Holladay home featured in new film
When two men knocked on Holladay Councilmember Jim Palmer’s door about the possibility of using his Holladay home as the setting for a Hollywood movie, Palmer didn’t really know what to expect. Representatives from the Utah Film Commission and the Governor’s Office of Economic Development were driving by properties in Holladay in August, specifically looking for older homes in wooded lots to use for a horror movie set.
After it passed the first inspection, Palmer heard from movie personnel every couple of weeks with requests for more film staff to view his home. Eventually a rental contract was drawn up for the crew to use the home for the month of November. The Palmer family was able to occupy the home during two weeks of that month, but relocated for rest of the time at the cost of the filmmakers.
“The movie is called ‘Haunt,’ and it is scheduled to come out in October of 2013,” Palmer said. “They also used another location in Murray on Vine Street, a house on Walker Lane and a location in Ogden.”
From the same producers as the popular movie “District 9” from 2009, “Haunt” features actors Jacki Weaver, Liana Liberato, Harrison Gilbertson and Danielle Churchran, and is directed by Mac Carter. The storyline of “Haunt” involves a family that moves into a house that has been empty for many years and was said to have a haunted past. The teenage boy chooses the attic room and quickly falls in love with a pretty neighbor girl. Their shared love sparks supernatural activity in the home.
Palmer described the process as beneficial, an adventure that the whole family enjoyed, not to mention that the proceeds paid for his annual property taxes.
“Our kids thought it was a really fun, especially to see the actors work,” Palmer said. “Some of the actors were the same age as my daughters, so they enjoyed meeting them.”
The project started with QED International Production Company, but Palmer recently heard that the film will be distributed nationally by 20th Century Fox.