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The “Bad Santa” House

Dec 19th, 2011 | By | Category: Movie Locations

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A couple of weeks ago, my good friend/fellow stalker Lavonna suggested that I do a Christmas movie stalking theme during the entire month of December.  I absolutely LOVED the idea, but,  unfortunately, by that time it was too late for me to get enough locations together and actually stalk them prior to December 1st.  I usually start preparing for my Haunted Hollywood posts in August of each year as it takes quite a bit of time to research and compile enough themed locations to fill a whole month.  So, while next year one of my goals is to do both a Haunted Hollywood month and a Christmas month (fingers crossed that it will work out!), for this year I thought I would do a Christmas-themed week, instead.  I hope that you enjoy it!  So, while in the San Fernando Valley area two weekends ago, I dragged the Grim Cheaper out to stalk the house where “The Kid” aka Thurman Merman (aka Brett Kelly) lived in the absolutely HORRIBLE 2003 Christmas movie Bad Santa.  Now you might be wondering why I would stalk a location from a movie that I thoroughly hated, but the sad truth is that when it comes to flicks of the holiday variety, very few were filmed in L.A.  And being that fellow stalker Chas, of the It’sFilmedThere website, had already tracked the place down, it required no work on my part aside from driving out to stalk it.  Beggars can’t be choosers, as they say.  Winking smile

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As you can see above, the dwelling’s address number was changed from “7211” to “41” for the filming, but Chas was able to find the place thanks to a very helpful crew member.

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In Bad Santa, disgusting and disgruntled mall Santa Willie Stokes (aka Billie Bob Thornton) takes up residence with The Kid and Grandma (aka Cloris Leachman) because, as he tells them, “things are all f*cked up at the North Pole”.  Now I have to say that that particular line did make me LOL, as did Willie’s line to his neighbor, “Well, you see, we don’t celebrate Christmas around here.  We’re Muslims.”  LOL LOL LOL  Other than those two very brief moments, though, the movie is downright terrible!

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I am very happy to report that, despite a change in the color of the garage and front doors, the Bad Santa house looks much the same in person as it did onscreen.  In real life, the gargantuan abode, which was originally built in 1997, boasts 5 bedrooms, 5 baths and 4,100 square feet of living space.

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As luck would have it, the Bad Santa home was listed for sale late last year and you know what that means, my fellow stalkers!  Yessiree, we get to take a peek inside!  I so love it when that happens!  As you can see in the real estate listing, the actual interior of the home also appeared in the flick.

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As well as the real life backyard and pool.

In an extremely random side-note – I have to ask, why in the heck was Leonardo DiCaprio given special thanks in the movie’s end credits?

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Big THANK YOU to fellow stalker Lavonna for giving me the idea of doing a Christmas theme and to fellow stalker Chas, of the It’sFilmedThere website, for finding this location.  You can check out Chas’ extensive Bad Santa filming locations page here.

Until next time, Happy Stalking!  Smile

Stalk It: The Bad Santa house is located at 7211 Whitehall Lane in West Hills.

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  1. Katie says:

    What about The Holiday, with Jack Black and Kate Winslet? I’m sure Cameron Diaz’s place was in LA?

  2. lavonna says:

    Great stalk…maybe next year you can do some NY stalking..I know a lot of christmas movies are filmed there :)


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