The 'Goonie' House -- a Destination for Film's Pilgrims27 Jul, 2001 By: John Jimenez
The locals call it “Goonie Hill.” At the top stands its crown jewel, the “Goonie” house, that white Victorian house with the picket fenceused in The Goonies, subject of an upcoming DVD as well as a planned sequel.
The Goonie house has become a destination for a unique group of pilgrims, those cult fans of the 1985 film. Most are college-age or slightly older and come to reclaim a special piece of their childhood.
The house stands in Astoria, Ore., a quick drive over the Columbia River from Washington.
According to the Astoria Chamber of Commerce, more than 25% of the visitors to the coastal town come for the Goonie house. Goonie visitors number about 200 a month and may grow with interest in the DVD release and awareness about the sequel.
A corporation owns and rents the house to tenants like Trudy Dugan, 69, who told Associated Press, “My daughter warned me that there were going to be a lot of people stopping by. I didn't believe her until peoplestarted ringing my doorbell and talking pictures of my house.”
Goonies fanatics will occasionally pop up anywhere. Just ask Entertainment Weekly, which received a scathing letter after badmouthing the film in a recent issue.
Cult fans have set up a Web site, as well, www.thegoonies.com, wherepeople can find trivia, learn about deleted scenes, catch up with the careers of the film's stars and, of course, chat about The Goonies.
The site can also help locate Goonies memorabilia, though that may prove a difficult task. As mentioned on the site, “Goonies collectibles are not the easiest things to track down. They are not worth much whencomparing them to other movie paraphernalia, but just try to separate them from a Goonies collector.”