Suburban Commando (1991)

In the 1991 comedy “Suburban Commando,” Hulk Hogan plays a warrior from outer space named Shep Ramsey, who finds himself stranded on Earth after crash-landing. Ordered by his commander to use the time to take a vacation, Shep takes up residence with a suburban family.

The film was shot entirely in Southern California. Early in the movie, after Shep leaves his space craft hidden away to recharge, he first encounters Earthlings walking down this strip of storefronts, located in Pacific Palisades. The storefronts have changed very little from the time filming took place and much of it is still easily recognizable. He turns this corner from the parking area to see a cop writing a ticket and a man holding a broom, shouting at him.

LOCATION: 16618 Marquez Ave, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

As Shep continues walking, a group of women notice him and comment to themselves in front of this store.

LOCATION: 16636 Marquez Ave, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

In the same general area to the right of the doors, a woman is standing in front of a soda machine, angry because it took her money. Shep hits the machine and all the coins spill out, causing a group of kids to run over and collect them.

As he continues walking past this store, a couple pedestrians pass and comment on his unusual fashion.

LOCATION: 16642 Marquez Ave, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

Shep notices a dog locked in a vehicle in the blistering heat in front of this restaurant, where the owner sits and eats a meal and yells at the dog. Shep grabs the man, locks him in the vehicle and lets the dog finish the owner’s meal.

LOCATION: 16646 Marquez Ave, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

Shep reaches the end of the block, rounding the corner onto Bollinger Dr, where he notices a telephone pole with a posting advertising an apartment for rent. The phone pole has since been removed.

LOCATION: 16650 Marquez Ave, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

The scene ends with Shep taking the advertisement and walking down Bollinger Dr, implying the Wilcox property is located just down the road. The real location, however, is located nowhere near Pacific Palisades.

The same location appears again later in the film, when Shep encounters a mime, who he believes is actually stuck in an invisible force field.

LOCATION: Bollinger Dr / Marquez Ave Los Angeles, CA 90272

The apartment ad eventually leads Shep to Jenny Wilcox, played by Shelley Duvall, who posted the rental as a means to help bring in extra income for her husband Charlie, played by Christoper Lloyd. The Wilcox family home can be found in Tarzana.

LOCATION: 19106 Sylvan St, Tarzana, CA 91335

The house is mostly seen in tight shots, or facing out towards the street. There are, however, a couple brief views of the entire home in wide shots.

The neighboring homes to the left and right of the Wilcox house are also featured in the film. This is the home where Charlie’s neighbor is working on cars in the driveway throughout the film. He keeps leaving vehicles on the street, blocking Charlie from accessing his own driveway, until Shep takes matters into his own hands.

LOCATION: 19100 Sylvan St, Tarzana, CA 91335

On the other side of the Wilcox house is where the eccentric veteran neighbor sits out in the front lawn and strikes up a friendship with Shep, sharing battle stories.

LOCATION: 19112 Sylvan St, Tarzana, CA 91335

The traffic light Charlie keeps getting stuck at throughout the film can be found at the intersection of Burbank Blvd and Woodley Ave, near Encino Village in the San Fernando Valley.

LOCATION: Burbank Blvd / Woodley Ave, Los Angeles, CA 91411

Back To The Future (1985)

We’ll be the first to admit, with a film having as rabid of a fanbase the 1985 Robert Zemeckis classic “Back To The Future,” there are far more comprehensive websites than ours available to break down the filming sites.  Having said that, that doesn’t stop us from taking a look at some of our favorite spots.

Marty McFly’s house can be found in the San Fernando Valley, north of Los Angeles, in the town of Pacoima, California.

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LOCATION: 9303 Roslyndale Ave, Pacoima, CA 91331

Doc Brown’s house can be found over in Pasadena.  It’s the Gamble House, a National Historic Landmark and museum, which is open to public tours.  However, only the exterior was used for Doc’s house in the film.  The interior was shot at 1777 Hillcrest Ave, Pasadena, CA 91106, which is a private residence.

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LOCATION: 4 Westmoreland Pl, Pasadena, CA 91103

Doc’s garage, located on the same property, is now a bookstore.

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The Burger King where Mary hitches a ride on his skateboard, grabbing onto the back of a truck, is still operational and going strong.  You can find it in Burbank, California.

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LOCATION: 535 N Victory Blvd, Burbank, CA 91502

Hill Valley High School is actually Whittier High School.

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LOCATION: 12417 Philadelphia St, Whittier, CA 90601

The Twin Pines Mall is actually the Puente Hills Mall in City of Industry.  The mall occasionally hosts events in celebration of the film.

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LOCATION: Puente Hills Mall, 1600 S Azusa Ave, City of Industry, CA 91748

Inside the mall, you can even find this replica sign for the Twin Pines Mall.  Sometimes when there are special events surrounding the film, they will place this sign outside, as it appeared in the film.

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George McFly’s house can be found in South Pasadena.

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LOCATION: 1711 Bushnell Ave, South Pasadena, CA 91030

Marty’s mother Lorainne lives at this house, located on the same street, just a few doors down from George’s house.  It was used only for exterior shots.  This house was also used in another Michael J. Fox film, “Teen Wolf.”

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LOCATION: 1727 Bushnell Ave, South Pasadena, CA 91030

The interiors of Lorainne’s house were filmed at another property on the same road.

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LOCATION: 1705 Bushnell Ave, South Pasadena, CA 91030

Biff’s grandmother’s house can also be found on the same street.

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LOCATION: 1809 Bushnell Ave, South Pasadena, CA 91030

The courthouse square and clock tower can be found on the Universal Studios Lot in Hollywood.  The building has been used in countless other films, including “To Kill A Mockingbird,” “Gremlins” and “Bruce Almighty.”  In 2008, a fire destroyed much of the building, but Universal restored and reopened it in 2009.  Today, it can be seen once again as part of the Universal Studios Tour, but be warned, this area frequently hosts productions and the site is routinely closed off from the tours.  If you’re adamant about seeing the tower, it’s perhaps best to call ahead and find out if it’s showing on a given day.

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LOCATION: 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608

Few movie cars are as famous than the Delorean, with many fans building their own replicas.  There were in fact seven vehicles built for use in the original trilogy, with only three still known to exist.  Below is the first of those three, which appeared throughout the original film and in both sequels.  After spending 25 years as part of Universal Studio’s Hollywood Tour, the car had begun showing signs of wearing and many key pieces had been removed, including the famed flux capacitor.  A team was hired to meticulously restore the car back to it’s original form and the vehicle is now on permanent display at the Peterson Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, California.  The second Delorean is on display at Universal Studios Florida, while the third is privately owned.

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LOCATION: Peterson Automotive Museum, 6060 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

A look inside the restored vehicle.

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Here is the restored flux capacitor.

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One vehicle from the original film which can still be seen on the Universal Studios Hollywood Tour is Biff Tannen’s 1946 Ford Convertible.  Some vehicles from the sequels can also be seen there, but here we’ll strictly focus on the first film.

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LOCATION: 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608