Estonian quarries

In any good thriller, there’s always at least one dead guy. When there’s a dead guy, there are people looking for him. When there are people looking for a dead guy, your villain needs to get rid of him. One way to do it is to move your production to Louisiana and start mucking around in the swamp. The other—and much more exotic—option is to go to Estonia. Why? Because it’s packed with ideal spots for that “drowning car” scene every director since Hitchcock has been fantasizing about.

Spooky Places in Estonia

The title of one Goya’s etchings includes the statement, “The sleep of reason produces monsters.” While possibly true and strangely poetic, many other factors nurture dread, at least for horror movies. A screenwriter with a twisted sense of fantasy helps, but an eerie location leads to greater horror. “The Shining” would not have been nearly so frightening without the Overlook Hotel and its haunted corridors. And what about “The Fog” without its lighthouse? Was the Elm Street house of horror just a location, or was it a character?

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Tallinn, the capital of Estonia. – FilmEstonia

Take a midnight stroll or afternoon walk around its Old Town or in one of the many Soviet-era microdistricts, and you’ll quickly realize why so many directors have chosen Tallinn to be another character at the center of their stories. While most people thought Tom Cruise was the star of Michael Mann’s neo-noir crime action thriller, “Collateral,” the honor belongs elsewhere. And it wasn’t Jamie Foxx, although he could have been, brilliant actor that he is. And it wasn’t Jada Pinkett Smith or Ma

Estonian castles – FilmEstonia

“Fight and you may die,” said William Wallace, the guy who inspired Mel Gibson’s Braveheart. “Run and you will live–at least awhile. And dying in your bed many years from now, would you be willing to trade all the days from this day to that for one chance, just one chance, to come back here as young men and tell our enemies that they may take our lives but they will never take our freedom!” Well, maybe it wasn’t the actual William Wallace, a Scottish knight known for his foolhardiness during th

Tartu, the intellectual centre of Estonia – FilmEstonia

As a filmmaker, sometimes all you need is a miniature wooden town as a backdrop: no skyscrapers, no immense overpasses, no gigantic shopping malls. Just a bunch of cozy-looking wooden buildings that can perfectly accommodate the characters of your tightly written script. And a vibe so unique you don’t ever want to leave. There may be other places like that in the world, but which of them will reward you for bringing your production to them the way Tartu, Estonia’s second biggest city, does? And

Estonian cathedrals – FilmEstonia

Estonia has long been an appealing option for filmmakers, not only because of the country’s iconic cathedrals, but also because of the generous cash rebate system it extends to filmmakers. “Mission: Impossible – Fallout,” “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,” “Thor: The Dark World” and “Sherlock Holmes” are all movies with a surprising element in common: They were all filmed, at least partially, in St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. While the UK is indeed a wonderful country, and London is i

Estonian windmills – FilmEstonia

“There isn’t a single windmill owner in Holland who doesn’t have a second job–for when there is no wind,” British television personality Johnny Ball once said. An interesting point perhaps, but it’s not just the windmill owners who need a backup job: The windmills could use one as well. So why not put these cool energy-makers to another good use? When there’s a movie, surely there’s a way to write in a windmill scene, isn’t there? So if you’re looking for a way to get a windmill into your stor

"Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" Apollo Theatre

Doubtlessly, Albee's "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" is American dramaturgy at its excellence. Surprisingly enough, nothing much has happened to change that over the years. Times may have been slightly different back in 1962 when this almost revolutionary play premiered on Broadway. Some theorists have argued that the whole story--a family drama in its core essence--has strong political connotations. Albee's alleged decision to name his characters after the first presidential couple, George and Martha Washington, and a much later leader of the Soviet Union, Nikita Khrushchev (who biology professor Nick is claimed to have got his name from), may prove that point.