses in particular, are perfect vehicles for storytelling. In horror stories, the haunted house is probably the most common universal thread across cultures and eras. In many iterations, the houses take on anthropomorphic qualities that mirror the turmoil within the characters. Famous houses from movies, whether haunted or not, will always have a magnetic pull that transcends whatever the structure’s origins may be.

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  14. The Ennis House designed by the amazing American architect Frank Lloyd Wright became an iconic masterpiece of architecture in Los Angeles and was very sought after to be in big block buster films. The Ennis House is highly sought after from Hollywood’s film industry because the architecture of the walls features a handmade pattern that is engraved into the concrete block, creating a texture that makes the staggered masses of the walls to feel entombed with a spirit, an inhabitant creature, or also a fictional sci-fi characters. I believe when you put Hollywood’s writers, actors, cameras, and props into the mix of a private residence and make it a big cinema spectacle. The house becomes a star, and the private residence shifts to a commercial project. The house is not a private residence anymore because at this point you factored into the equation sci-fi characters, Hollywood’s show biz, and most importantly everyone can see your so-called private residence on the big screen. I’m not saying there is anything wrong with the owner’s decision, I just strongly believe there is nothing private about the Ennis House residence anymore.

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  15. When sci-fi characters and Hollywood writers/actors/cameras/props are in the mix use the private residence like the Ennis House to project it on the big cinematic screen it adds more value and history into the house. The Sheats Goldstein residence has also been used in multiple movies such as foe James Bond. I see no problem in creating art within a masterpiece backdrop. There are histories added into the house and will allow people to see it for its value. The house becomes important and is put into preservation. The house may be seen with a different meaning and aura on screen but I believe it is just an appreciation, it would be amazing if someone put my future architectural masterpiece in a movie and with that, people will know the house and will put value, resulting into a masterpiece fit into a museum or visual preservation. It is art appreciation and not a disrespect of the previous history and designer or artist.

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  16. My first thought when I Saw Ennis House was, “Wow, this looks like something out of a movie.” When you put sci-fi and Hollywood into the mix, an architectural masterpiece like this becomes iconic and timeless. I also realized that I have actually seen this house before and I had never even known about it. This house has been used for shows that I have watched such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Twin Peaks. It’s so strange how you can see something so many times and be so unaware of it. It’s very interesting to see that it is best known for Blade Runner and the House on Haunted Hill, also two very big names. While they are all within the sci-fi supernatural genre, they are all very different works. I find it so awesome that each director can manipulate an architectural work like Ennis House and produce a different interpretation for their own film. This is an art in itself. The fact that a house so distinct with its Mayan temple inspired design can be used in such a diverse way shows that this house has something that sets it apart from other buildings and works of architecture. It is making an impact on its community, on the people who want to live in it, and the people who want to use it in their films. Private residences are frequently used in film, often just some rich person’s modern home, but Ennis House is so distinct, it’s not surprising that the architecture itself has basically cultivated its own fan base. Pop culture can be found in all kinds of places, and I feel that this house has become apart of that mix, and kept its significance going. It’s partially and largely because people can connect to this home, through their love of movies, and how scenes of such films have moved them that an older residential home like this is still holding its value financially and artistically.

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  17. When you watch a movie or follow a tv series you follow a story and in a way you experience that story yourself. It is an emotional journey and you form connections with the places and characters because they made you feel a certain way, whether it is good or bad. You may only watch a movie or show a single time but somehow it is ingrained in your memory. It gives me a child like excitement when something I saw on screen becomes a reality, even though I know it is not actually real, it taps into my imagination somehow. It is a strange phenomena but I think it makes a house or a location special for people because it *feels* like they experienced something significant there and it invokes a sense of nostalgia. I remember reading about a replication of the Simpsons house in Henderson. I would have absolutely loved to go there even though it was only a replica of a house that never even existed!

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  18. When placing Hollywood films in a location it turns it from a simple place into a landmark, it adds interest and a new history, even lore into the location. It can give a new perspective and new feeling to the location. They created the hobbit homes in Sikhio, Thailand. Now those rolling hills brings in tourism and interest to the fake façade of a homes.

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  19. I think they join rare iconic status. The decision to use the Ennis House or other places that were created outside of cinematic intent elevate the property to a new level. Many movies and shows are filmed on sets to create perfect conditions to capture what the director envisions. If a director chooses to shoot at an already existing location that means there is a significance to the place the director chooses. It is as if the place has captured the ideal space for fantasy to exist.

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  20. When a private residence like Ennis House is used to tell a theatrical story that will reach audiences for generations, it becomes a piece of that story. The residence is no longer private, it no longer belongs to a small group of people. Instead, it is transformed into what the story depicts it as, living in the minds of the audience of the movie as a piece of the story. It is transformed from an architectural art piece to a cinematic one. Its meaning and cultural value are no longer only represented by its architecture but within the cultural context of the movie and the time in which it was made. It is the physical embodiment of a fantasy world brought to life.

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  21. The Ennis house becomes an iconic monument when it is not only the set of a single movie, but multiple. It has been used in a dozen different movies and every movie has different concepts. For it to be used in Blade Runner, cements its status as iconic. Its design is perfect for a movie that doesn’t revolve around actual reality. The Ennis house takes you to a place that doesn’t seem familiar.

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  22. When private residences like the Ennis House are used as props/settings in movies, I think they become a whole new character with their own personalities. I think the context in which the space is used really affects what it’ll become. For example, the house they used on ‘Full House’ is another member of the family. I see it as warm and welcoming. It’s a great way to get the public to care about the state of a building. It doesn’t necessarily erase it’s history, but adds to it. Sure when most people look at it they’ll probably think “oh its that place from that movie,” but that could lead them to researching the building and learning the rest of its history too.

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  23. I believe the Ennis House becomes even more interesting and has a greater emphasis in culture due to it having an important role in Hollywood. The Ennis House becomes an important landmark and tourist attraction due to its use in pop culture. This gives the house a new meaning and gaining a wide variety of audiences. This causes people to want to visit the building and experience it for themselves from what they have seen on television and the cinematic screen.

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  24. I would like to think that when a piece of architecture like the Ennis House is placed in a cinematic piece, it allows people that would not normally be exposed to great architecture, to make connections with it! To a lot of people it becomes, “the house in that one movie,” but to the ones that make a true connection with the use of great architecture within a film will learn that film is an art and so is everything the goes into it. The medium of film is other people’s creations ! That is something that can be taken away from this and applied to every film. In closing, I think that using a private residence like the Ennis House in films is beneficial and it sparks creativity. In fact, this makes me think: in what other creative ways could the Ennis House be used besides film?

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  25. I think they become icons or symbols in their own way. When viewing pictures of the Ennis house, I already thought that it was wonderful work of architecture. Now that Hollywood got involved and used the Ennis house in Blade Runner, the meaning of it changed and I can’t unthinking that this house was used in a film. I think the way that Hollywood can take a real house where someone once lived and used it for a movie in a whole different era/time/world makes the house versatile and symbolic.

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  27. Private residences put into movies, films, and television almost instantly become must see locations when visiting the surrounding area. Take 1120 Westchester Place, Los Angeles, CA 90019 for an example. This address might not sound special, but this is the location of the murder house in the very first season of American Horror Story. Maybe 1709 Broderick St, San Francisco, CA 94115 sounds familiar? No? Well this is the well loved home to the Tanner family of the iconic show Full House. Instantly after these houses appeared on screens across the world, tourists flock to these private homes, just to take a quick picture and post a corn caption relation to the show or movie.

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  28. Ennis House, designed by the famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright in 1924, is among the best residential examples of Mayan Revival architecture. Reflecting on the ornate and symmetrical style of the Mayan culture, the residence is one of the most respected structures in the architectural world. Due to Ennis House’s exoticism, his prominent presence in the Hollywood film industry has never disappeared, and he has appeared in many movies. The house has been used in numerous films such as Mulholland Drive, The Rocketeer, Rush Hour, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Predator 2, Beverly Hills Cop II, and Blade Runner in TV series such as Game of Thrones, Firefly, and in many commercials and TV shows. Due to environmental and cultural changes, some buildings that cannot maintain their original function and are not used continue to live with the evolution of operation and find the opportunity to participate in urban life. However, in some cases, new functions were introduced without considering the building’s integrity, its architectural value, and its contributions to the environment. In this case, architecture is as valuable as the art performed as it is related to all skills.

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  29. As the Ennis House itself is already an enigma and frankly almost unbelievable as a private residence, when you add in sci-fi characters and everything that is Hollywood, it becomes both of those factors tenfold. While mysterious and somewhat spooky on its own, applying it as a movie prop makes it feels otherworldly and made up. However it is also a way to make the house more appreciated within the art world I believe, because it garnered enough attention to attract an interest for the big screen. It also becomes a model for future artists, not to copy, but to be influenced by and translate said influence into their work, to first of all, have fun and secondly perhaps achieve status. And finally, I think it makes people who are not typically artistically inclined, to consider art and interact with it even more, gathering a larger audience for the art world that does not solely consist of only artists. It is important for art to reach all audiences, and if putting it in movies and other mainstream flows is what helps, then so be it.

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  30. Being able to have a film be produced in the Ennis House is two artworks colaiding . The film being produced there is like a performance happing in a piece of sculpture. It is interesting how this specific place got chosen for a a sifi film because it wouldn’t be expected. But the director saw the how special Ennis House is. That being said it becomes more memorable in different ways and becomes more appreciated.

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  31. I would say that when a house or structure is used in a successful film it becomes a monument in a sense. Even an unremarkable house might be given meaning if a significant event took place there such as a movie being filmed or even a murder occurring. Human’s tend to place value and significants on structures due to not only what they were originally intended to represent, but also what they have come to mean over time.

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  32. When you use a building like Ennis House in a Hollywood film, the context changes your perception of the building itself entirely. If you were to visit Ennis House in person, you’d be trying to find the narratives in the walls (quite literally). The building itself is quite enigmatic at a glance, however when featured in film like how it was portrayed in Blade Runner, it gives off a foreign yet refined feel. Blade Runner is set in the future, something already alien to us the viewer so it gives an identity more to the Ennis House. This is also shared with its other roles in films such as my personal favorite House on Haunted Hill. A mysterious night, suspicious guest, an eccentric host, and ultimately a strange, haunted house. The Ennis House fills that role perfectly, and compliments a film narrative that is surrounded by suspense, but defined still by itself.

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  33. I think houses like the Ennis House, when used as props, become important aspects of film. Looking at the images, it surely is a unique looking building, but can appear in so many different ways depending on the movie, thus becoming different places for different people. While mere stage props can be discarded and stores away, a house house can become a place that people want to visit.

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  34. Arron Adams
    Art 473-1001
    Every place has a story to tell, a history of what happened, who was there, what they did, but for most places that story is difficult – if not impossible – to see on the surface. But when a place is made part of a story, and the story is told first, then when people visit the place they know the story and can feel more connected to the place, the experience seems more personal. So when you put something like a building into a movie, people can visit the building and remember the story, remember what happened there, and almost feel like they have become some small part of the story, become closer to the story and the characters who were there in that very place.

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  35. I think a private residence like the Ennis House when putting Hollywood entertainment in the mix and on the big screen becomes more than it already is. It adds a sense of curiosity and value to it. Those who have never heard of these private residences then want to branch out and discover these places for themselves. It adds attention and benefits whatever place is shown. If there is positive history behind it, it’s great that people get to learn about it and what it truly went through.

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  36. I personally think it transforms the house when it is received by the viewer in this light. I’m a pretty big film guy and have seen Bladerunner on numerous occasions and for life of me I couldn’t tell you the name of this house until talking this class. So up until now I found the use of the location to fit well with the aesthetic of the movie. the geometric stone work for example accentuates the overall futuristic theme with it almost machine like designs. And I feel this is the same for other movies shot in specific locations based on their selection being made by a wholly aesthetic desire. In other words I think that sites such as the Ennis House can help solidify the overall visualization of the movie as long as the director makes the conscious effort to do so.

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  37. I think that private residences like the Ennis House become landmarks and tourist attractions when you project them onto the big cinematic screen. When the Ennis House was included in the movie Blade Runner, it likely saw a surge in popularity as a location that people, especially tourists, would like to visit. Prior to the airing of Blade Runner, the Ennis House was a private residence, but after said movie aired, it became more well-known to the public and wasn’t as “private” anymore. Plus, putting a private residence like the Ennis House in a movie like Blade Runner transforms the place into something totally different from what it is outside of the movie. In real life, the Ennis House is a private residence, but in Blade Runner, it is a mausoleum-like fortress and residence of villain Roy Batty. Once people see the house on the big screen and find out where they can find it, it becomes a very popular spot for people to visit, ultimately causing a boom in popularity and visitors. When you put sci-fi characters and Hollywood writers/actors/cameras/props in the mix and project them onto the big screen, people will become interested in learning about the location where the movie was shot and will want to see said location in person. Sometimes, all it takes is one movie appearance to turn a private residence into a landmark.

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