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Elm Street On-Set Report from Gary, Indiana

The long abandoned City Methodist Church in Gary, IndianaMichael Puente from Chicago-based Public Radio station KBEZ reported in from the Gary, Indiana, set of the Nightmare on Elm Street reboot, and it looks like the project has generated mixed feelings among the townsfolk.

Ben Clement, head of the city’s film and television office, is concerned about the image of Gary, especially after 1996’s Original Gangstas portrayed the town as a tough place. He says, “We’re always concerned about our image because our image is not the best. So to combat that we try to minimize the amount of media or motion picture production that contributes to that negative image.

On the other hand, the mayor of Gary, Rudy Clay, doesn’t mind that his town is home to a horror film. He adds, “We’re not going to be too picky, although we would love to have more movies that don’t deal with violence. We’re not going to be that adamant about not making movies in Gary and all of that because it’s a movie!

Some residents weigh in as well. Senior citizen Bob Smith, who lives near the shoot, says, “Hollywood is just making fun of [the] city. It’s not going to benefit Gary. It’s ridiculing Gary.” But Charlie Wheeler disagrees by saying, “They should use it. Anything helps.” Considering how the former steel town is struggling economically in these times, it’s likely more people agree with Wheeler than Smith.

To read the full transcript and/or listen to the broadcast, click here.

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  • FilmCritic3000

    Uh, don’t the residents of Gary appreciate the money the film production is bringing to their local economy?

    I’d rather have that movie filmed here in Savannah than “The Last Song”, a new Miley Cyrus movie that starts filming here this month. It’s a drama based on a Nicholas Sparks novel he hasn’t even written yet and she’s going to have to, um, “act”. Let’s see if her Disney-owned soul can portray anything other than a tween pop star with a twang. Survey says not likely.

  • doubleh55

    Wait? The film takes place in Ohio but they’re using Illinois and Gary, Indiana to film it? That makes absolutely no sense. That guy must have gotten his facts wrong.

    Also, Gary, IN sucks.

    • The Woman In Black

      That’s not so unusual — filmmakers often use one city or state to stand in for another.

      • PelusaMG

        With one of the worst examples being John Carpenter’s “Halloween”; filmed in California, which was doubling up as Illinois. In some shots you can see palm trees in the distance, which (of course) you do not find naturally growing in Illinois.

    • Gus Bjork

      Gary, Indiana. Making St. Louis look good since 1984!

      This message brought to you by the Missouri Chamber of Commerce.