The Day Jason Haunted Linda Vista Hospital!

In April 2011, I got a call from The Boyle Heights Paranormal Project to come down to Linda Vista Hospital, and bring an IR illuminator with me. The Hollywood Ghost Hunters were filming a teaser trailer that night at the hospital, in order to drum up interest for a possible TV show. I was told that they needed an IR illuminator for one of the cameras.

I stopped at home and picked up the illuminator (I wasn’t allowed to film any footage) and as I drove to the hospital, I wondered why the crew didn’t have an illuminator themselves? Or why the ghost hunting group BHPP wouldn’t have one? I concluded they may have just wanted me there for something else. When I got there the whole HGH team was there. Rick McCallum (Hollywood Stuntman), Kane Hodder (Jason Voorhees in the Friday The 13th movies, from part 7 to part 10), R.A. Mihiloff, (Leatherface in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3), and Danielle Harris (Halloween 5).

I gave my illuminator over to one of the cameramen following the HGH crew around. I thought maybe I could do a little investigating too, but that was futile. Kane and R.A. were having fun trying to scare Danielle Harris by hiding and jumping out of rooms screaming at the top of their lungs. When that got old, Kane began scaring R.A. , who was a little jumpy being in Linda Vista Hospital in the first place.

A few hours later filming wrapped. The HGH crew was asked if they’d like to do any further investigating of the hospital, but Kane decided to call it a night. I took pictures with R.A. and Kane before he left (I don’t have the Kane photo). For the picture, Kane put me in a headlock and nearly lifted me off my feet! The headlock wasn’t for show; it was the real thing. I nearly blacked out! I’m 5’9″. Kane Hodder is 6′ 4″, and R.A. Mihiloff is 6’3″. I looked like a midget next to these guys!

We watched Kane drive away in his bad ass all black heavily modified Chrysler 300. The rest of the HGH entered Linda Vista Hospital again, heading up to the third floor. About 20 minutes later as the rest of us were talking in the parking lot, Kane drove in again! He then snuck up to the third floor to scare the shit out of his team mates!

(Special thanks to Carlos Gonzalez for helping me identify Kane Hodder’s car!)

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Guns n Roses: “Sweet Child O Mine” Filmed In Huntington Park, CA

I’ve heard this rumor a lot over the years, and seen it mentioned online. But nobody seemed to know exactly where “Sweet Child O Mine” was filmed.

I brought this up in a Huntington Park group I’m in on Facebook, and it generated some interesting conversation. Having grown up in HP I didn’t remember any ballroom there, but in the 80’s I left HP and was in film school (for a brief time) in Hollywood.

After much discussion, including a dismissal of an article claiming Huntington Beach was the location of SCOM filming, the actual location was indeed a ballroom at 6130 Pacific Blvd, Huntington Park, CA 90255. Today, it is a 99 Cent store.

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The ballroom existed above the now 99 Cent store, and looks like it’s been closed off for quite some time. SCOM took an entire day and part of the night to film. The ballroom was known as Mendiolas, then La Rumba nightclub, which eventually closed due to health code violations. Supposedly Black Sabbath played there once in the 1970’s under an assumed name, but the so-called Punk Rock Riots, also known as the Exploited Riot made it infamous.

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Get the flyer here

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Get the original photos above here

I will have to take a trip down to HP and see if the 99 Cent store would let me check out the upstairs!

Check this article out as well.

Thanks to Letty Martinez, Sergio Ortiz, Jim Ramirez, Yvonne Felissa Salgado, and Alfred Valadez.