Opinion: Santa Cruz and Scary Movies

‘The Lost Boys’ isn’t this area’s only connection to fear film

Alfred Hitchcock and his wife Alma Reville

Editor's Note

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Adam Roche’s Secret History of Hollywood podcasts have kept me entertained over many a long run in the last couple of years. Each episode is generally two or three hours long, and while he’s gotten flamed on social media for his ultra-long releases, they’re actually really perfect when you’re looking for something to stay engaged with over 19 or 20 miles. While sweating through some ridiculous slog in the Santa Cruz Mountains back in March, I was listening to his mini-series The Adventures of Alfred Hitchcock, and he mentioned Hitchcock’s second home in Scotts Valley. I’d read about that estate (which is now home to Armitage Wines) before, and it got me wondering why Hitchcock and his wife Alma Reville chose this area in the first place—a question I’d never seen anyone even attempt to answer.

Months later, I was talking to GT’s Managing Editor Adam Joseph about how the only contribution to scary movies Santa Cruz ever really gets credit for is The Lost Boys. I love that movie, don’t get me wrong—the poster is hanging in my office—but there are other Santa Cruz connections to scary-movie history that are interesting, too. Adam mentioned his own fascination with Killer Klowns From Outer Space, the 1988 cult classic that was filmed in this area. We decided to team up for this Halloween Issue double-feature that explores a couple of Santa Cruz County’s contributions to horror movies, Non-Lost-Boys-Division. We hope you enjoy it, and happy Halloween!



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