Movies shot in Maine
Maine is a beautiful state with natural landscapes that make for the perfect movie backdrops. Denzel Washington and Whitney Houston skated across the pond in Deering Oaks and a recent film was shot entirely right here in the Old Port. You won’t be surprised to see images of Camden appear on the TV screen or scenes of our rocky shores with lobsters bragging past.
The state also has a lot of character, history, and old wives’ tales that not only make a good scenic backdrop, but also an interesting place to base a film’s setting. I was surprised to learn recently that a Betty White movie was set entirely in Maine because the title is “Lake Placidwho, isn’t it in New York?
Lake Placid, a film by Betty White in Maine
The movie was not Actually filmed here in Maine, but the entire film set is based in a fictional town with a lake called Black Lake in Aroostook County, Maine. According to IMDbthe film was shot in British Columbia, Canada, New York, and has scenes from Camden here in the Pine Tree State.
The R-rated horror film contains some action and comedy and is basically Jaws with a crocodile. The premise is pretty much just a man-eating crocodile terrorizing the people of this Maine town, but the main character, legend Betty White, has a little secret and is an extremely interesting character. Our beloved actress is actually on the side of the crocs, not the cops.
The character of Betty White
The beloved actress plays Mrs. Delores Bickerman, a widow from Black Lake who feeds the crocodile and has an interesting relationship with the 30ft creature. I don’t want to give away anything in case you want to watch the movie yourself, but I will say that she’s an extremely fun character to see Betty White shine.
Ms. Bickerman touts everything we love about Betty’s game: her sweet side, her naughty evil side; she’s a little drunk while sporting a sweet, innocent and motherly facade. These are all the sides of Betty White that we love, adore and miss.
If you like the movie Jaws, then you’d probably like this 1999 movie. It’s only 1 hour and 22 minutes (as movies should be!!) and Betty White steals the show. There are also other great actors you might recognize, like Bridget Fonda, Bill Pullman, and Oliver Platt, to name a few.
IMDb listed it with a rating of 5.7/10 but I’ll let you be your own judge.
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