Here we are again with the second entry into my horror dream home bacchanalia. Not unlike the last entry, this house has a rather bland exterior, with the hidden goodness all tucked away inside and out back.
The movie is See No Evil.
A 1971 British film starring a post Rosemary’s Baby Mia Farrow that my mom would watch whenever it was on TV when I was growing up. It was one of those movies that I searched for, without knowing the title, for many many years. I don’t remember how I eventually stumbled upon in – but I got it through Netflix. It’s a pretty good film and I do recommend it – although my affinity for it is anchored firmly in warm, fuzzy nostalgia.
I love the titles of these movies playing at the theater that the killer walks out of in the beginning of the film. Sort of sets up the evil-doer finger pointing a bit.
We first come to the house at night, which is the shot up top. Below is a daytime shot of the front of the house – with a microscopically dwarfed Mia standing at the front door.
I like the way the two outdoor shots frame the house. I know it’s pretty classic framing – but it’s nice, esp since the house is all white and a tad bit blase. Kind of perks things up a bit.
The first place we will visit is the kitchen. This one is unfortunately almost all white, but is very good sized and has one quality that puts it so far over the top that I’m writhing around in bed just thinking about it.
I absolutely love that booth! A kitchen booth is something I have always wanted, and will get someday by gum! I love that it has an adjoining counter behind it, and I can only imagine that there are some huge French windows on the other end that I could gaze out of for hours on end. Of course the rest of the kitchen would need an overhaul. That white has got to go!!!
Next we move on to the other extremely important item on Craftypants Carol’s list of utmost importance…the cellar. This house does, indeed, have a cellar – but it is barely featured – so we’ll have to just use our collective imaginations when we’re down there.
Here we can see Mia steadying herself against a very nice stone arch…
and here we see her scrambling around in blind fashion (oh didn’t I tell you, she’s blind) amongst the stone arches and lampshade frames, and whatnot. Based on the sheer size of the estate, and from the looks of the arches, I would have to say that we’re looking at a very large cellar, with many food storage possibilities. This baby definitely gets a thumbs up.
Another very nice aspect of this house is a back courtyard area that connects the horse stalls to the main house. This is a view from the horse stall entry looking at the back of the house. Er, wait – maybe that’s the side of the house. Who knows.
That’s the horse guy. He gets killed. Next is a view from the house looking at the stall entry. Notice the stairs to nowhere! That is a feature that definitely jacks this house up another notch!
The inside of the house has a pretty standard rich people’s estate feel. It could use some sprucing up here and there, but this hallway/landing/long room thing is decorated in a very tasteful manner. Hot pink walls and red carpet – what more could you want!
This is a nighttime shot – so the colors don’t exactly scream out at you. I just liked the atmosphere here – and the way you can see the bathroom door through the arch. There are some neat scenes where the camera moves through the house and you can see the nifty architecture. Here’s a cool door plate.
Here is a very nice view from Mia’s bedroom. As you can see the house is quite secluded.
Imdb lists the filming location as Binfield Manor, Binfield, Berkshire, England, UK.
britishlistedbuilding.co.uk has this to say:
Large house in parkland with lake. Early C18 centre with early
C19 extensions, altered mid and late C20.
MATERIALS: Part painted brick but mostly painted render. Low
pitched slate roofs.
PLAN: rectangular plan with cross-wing extension on each end
and service extension to east.
EXTERIOR: 2 storeys. Most chimneys have been removed, only 3
remain. Plinth, dentilled, moulded cornice and parapet. Sash
windows with glazing bars. Entrance (north) front: pedimented
centre section of 5 bays, segmental pediments over 2 outer
windows on grround floor. Centre 3-bays slightly projecting
with pedimented Doric porch, triglyph frieze, mutule cornice
and pediment. 3-bay projecting cross-wings on each side of
centre section with single bay returns. Pediments over ground
floor windows. Pediments and porch are late C20. South
(garden) front: 4 canted bays, each with 3 windows, recessed
sections between of 2, 1 and 1 bays.
INTERIOR: not inspected.
House is picturesquely situated at end of avenue of beech
I don’t know what most of that means – but it has a lake!!!! Damn!
So what we have here is:
1. kitchen with a booth!!!
2. nice cellar by the looks of things
3. stairway to nowhere! no way! YES WAY!
4. seclusion, seclusion, seclusion…and a lake!
Man – this one is way at the top of the list.