Shooting on the front lawn.
Little Hercules with a.o. Hulk Hogan. November
field and bleachers of Verdugo's Kersey Field were filled
with cast, crew and extras during several nights of filming
the movie Boys and Girls in November, 1999.
The following FEATURE FILMS were shot on location at Verdugo Hills High School. The dates in parentheses after the title indicate the film's release date.
- Hercules in 3-D (2005, November)
The movie crew was here on Verdugo’s
campus again. This time they were filming a movie named
Hercules in 3-D. Filming started on Sunday,
October 23, 2005 and ended on Tuesday, November 8, 2005.
The movie stars Richard Sandrak (Little Hercules), Judd
Nelson (The Breakfast Club), Robin Gibbons (Head of
the Class & Mike Tyson’s ex- wife), and Hulk
Hogan (Former Pro Wrestler). There are a lot of special
effects and movie magic. In one of the scenes in this
mythical storyline, little Hercules with his special
strengths, lifts Paul Wight from the WWF. This movie
will hit theaters in less than a year.
Hulk Hogan as Zeus
- Cursed (2003, April)
- Horror. Wes Craven is planning to shoot a new movie
in April 20030.
- Not Another Teen Movie (2001, March)
- Comedy. Feature film for teenagers from Columbia / Sony.
- Clockstoppers (2001, February)
- Feature film for young kids.
- Boys and Girls (2000)
- Actual Verdugo students and locations are featured in
this film starring Freddie Prinze, Jr., Claire Forlani,
and Heather Donahue.
VHHS doubles as Warren G.
Harding High School in this teen comedy that follows the
lives of "Ryan" (Prinze) and "Jennifer"
(Forlani) as they find, lose, and find love again.
Scenes surrounding Homecoming
at the school were shot on campus from November 17 though
19, 1999. Included in the location shots are the big cross-town
rival football game between the Harding Knights and the
Jackson Gophers as well as several scenes in other areas
of the campus including shots in the main hallway that
was beautifully redone in art-deco style by the set designers.
Producers of the film also
cast some of our "home-grown talent" in the
film. Our VHHS Dons varsity cheerleaders appear as the
Harding cheerleaders, both the Knights' and Gophers' football
players are members of Verdugo's 1999 Football squad,
and the flag girls in the homecoming procession are members
of VHHS's drill and flag team.
Also appearing in the movie
are the 1999 Mustangs cheerleading team from Vasquez High
School in Acton, Calif. (as the Gophers' cheerleaders),
and the crowd in the stands is composed of students from
a number of local schools including Verdugo Hills, Eagle
Rock, and Glendale High Schools, among others.
The film is scheduled for
domestic theatrical release through Miramax in Summer,
2000. Be sure to look for it.
- 187 (1997)
- The summer of 1996 saw VHHS become John Quincy Adams
High School with its "Fighting Quails" mascot
in this action film starring Samuel L. Jackson, John Heard,
Kelly Rowan and Chris Gonzales.
Look for a number of Verdugo
students as extras in this movie about "Trevor Garfield"
(Jackson), a dedicated Brooklyn science teacher, who is
stabbed by a student who fails his class. Once he recovers,
Garfield leaves New York for a new start teaching in L.A.,
only to confront violence in the schools once again.
Quite a few campus locations
are featured, though many are difficult to recognize after
being made over by the set dressers. Can you spot the
building that was constructed especially for the movie
and then destroyed?
- The Craft (1995)
- Starring Robin Tunney, Fairuza Balk, Neve Campbell and
Rachel True. Ever wonder what Verdugo would look like
as a parochial school? Well, just like magic, Verdugo
got turned into Saint Benedict's Academy in this occult
thriller. Lots of Verdugo locations in this film.
- Heathers (1989)
- Starring Winona Ryder, Christian Slater, Shannen Doherty,
and VHHS alumnus John Ingle
as "Principal Gowan." Verdugo's gym doubled
as the Westerberg High School gymnasium in the big dance
- River's Edge (1987)
- Starring Crispin Glover, Keanu Reeves, Dennis Hopper,
Ione Skye, and Daniel Roebuck in this twisted drama about
a group of teenagers coming to terms with the murder of
one of their coed friends committed by another one of
Though the movie credits
the Sacramento area for the location shots of the river,
almost all of the film is shot on location in the Sunland-Tujunga
area with multiple scenes of the Verdugo campus including
the area adjacent to the Maurice Levin Memorial Drafting
Room, the front of McGroarty Auditorium, and the lunch
area with Kersey Field beyond (one of the lunch area shots
is depicted on the video release box, also).
Lots of recognizable, though
now dated looking, interior and exterior shots of community
locations including Sunland Discount Variety, Foothill
Hardware, Tujunga's Jack-in-the-Box restaurant (later
Rudy's Bean Pot and, currently, Arigato). Some Sun Valley
- Better Off Dead (1985)
- Starring John Cusack, Curtis Armstrong, David Ogden
Stiers, and Amanda Wyss, this oddball comedy revolves
around Cusack's character and his life after he is dumped
by a girlfriend.
Most people who have seen
the film will undoubtedly recall the recurring character
of the paperboy as he hunts Cusack throughout the movie
to collect for his newspaper deliveries.
The school exteriors were
shot at Verdugo with one particularly great shot of the
senior lawn and campus tower early on.
- Christine (1983)
- Based on the book of the same title by Stephen King.
This movie had some parts filmed in Verdugo's library.
The movie takes place in Libertyville. Evil inhabits a
custom painted Red and White 1958 Plymouth Fury and the
teenage boy, Arnold Cunningham, who buys it from the strange
Helped by Arnold's girlfriend Leigh Cabot, Dennis Guilder
embarkes to find out the real truth behind Christine and
finds more than he bargained for: from murder, to suicide,
and a strange feeling that surrounds Christine - she gets
even with anyone that crosses her! Can Dennis save Arnold
from the evil that is Christine?
- Almost Summer (1978)
- Starring Tim Matheson, Didi Conn, John Friedrich, Sunny
Johnson, Bruno Kirby, Lee Purcell and Donna Wilkes. This
movie, shot at VHHS during 1977, follows the senior year
antics of a group of students including their prom and
a giant food fight in the cafeteria.
We have it on good authority
that for several weeks during the filming, confusion reigned
with no one being able to tell the difference between
the movie extras and the real students on campus!
- Corvette Summer (1978)
- Starring Mark Hamill (the Star Wars trilogy)
and Annie Potts (Designing Women, Dangerous
Minds). High School student "Ken Dantley"
(Hamill) searches for his stolen auto shop project, a
tricked-out Corvette. His search takes him to Las Vegas
where he is joined in his efforts by "Vanessa,"
a teenage prostitute wannabe played by Potts.