Locally-Based Films to Binge

Coronavirus quarantine has brought us seemingly unlimited hours that many of us are unsure what to do with. If you’re tired of organizing, baking, redecorating, reading, and taking too many naps, here’s a list of movies and TV shows that were filmed right here in our area.   

  How the Fire Fell (2010)  

Directed by award-winning film director and writer Edward P. Davee, this film recounts a true story set in turn of the century Corvallis. The movie follows Edmund Creffield, the creator of a religious movement that came to be known as the Holy Rollers, as he recruits women to become his loyal “Brides of Christ.” The movement becomes known as a cult, setting the stage for angry families seeking revenge on Creffield.   

You can watch this mysterious drama on Amazon Prime Video for $2.99 to rent, $7.99 to buy.   

Promise (1986)  

This family drama was filmed right here in Corvallis, as well as in Salem and Dallas, Oregon. Promise is a TV Hallmark movie that follows Bob Beuhler, who inherits his mother’s home and his brother D.J. after her death. D.J., who suffers from epilepsy and schizophrenia, helps Bob to heal his wounds as they begin to reconnect. Featuring James Garner and James Woods, this movie won two Golden Globes under the direction of Glenn Jordan.   

You can watch it for free here  



Isn’t It Shocking? (1973)  

Isn’t It Shocking?” is a 1973 made-for-TV horror flick. Directed by director, producer, and actor John Bedham and written by director, producer, and writer Lane Slate, this small-screen film follows a Mt. Angel, Oregon sheriff who must confront a killer as local senior citizens begin to die mysteriously.   

Watch it for free here.  

10 Days in a Madhouse (2015)  

10 Days in a Madhouse, set in 1887, tells the tale of reporter Nellie Bly, played by Caroline Barry, as she fakes mental illness in order to go undercover into women’s insane asylum Blackwell’s Island to uncover its corruption and abuse. Directed and written by award-winning director and producer Timothy Hines, this 2015 movie was partially filmed only forty miles from us in Salem.   

You can watch this historical drama on Youtube, $2.99 to rent or $9.99 to buy.   

The Goonies (1985)  

Everyone from Oregon knows and loves The Goonies. If you haven’t, it’s an adventure following a group of young misfits on the hunt for some shipwrecked treasure, filmed mainly on the Oregon coast. Even if you’ve already seen it, now may be the perfect time to sit back, relax, and watch this classic.   

Watch it on Amazon Prime Video for $3.99.   

By Cara Nixon