New Hampshire seems to be Hollywood's most shunned state. It's not quite as folksy or terrifying as Maine and not violent enough as Boston, MA. So there it sits in between, while its neighbors get all of the film glory. But as you can see from the list below, New Hampshire has a lot to offer -- fishing locales, horny college girls, jungle animals, paranoid schizophrenics, and townspeople who will mutate before your eyes.

So, before you and the family plan your next vacation, why not give New Hampshire a shot. It is tax free after all.

On Golden Pond

New Hampshire plays just as an important role in On Golden Pond as its leads do. Henry Fonda and Katherine Hepburn star as a couple of old fogies who spend their summers at their lake house. Or pond house. Or whatever. Their traditional routine is shaken up when their estranged daughter arrives and asks them to watch her boyfriend's kid while they go somewhere and get freaky. They seem like pretty cool parents to me.

Upon return, the daughter is upset to find that the boy and her grumpy dad have bounded over fishing trips and grown closer than she was ever able to. Question, if she knew her dad was bad with kids, why would she leave one with him while she goes off to get her tires kicked? Not cool, lady. She has no room to complain.


New Hampshire is overrun with jungle animals, poisonous plant life, and scariest of all, an epic-bearded Robin Williams. Williams returns from being trapped in a twenty-six year bender in the Jumanji game to find that his hometown is in a pretty bad stae since he first left it. His disappearance has caused the local economy to crash and family and friends are either dead or depressed.

I don't really understand why. Yes, it's sad when an 11-year old is sucked into a magical board game, but not so sad that it should ruin a community. Just have a candlelight vigil and an occasional article in the newspaper. Gotta move on, wimps.

In the Mouth of Madness

Stephen King has done his damndest to try to solidify Maine as the creepiest state in New England. However, John Carpenter wanted to point out that New Hampshire can also be scary as sh*t. In the Mouth of Madness sends Sam Neill's investigator to Hobb's End, New Hampshire, to search for a missing author.

Instead, he finds himself in the middle of one of the author's stories, surrounded by his fictional characters. He's slowly driven insane as the townspeople mutate into grotesque monsters that torment him. I'm sure this movie is not a favorite with the new Hampshire Board of Tourism.

Mystery Team

Though the setting of Mystery Team is as mysterious as whoever stuck their finger in the cooling pie, the film was shot all over New Hampshire. The producers utilized their hometown of Manchester for many of the locations, and a Bedford, NH, strip club to substitute for Ponytail's Gentlemen's Club in the movie. The comedy features loads of crime, drugs, and strippers. That should quell any rumors that there's nothing to do in New Hampshire.

The Brown Bunny

Audiences saw The Brown Bunny for the famed beej scene. But, this road movie featured a long and boring winding road before the film's, ahem, climax. First stop on this adventure was New Hampshire, where Vincent Gallo picks up a young woman at a gas station. It takes little convincing for her to blow off The Granite State in favor of California, but he leaves her behind before embarking on his journey. It must have been because she kept referring to 'sprinkles' as 'jimmies'.


A college professor moves to New Hampshire the summer before he is to begin a stint at Beardsley College. He comes to that attention of a horny widow, who demands he marry her. At first, he laughs it off, but when he catches sight of Lolita, her hot teen daughter, he's all like, "Zoinks! Of course I'll marry your daughter, err, I mean you. My love."

From there it turns into a densely-woven tale of deception and murder as the man goes to great lengths to win Lolita's hand. His life is completely uprooted in the process. Just as well. And whoever does background checks at Beardsley is really bad at their job.

Mr. Deeds

When a man from small town New Hampshire is discovered to be the only living heir to a massive fortune, he's whisked away to New York City. The uptight New York sophisticates assume him to be a simpleton, undeserving of the fortune because of his small town values and education. However, he slowly wins most of them over by showing that he has everyone's best interest at heart.

In fact, the only person that immediately saw past his peculiar ways and dead foot was tennis great John McEnroe. Good old Johnny Mac. Always willing to get sh*t-faced and egg taxis with strangers.

The Rules of Attraction

I could have gone to college in New Hampshire, but having vacationed there as a kid I dismissed it as boring. Then The Rules of Attraction comes out and shows what college there is really like. Hot chicks like Jessica Biel, Kate Bosworth, and Shannyn Sossamon are strutting around in their underwear all drunk and horny. Put that on the brochure, New Hampshire colleges!

What About Bob?

Richard Dreyfuss stars as a dickhead psychiatrist who travels with his family for a little rest and relaxation in New Hampshire. That plann is quickly uprooted when his most needy patient, Bill Murray's Bob, tracks him down. He's immediately welcomed by the family which sets the doctor off before gradually driving him to a catatonic state.

And that explains where Richard Dreyfuss has been all these years.

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