Filmed in Ferndale

1978: A Death in Canaan

A Death in Canaan is a 1978 American made-for-television drama film directed by Tony Richardson and starring Stefanie Powers, Paul Clemens, and Brian Dennehy.

Nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award in 1978 (Outstanding Special - Drama or Comedy), the film is based on the book of the same name by Joan Barthel. Its plot concerns the true-life story of a teenager who is put on trial for the murder of his mother in a small Connecticut town. 

The film first aired on the CBS Wednesday Night Movies on March 1, 1978, and was never officially released on any analogue or digital medium for rental or sale.

Outdoor scenes were filmed in Ferndale and Eureka, California.

Note: Keep a lookout for Salem’s Lot actors Kenneth McMillan* (as Police Sgt. Tim Scully) and Bonnie Bartlett** (as Teresa Noble).

*Plays Constable Parkins Gillespie in Salem's Lot

**Plays Ann Norton (Susan's mother) in Salem's Lot

Image ©1978 Warner Bros.

1979: Salem's Lot

Our favourite film... of course!

1995: Outbreak

Outbreak is a 1995 American medical disaster film directed by Wolfgang Petersen and based on Richard Preston's nonfiction book The Hot Zone.

The film stars Dustin Hoffman, Rene Russo, Morgan Freeman and Donald Sutherland, and co-stars Cuba Gooding Jr., Kevin Spacey and Patrick Dempsey.

The film focuses on an outbreak of a fictional Ebola-like Motaba virus, in Zaire and later in a small town in the United States. It is primarily set in the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the fictional town of Cedar Creek, California. Outbreak's plot speculates how far military and civilian agencies might go to contain the spread of a deadly, contagious disease.

Scenes in "Cedar Creek" were filmed in Ferndale, California, where tanks and helicopters were a common feature of daily life during nearly two months of filming.

Note: Keep a look out for Salem's Lot actor Lance Kerwin* (as the American Mercenary).

*Plays Mark Petrie in Salem's Lot

Image ©1995 Warner Bros.

2001: The Majestic

The Majestic is a 2001 American romantic period drama film directed and produced by Frank Darabont, written by Michael Sloane, and starring Jim Carrey. It premiered on December 11, 2001.

The town of Ferndale, California provided many of the interior and exterior locations for The Majestic. The namesake theatre was built as a false-front in the Ferndale municipal parking lot, and many Main Street buildings were modified by the film company.

Image ©2001 Warner Bros.