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This Halloween, if you could decorate your home or office as any movie or T.V. set, what would it be?

Happy Halloween mefi!
posted by clavdivs to Etiquette/Policy at 1:58 PM (131 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

I would do Quarks bar and dress as ROM.
posted by clavdivs at 1:58 PM on October 31, 2012 [8 favorites]


Rock Ridge from Blazing Saddles

(god bless you, clav.)
posted by griphus at 2:00 PM on October 31, 2012 [4 favorites]


Set phasers to fun!
posted by Egg Shen at 2:01 PM on October 31, 2012 [2 favorites]


Camelot! (it's only a model.)
posted by Curious Artificer at 2:04 PM on October 31, 2012 [2 favorites]


Also, I can't imagine trying to work in a simulacrum of Quark's bar without something either really bad, or really good for business happening. It's already creepy that every time Nog reflects on his parenting, I am reminded that I was taught a lot of the same lessons as a kid.
posted by griphus at 2:04 PM on October 31, 2012 [1 favorite]


Mos Eisley Cantina Bar from Star Wars. Which would give me a chance to decorate myself as Han Solo.

Or maybe a sticky, creepy parlor look, as in "Will you walk into my Parlor, said the Spider to the Fly . . ."
posted by bearwife at 2:06 PM on October 31, 2012 [1 favorite]


My office is already a Halloween set.
posted by ColdChef at 2:07 PM on October 31, 2012 [49 favorites]


the nostromo

i would then hunt everyone down methodically amidst much screaming and terror
posted by elizardbits at 2:08 PM on October 31, 2012 [10 favorites]


and feed them little xenomorph cupcakes, ideally one of which would contain an actual chestburster.
posted by elizardbits at 2:09 PM on October 31, 2012 [3 favorites]


I want to attend the Enchantment Under The Sea dance from Back To The Future. I really like the idea of hanging out in an aquarium all night for some reason.
posted by jenfullmoon at 2:10 PM on October 31, 2012 [4 favorites]


The Dollhouse
posted by Rock Steady at 2:11 PM on October 31, 2012 [1 favorite]


Don Draper's office. Booze, cool cigarette holder, squared off leather furniture, buxom women, and booze. Also, booze.
posted by allkindsoftime at 2:12 PM on October 31, 2012 [11 favorites]


Shit. Fuck. Can I switch to Don Draper's apartment?
posted by Rock Steady at 2:14 PM on October 31, 2012 [3 favorites]


There is only one answer here: the TARDIS.
posted by anonnymoose at 2:14 PM on October 31, 2012 [7 favorites]


Aughra's orrery from The Dark Crystal.

Happy Halloween!
posted by winna at 2:18 PM on October 31, 2012 [2 favorites]


We just decorated our bedroom as something that could maybe be a set from The Prisoner, but I'm not sure that counts.
posted by cortex (staff) at 2:22 PM on October 31, 2012 [12 favorites]


That huge modern villain house/set-piece from North By Northwest.

Actually, any of the houses in this article would be fine.

But not the Twilight one. I'm not living in no damn Twilight house.
posted by Sara C. at 2:23 PM on October 31, 2012


Oh, that's easy.

The Black Lodge.

I mean, duh.
posted by 2or3whiskeysodas at 2:27 PM on October 31, 2012 [10 favorites]


Zardoz!

(My apartment would also need the ability to fly and vomit guns.)
posted by The Great Big Mulp at 2:29 PM on October 31, 2012 [4 favorites]


Addams Family, duh.
posted by The Whelk at 2:30 PM on October 31, 2012 [1 favorite]


We just decorated our bedroom as something that could maybe be a set from The Prisoner, but I'm not sure that counts.

This is part of that Oregon initiative to give subsidies to people who provide their own sunlight, right?
posted by griphus at 2:34 PM on October 31, 2012


Ooooh, easy. The wire tap room in The Wire.

Then I can sit there like Lester Freamon, making bits of miniature furniture, occasionally glancing at screens showing various MetaFilter threads in real time while slowly muttering "All the pieces matter...".
posted by Wordshore at 2:35 PM on October 31, 2012 [3 favorites]


This room, from Ridely Scott's Legend, with the spooky shadows, table of opulence and roaring fire. Not sure about the hooved demon. Pretty sure about the woman in the dress.

Follow up scene here, just to get you in the Halloween mood.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 2:36 PM on October 31, 2012 [1 favorite]


The Merv Griffin Show, natch

We're back!
posted by Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug at 2:36 PM on October 31, 2012 [2 favorites]


Sunnydale High School library (pre-really big snake).

I suppose that would be tempting fate, since it's quite possible Phoenix really is a Hellmouth. Still, I'm going with it. And I'd wear a shiny white dress, so even if things go south, I may be dead but I'll still be pretty.
posted by Superplin at 2:37 PM on October 31, 2012 [7 favorites]


THE PIT OF DESPAIR
posted by AugieAugustus at 2:39 PM on October 31, 2012 [3 favorites]


Moon landing
posted by carsonb at 2:39 PM on October 31, 2012


Or Callahan's.
posted by carsonb at 2:40 PM on October 31, 2012


My office would be the Klingon courtroom from Star Trek VI, and I'd draft a coworker to shout, "DON'T WAIT FOR THE TRANSLATION, ANSWER ME NOW" at anyone who walked in.
posted by adamdschneider at 2:48 PM on October 31, 2012 [10 favorites]


Because I'd be the guy with the ball gavel, of course.
posted by adamdschneider at 2:49 PM on October 31, 2012 [1 favorite]


I guess maybe some places they call that a judge. Or something.
posted by adamdschneider at 2:49 PM on October 31, 2012 [4 favorites]


The TARDIS because it would be a very good explanation for why all the different costumed people are there. Or just because you could send people off in search of the swimming pool.
posted by Mizu at 2:54 PM on October 31, 2012


If I get to keep this decor forever, I'll take Meg Ryan's little hideaway Lake Tahoe cabin in City of Angels, or the unbelievably gorgeous art-rich apartment Michael Douglas and Gwyneth Paltrow share in A Perfect Murder.
posted by bearwife at 2:56 PM on October 31, 2012


Captain Rogers wants you to be safe out there this Halloween Metafilter.
posted by The Whelk at 2:58 PM on October 31, 2012


Tara, and I would come down the stairs dressed in the dining room curtains, just like Carol Burnett.
posted by Cranberry at 2:58 PM on October 31, 2012 [4 favorites]


Rivendell!

Or the captain's cabin on the Normandy. For the fish tank, the space hamster and the model ships.
posted by rewil at 3:03 PM on October 31, 2012


I also want to live in the huge art-filled post-apocalyptic palace in the beginning(ish) of Children Of Men, except I want it not to be the apocalypse and I want to not be a total schmuck for owning Michelangelo's David.
posted by Sara C. at 3:04 PM on October 31, 2012 [1 favorite]


Extreme closeup HD pr0n.
posted by Burhanistan at 3:04 PM on October 31, 2012


Oooh, my office would look great with Mulder's I Want to Believe poster and some soul-less black filing cabinets. (side note: Of course Wikipedia has that photo).

I don't spend enough time in my apartment to care what it looks like. Future academic librarians, take note.
posted by librarylis at 3:08 PM on October 31, 2012 [2 favorites]


elizardbits: "and feed them little xenomorph cupcakes, ideally one of which would contain an actual chestburster."

Ooor, the chestburster is actually a jalapeno pepper.
posted by boo_radley at 3:09 PM on October 31, 2012 [1 favorite]


oh, but my answer is the secret hideout from Tron: Legends.
posted by boo_radley at 3:10 PM on October 31, 2012 [1 favorite]


Tyrell's cavernous office from Bladerunner, complete with electric owl and strangely hot replicant lady.
posted by Ghidorah at 3:10 PM on October 31, 2012


the Firefly-class ship Serenity. Because I could pretend to be far away. Also, because Firefly, Nathan Fillion, the 'Verse, and it would be way cooler than my cubicle.
posted by theora55 at 3:11 PM on October 31, 2012 [5 favorites]


I want to break free
posted by Confess, Fletch at 3:19 PM on October 31, 2012


Warehouse 13
posted by Sassyfras at 3:34 PM on October 31, 2012 [2 favorites]



Don Draper's office. Booze, cool cigarette holder, squared off leather furniture, buxom women, and booze. Also, booze.


I hate to be that guy but women are not decoration.

For myself, I'd like Don and Megan's apartment, mostly because I want to investigate all their knicknacks in detail and wonder about the conversations behind the purchase of each one.
posted by sweetkid at 3:46 PM on October 31, 2012 [3 favorites]


Downton Abbey, of course!
posted by kate blank at 3:48 PM on October 31, 2012 [3 favorites]


The problem with Don and Meg's city place is that it's instantly dated and looks like it was made with plywood and spit. Fashionable, but cheap.

Also, hey this was the year a Halloween costume changed my life.
posted by The Whelk at 3:48 PM on October 31, 2012 [13 favorites]


The problem with Don and Meg's city place is that it's instantly dated and looks like it was made with plywood and spit. Fashionable, but cheap.

Very true, but that's true of all Halloween related things.
posted by sweetkid at 3:49 PM on October 31, 2012


Not this Ike jacket, fits like a dream.
posted by The Whelk at 3:50 PM on October 31, 2012 [2 favorites]


Cheers (the bar). Duh.
posted by Big_B at 3:58 PM on October 31, 2012 [2 favorites]


The command center in Minority Report.
posted by cashman at 3:59 PM on October 31, 2012 [1 favorite]


Walter's lab.

Sensory-deprivation tank included.
posted by the man of twists and turns at 4:03 PM on October 31, 2012


Nuclear command center with a Big Red Button sitting on the coffee table (of course there's a coffee table in the command center) daring people to push it.
posted by backseatpilot at 4:04 PM on October 31, 2012


And since it's movies, then the command center from Dr. Strangelove. Or maybe the barracks, complete with grain alcohol and rainwater.
posted by backseatpilot at 4:05 PM on October 31, 2012


If you get Walter's Lab then you need the cow.

The cow really ties the room together.
posted by The Whelk at 4:07 PM on October 31, 2012 [3 favorites]


I first thought of a different Walter's lab.
posted by curse at 4:08 PM on October 31, 2012 [3 favorites]


I don't know. Maybe for the spookiest thing...Henry Spencer's room in Eraserhead.
posted by Kronos_to_Earth at 4:10 PM on October 31, 2012


Room 227 at The Overlook.
posted by laconic skeuomorph at 4:19 PM on October 31, 2012 [2 favorites]


The pale man's banquet hall from Pan's Labyrinth. I would be the pale man and try to kill anyone who tried to eat the spread.
posted by oomny at 4:22 PM on October 31, 2012 [3 favorites]


Serenity.


Oh, how I want you, Serenity.
posted by blurker at 4:24 PM on October 31, 2012 [3 favorites]


I honestly can't tell if the guy next to me is wearing a Walter White costume or that's just what he looks like
posted by The Whelk at 4:25 PM on October 31, 2012 [4 favorites]


The bowling alley in Streetcar Named Desire.
posted by Devils Rancher at 4:28 PM on October 31, 2012


Doom E1M1
posted by lrobertjones at 4:41 PM on October 31, 2012 [2 favorites]


Bridge of the Starship Enterprise. NCC 1701. No bloody "A", "B", "C" or "D".
posted by zarq at 4:59 PM on October 31, 2012 [1 favorite]


Dumbledore's office.
posted by Mitheral at 5:03 PM on October 31, 2012 [4 favorites]


Vault 101

Barring that, Eientei.
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 5:04 PM on October 31, 2012 [2 favorites]


Workplace, Little Shop of Horrors. Oh, wait.
posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies at 5:07 PM on October 31, 2012


My office would be the Klingon courtroom from Star Trek VI, and I'd draft a coworker to shout, "DON'T WAIT FOR THE TRANSLATION, ANSWER ME NOW" at anyone who walked in.

I spent a lot of time wondering about the universal translators used in Star Trek, trying to retcon an excuse for the movement of the characters' mouths to be matching their translation into English, like why did it look like they were speaking English when they were actually speaking e.g. Klingon, and thought like maybe the translators has a little ocular-field-generator or something that in addition to translating also adjusted mouth movements to match because otherwise hearing the translation simultaneously to seeing other peoples' mouths move in ways that shouldn't produce those sounds would be super disorienting, and then I realized that I had personally watched dubbed movies and it wasn't that disorienting and probably they'd all get used to it, plus if the universal translators worked like that wouldn't they have mentioned it at some point?

Unrelatedly, I wasn't super popular in junior high.
posted by davidjmcgee at 5:45 PM on October 31, 2012 [8 favorites]


Another vote for Serenity. Or maybe Merlotte's.
posted by deborah at 6:17 PM on October 31, 2012


The air duct trunk room that Newt lives in, in Hadley's Hope.
posted by dirtdirt at 6:38 PM on October 31, 2012


Apollo Mission Control
posted by briank at 6:56 PM on October 31, 2012 [1 favorite]


Hobbiton.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 7:13 PM on October 31, 2012 [5 favorites]


The Swamp.
posted by HuronBob at 7:23 PM on October 31, 2012 [2 favorites]


Ha! HuronBob, I just came in to say The Swamp, hands down!
posted by Miko at 7:37 PM on October 31, 2012 [1 favorite]


Death Star. With giant Mickey Ears on it.
posted by jenkinsEar at 7:40 PM on October 31, 2012


Maggie Gyllenhaal/Ana Pascal's house in Stranger Than Fiction.

I would actually like to live there all the time.
posted by janepanic at 7:52 PM on October 31, 2012


The Hub from Torchwood. Screens, water, database access, morgue, coffee boy...everything right at hand.
The Whelk, your tumblr has a spelling error re: continues, unless that's intentional, in which case, 'splain me?
posted by Cold Lurkey at 7:54 PM on October 31, 2012


The library from Beauty and the Beast, I think, or perhaps the one in Hogwarts from the Harry Potter movies.
posted by misha at 7:55 PM on October 31, 2012 [2 favorites]


here's my girl
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 7:55 PM on October 31, 2012


Swamp Thing.
posted by timsteil at 7:56 PM on October 31, 2012


Rear Window
posted by Confess, Fletch at 7:58 PM on October 31, 2012 [2 favorites]


Ha! HuronBob, I just came in to say The Swamp, hands down!
Me too! Great minds something something ...
posted by dg at 8:05 PM on October 31, 2012 [2 favorites]


I spent a lot of time wondering about the universal translators used in Star Trek ...

I always wondered about things getting confusing when the name of your home planet is a synonym for dirt.
posted by The Great Big Mulp at 8:21 PM on October 31, 2012


Always Rick's Café Américain, and I'd be Rick.
posted by OnTheLastCastle at 8:33 PM on October 31, 2012 [4 favorites]


Godzilla style buildings set, of course. That or kit basing every surface to make a spaceship interior.
posted by Artw at 8:35 PM on October 31, 2012


Innsmouth
posted by Renoroc at 8:42 PM on October 31, 2012


Swiss Family Robinson's treehouse.
posted by arcticseal at 8:49 PM on October 31, 2012 [6 favorites]


The spaceship from 2001: A Space Odyssey. The cryogenically sleeping crew members would have flatlined, and HAL's eerie silence would pervade the antiseptic atmosphere of death and hopelessness.

The next room over would be this one.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 9:15 PM on October 31, 2012 [1 favorite]


I want my lab to look like a cross between Tony Stark's home lab in Iron Man (complete with AI robot) AND the 'Jeffersonian' labs in Bones. Windows. I just want those giant windows with a view of the sky... **sigh**.
posted by Alice Russel-Wallace at 9:36 PM on October 31, 2012 [1 favorite]


The Shrieking Shack!
posted by a humble nudibranch at 10:56 PM on October 31, 2012


sometimes you just have to take a bathroom pic of yourself in full costume
posted by The Whelk at 10:57 PM on October 31, 2012 [1 favorite]


Dark City! Trailer; beginning of the film (brief male nude butt in this one, so, maybe not for work). A few screencaps here.
posted by taz (staff) at 11:16 PM on October 31, 2012


Dark City, oh hey the scene we painted onto the wall of our room and then got painted over but hey Jennifer Coonely who where totally drawn onto the walls of eleven year old whelk. It was a thing.
posted by The Whelk at 11:21 PM on October 31, 2012


The Monument to the Third International, of course!
posted by trip and a half at 11:22 PM on October 31, 2012 [1 favorite]


our damage is cause we all saw this like three thousand times cause our grandmas brought this tape over when she babysat and now we all say ROCKS! AND I MEAN ICE.
posted by The Whelk at 11:28 PM on October 31, 2012


The Holodeck.
posted by item at 12:25 AM on November 1, 2012


item, you also wish for more genies, don't you?
posted by wierdo at 1:08 AM on November 1, 2012 [1 favorite]


The departure area from Here Comes Mr. Jordan (first seven photos), complete with Claude Rains.
posted by Ice Cream Socialist at 6:34 AM on November 1, 2012


The Matrix.
posted by Diskeater at 6:38 AM on November 1, 2012


Hoarders.
posted by mazola at 7:00 AM on November 1, 2012 [4 favorites]


221B Baker Street. With Benedict Cumberbatch in residence, please.
posted by cooker girl at 7:54 AM on November 1, 2012 [2 favorites]


Oh, man, Dark City would be awesome. I love that film in the same way I love Bram Stoker's Dracula in that despite the plot, the script and the acting, it's still a well-made and completely enjoyable movie.
posted by griphus at 7:59 AM on November 1, 2012 [1 favorite]


We can settle this easily. Quark is stranded when the Federation and Dominion forces both quit DS9, so you can imagine his relief when Mal shows up with Serenity. They load the dabo and tongo equipment onto the cargo deck of the Serenity. River, frightened by Quark's bumpy head and large lobes, hides behind a panel and finds a portal to the Black Lodge, where she meets and rescues Agent Cooper.
posted by brina at 8:01 AM on November 1, 2012 [1 favorite]


Office: Ferris Bueller's bedroom. House: I can't think of a movie or TV show starring the Eames House, so I'll go with George Falconer's Lautner House from A Single Man.
posted by octobersurprise at 8:38 AM on November 1, 2012


I love Bram Stoker's Dracula in that despite the plot, the script and the acting, it's still a well-made and completely enjoyable movie.

Every effect was done in camera! If nothing else it's a beautiful homage to old school movie making.
posted by The Whelk at 8:45 AM on November 1, 2012


From the NYT Review: "'Dracula' has the nervy enthusiasm of the work of a precocious film student who has magically acquired a master's command of his craft."
posted by griphus at 8:50 AM on November 1, 2012


Bilbo's house at Bag End.
http://users.bestweb.net/~jfgm/IMAGES/BagEndStudy-Bilbo.jpg
...or...
http://www.revolutionsf.com/images/books/lotrvisualcompanion/bagend.jpg
posted by wenestvedt at 8:56 AM on November 1, 2012


Sadly, it's more like "Sanford and Son" these days.
posted by wenestvedt at 8:59 AM on November 1, 2012


Chiming in with Serenity.

I think we could put together a full Metafilter crew.
posted by cmyk at 9:06 AM on November 1, 2012


The Zone.
posted by languagehat at 9:10 AM on November 1, 2012


P'Zone
posted by griphus at 9:24 AM on November 1, 2012 [1 favorite]


I think we could put together a full Metafilter crew

As much as i'd like to be Jayne we're really looking at a Simon situation here.
posted by The Whelk at 9:31 AM on November 1, 2012 [2 favorites]


I would want to have Serenity as my kitchen.

As far as offices go, I think I'd like something out of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (also Gary Oldman's suit), or perhaps the Office of the President of the Terran Federation.

Howl's Moving Castle seems like it would be a fun place to live in, but I imagine the upkeep is difficult.


I would do Quarks bar and dress as ROM.

I would dress as Morn, but that's sort of how I live my life anyway.
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 9:32 AM on November 1, 2012 [1 favorite]


Or Doc Brown's House from Back to the Future. Gorgeous!

Actually, I would happily live in any Arts & Crafts or Prairie School house, even if all of Frank Lloyd Wright's buildings are actually scaled too small for me.
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 9:38 AM on November 1, 2012 [1 favorite]


Can I be genderbent Wash? Because I drive the way he flies.
posted by cmyk at 9:38 AM on November 1, 2012 [1 favorite]


Only if I can be Kaylee then.
posted by The Whelk at 9:39 AM on November 1, 2012 [3 favorites]


Shiny. Wanna do an Ivan?
posted by cmyk at 9:39 AM on November 1, 2012 [4 favorites]


Or Deckard's apartment. Arrgh, so hard to decide!
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 9:40 AM on November 1, 2012


Also Peter Venkman's apartment from Ghostbusters 2 is pretty awesome, although I can't find a good image.

btw, did everyone see what Nathan Fillion did for Halloween this year?
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 9:47 AM on November 1, 2012 [2 favorites]


If the people/characters came with the set, then the apartment in Third Rock From the Sun.
posted by ClaudiaCenter at 9:50 AM on November 1, 2012


Barbarella's shagpile spaceship.
posted by rocket88 at 12:08 PM on November 1, 2012 [1 favorite]


The Alien hive in the bowels of the Atmosphere Processor. (Alien reference #3)
posted by Brainy at 12:31 PM on November 1, 2012


The Swan Station from Lost. beep beep beep beep

No, better!

The basement from The Cabin in the Woods.
posted by Zed at 12:41 PM on November 1, 2012 [2 favorites]


Sam Lowry's apartment in Brazil.
posted by mykescipark at 12:49 PM on November 1, 2012 [1 favorite]


The landing pad from Close Encounters, with the organ and everything, and a giant, brightly lit space ship hovering over it.
posted by marienbad at 3:50 PM on November 1, 2012 [3 favorites]


Pee-Wee's Playhouse
posted by KogeLiz at 6:11 PM on November 1, 2012 [4 favorites]


Pretty much anywhere in Stars' Hollow (from The Gilmore Girls), but particularly Luke's Diner (if it came with auto-refilling pastries and grilled cheese sandwiches) and Lorelei & Rory's living room.
posted by The Wrong Kind of Cheese at 8:31 PM on November 1, 2012 [2 favorites]


Really? Has no one said Videodrome? It's an actual TV set, in a movie!
posted by Eideteker at 12:04 AM on November 2, 2012


Am I in ... two-thirds of a hospital room?
posted by griphus at 7:20 AM on November 2, 2012


I'd do like Kramer and set up the Merv Griffin Show set
posted by nightwood at 10:28 PM on November 2, 2012 [1 favorite]


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