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‘Castle Rock’ sets modernized for upcoming filming

  • People stand around a wooden barricade reading “CASTLE ROCK POLICE” in Orange on Tuesday. Recorder Staff/Domenic Poli



Recorder Staff
Wednesday, November 29, 2017

ORANGE — The setting of an upcoming online series partially filmed in Orange has taken a modern twist, as previous vintage-looking signs adorning local “businesses” featured on the show have been replaced by more contemporary ones.

Facades that were once made to look old-fashioned for “Castle Rock,” a series inspired by the works of horror writer Stephen King, were jazzed up with vibrant colors on Tuesday and the fake storefronts depicted businesses specializing in sushi, yoga and other commodities that might appeal to consumers in the 21st century.

A portion of South Main Street was cordoned off by Orange Police, though wooden barricades with “CASTLE ROCK POLICE” written on them were used to block the roadway.

A storefront that once had a sign for a fake video store sported one for “Castle Cuppa,” a fictional tea and coffee shop. Another fake sign, used in previous filming advertising a hair salon or barber shop, was still hanging and reads “A Thousand Cuts.” This appears to be a reference to an old method of torture and execution, and serves as a subtle nod to the sadistic and eerie themes of King’s work.

Castle Rock is a fictional town in Maine (King’s home state) that the author has used in much of his work. Hulu, a subscription video-on-demand service, ordered 10 episodes of the original suspense/thriller series. It is being produced by Warner Bros. Television and Bad Robot, the production company of J.J. Abrams, creator of “Lost” and “Felicity” and director of the films “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and “Mission: Impossible III.”

According to Hulu, the fictional town has been featured in “Cujo,” “The Dark Half,” and “Needful Things,” as well as the novella “The Body” and other short stories. Representatives from Hulu did not reply to emails requesting comment on Tuesday’s filming.

Orange landmarks, like the Quabbin Harvest food co-op at 12 North Main St., are visible in the trailer, which can be seen online at bit.ly/2y5Lptp.

The cast includes Melanie Lynskey, perhaps best known for playing Rose on the sitcom “Two and a Half Men,” André Holland, from the Academy Award-winning film “Moonlight,” Sissy Spacek, famous for her role as the title character in the 1976 film adaptation of Stephen King’s “Carrie,” and Jane Levy, who starred in the ABC comedy series “Suburgatory.” Bill Skarsgård, who portrays Pennywise the Dancing Clown in the 2017 film adaptation of “It,” based on King’s novel of the same name, has also signed on.