Wilmington, NCMovie & Television
Filming Locations

Wrightsville Beach

Martin and Laura’s Seaside Cape Cod House (Demolished)

I assumed this was Figure Eight Island, which is on the opposite side of the channel from the northern tip of Wrightsville Beach where Shell Island Resort is. Source on IMDb and elsewhere claim it is at Shell Island Resort, but it’s not—or maybe it is. I don’t know, there is a lot of conflicting information. It’s near, but you can’t access Figure Eight Island anyway as it’s private property, so it’s the closest you can get in public areas.

I did some digging on this and found a wonderful article written up which explains so very much more than I could have hoped, and provides real amazing information such as that the production built the house from scratch for this movie, but only half of the house. The two following photos are from someone named Mike who provided it to the

Modern-Beach-House-Being-Built-for-Sleeping-with-the-Enemy-Movie
Found on hookedonhouses.netLooks like a nice place
back-of-the-Sleeping-with-the-Enemy-beach-house-built-for-movie
Found on hookedonhouses.netThe truth is revealed

This is similar to how Under the Dome build a house which catches fire, but it’s only a fa├žade with walls missing and no insides. At least with this structure in Sleeping with the Enemy, the interiors were within the half of a house.

According to the article linked above, the production demolished the structure and removed all traces of it once the production was completed. What I do know from living in this area a while is that at one time the ocean was hitting Shell Island Resort when the tide came in, and it was closed until a dredging operation could be done to rebuild the northern end of Wrightsville Beach. I remember going to the roundabout and the channel waters were feet from the road. Now, it’s extended outward quite far and the Shell Island Resort is open again. With that said, the area that they build the structure could have turned in to the channel at some point.

Who knows.

S2 E1 Halloween Party

S2E1-halloween-at-oceanic
© StarzJackie heads in to the gay fray
hightown-halloween-oceanic
© H.O.W.D.Y. MediaActual location from the front of the restaurant Oceanic

Jackie (Monica Raymund) attends the party, although she hasn’t really bothered to dress up.

s2e1-halloween-jackie
© Starz

Upon entering, she runs in her roommate, the fabulous Fred (Francis Jue) who is peacocking with his inflatable rainbow. She doesn’t stop, though, and just sinks below the party to score some magic dust from Richard Simmons/Greg Giratoli (Dustin Lewis).

s2e1-fred
© StarzWhile we won’t see much of Frank through the season, we do get to see him lighten things up

For the drug buying scene, it shot under Crystal Pier, which is attached to Oceanic.

S2E1-richard-simmons
© StarzFunnily enough, for my first Halloween in Wilmington, I too dressed up as Richard Simmons
hightown-halloween-underdepths
© H.O.W.D.Y. MediaActual location under Crystal Pier behind the restaurant Oceanic

This actually was shot around Halloween, conveniently, and was filmed at Oceanic in Wrightsville Beach. I was thinking about answering the casting call for this one, but didn’t want to trek all the way down to Carolina Beach again. It was only afterwards that I learned from a friend that worked that scene that it was at the beach only 6 miles away from me. Had I known, I would have submitted. Looked like fun. Oh well.

Content ©2007–2024 H.O.W.D.Y. Media, except where otherwise noted. All images and trademarks are property of their respective owners.