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Monday June 18th 2018

Scream | 1996

Scream location: The bloodbath mansion: Tomales, central California
Scream location: The bloodbath mansion: Tomales, central California

First of that whole new genre, the post-modern, ironic slasher movie, from the pen of Kevin Williamson, made in Sonoma County, in the area around Santa Rosa, north of San Francisco, northern California.

The isolated house of unfortunate Casey Becker (Drew Barrymore), who pays a nasty price for flunking a movie trivia quiz, is on Sonoma Mountain Road, Glen Ellen, Route 12, southeast of Santa Rosa.

The home of Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) is to the north of Santa Rosa, on Calistoga Road, toward Calistoga.

There's no 'Woodsboro' in northern California, of course. ‘Woodsboro High’ was to have been Santa Rosa High School, but the school board pulled out when they read the script – hence the ‘No thanks at all to...’ credit at the end of the movie. In the end, the school was played by Sonoma Community Center, 276 East Napa Street, Sonoma, to the southeast of Santa Rosa.

‘Woodsboro’ town square, though, where the teens gather by the fountain to discuss the grisly details of the Ghostface killer murders, is way north of Santa Rosa. It’s the Town Square, Healdsburg, on Hwy101, and here too you'll find the cop station, which is Healdsburg Police Station.

Scream location: 'Woodsboro' town square: Healdsburg, northern California
Scream location: ‘Woodsboro’ town square: Healdsburg, northern California

In Santa Rosa itself is the video store, where film buff Randy Meeks (Jamie Kennedy) works, which is Bradley Video, 3080 Marlow Road, Santa Rosa.

The mansion where the climactic bloodbath takes place is to the west, almost to the coast. It's a private house, overlooking Tomales, Hwy1, just east of town, south from the Petaluma Road. At the time of filming, the house was empty, but it's now renovated and occupied, so please respect the owners' privacy.