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Sunday September 23rd 2018

A Kiss Before Dying | 1991

A Kiss Before Dying location: Brocket Hall, Marford Road, Lamsford, Hertfordshire
A Kiss Before Dying location: Max von Sydow’s ‘New York’ estate: Brocket Hall, Marford Road, Lamsford, Hertfordshire

Remake of the 1956 movie of the novel by Ira Levin (Rosemary’s Baby, The Stepford Wives).

Set in the US, the movie was made on both sides of the Atlantic. US locations included Charlottesville, central Virginia, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Jonathan Corliss (Matt Dillon) tosses the suitcase into the East River from Manhattan Bridge, in the real New York, but the ‘New York’ country estate, where he goes fishing with industrialist Thor Carlsson (Max Von Sydow), is Brocket Hall, Marford Road, Lamsford in Hertfordshire.

Brocket Hall was the estate of disgraced peer Lord Brocket, jailed for an insurance fraud in 1996, now a golf and conference centre. Its most famous screen appearance is as the mansion of Karswell in Jacques Tourneur’s creepy 1957 classic Night of the Demon, and it has also been seen in spy spoof Johnny English Reborn, Stephen Frears' The Queen and its grounds in Willow.

A Kiss Before Dying location: First Chicago House, Long Acre, London
A Kiss Before Dying location: the ‘Philadelphia’ police HQ: First Chicago House, Long Acre, London

And ‘Philadelphia Central Police HQ’? That’s the First National Bank of Chicago, First Chicago House, 90 Long Acre, in – erm – Covent Garden, London WC2.