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Landmark Petrolia mansion part of movie shoot

Landmark Petrolia mansion part of movie shoot

Carl Hnatyshyn/Postmedia Network Film crews were setting up outside Petrolia's historic Sunnyside Mansion on Friday. Scenes from CBS Films' upcoming movie Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark were being filmed in the Victorian mansion. SO

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Scenes from a Hollywood film are being shot in Petrolia, with one of the town’s most distinguished landmarks playing a leading role.

Several of Petrolia’s main thoroughfares were shut down Thursday, Friday and Saturday as crews filmed scenes at Petrolia’s Sunnyside Mansion for CBS Films’ upcoming horror movie, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.

The film, which accordin g to imbd.com is to be released in 2019, is being produced by Academy Award-winning director Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water, Pacific Rim), directed by Norwegian filmmaker Andre Ovredal (Trollhunter) and starring a host of young actors as well as perennial horror film favourite Javier Botet (It, Slender Man) and Breaking Bad’s Dean Norris.

The film is about a group of teens investigating a wave of gruesome deaths in their small town. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is based on a series of popular children’s books written by Alan Schwartz.

The decision to use the 22-room mansion â€" by oil baron John Henry Fairbank in 1891 â€" came to no surprise to Petrolia Heritage Committee chair Martin Dillon.

“Well, it’s a beautiful Victorian mansion but because it’s fallen into disrepair over the years,” Dillon said. “It does look like your classic haunted house in the movies. It has fabulous architecture, but I’m sure it looks spooky to people because some of the trim work on the porch almost looks like driftwood, it looks like it’s rotting and falling apart.

“For those of us who have been here for a long time, we know it as the Fairbank Mansion, we know its history and we know that it’s a beautiful example of Victorian architecture, but we really don’t notice the deterioration,” he added. “But that’s been going on for sixty years.”

Dillon said he hopes the building’s newfound celebrity might help convince community members to repair the downtrodden 19th-century mansion, which Dillon said was originally equipped with six washrooms, a massive kitchen as well as Downton Abbey-style servants’ quarters.

“It’s in the hands of the Burney family (the owners of the property) and they really haven’t had a lot of communication with the town or the heritage committee,” he said. “It would be a big undertaking to restore that house, but regardless of what it cost it would be worth it. It’s an imposing structure and it looks like it will be there for another 150 years.”

Dillon said he was looking forward to watching Sunnyside play a major role in the big-budget horror movie.

“Yeah, that will probably be really cool,” he said. “It’ll give people the chance to see it on the big screen.”

Source: Google News Movie

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