Here are some of the local details and mistakes I liked best about it:
- The first victim of the strangler is waiting at "St. James" street at 3 am for a bus to her home in the "Shoreline Park" neighborhood, after she finishes her gig at a strip club in Pioneer Square. In reality, it would be James street (or 3rd Ave, really) and the Shoreline neighborhood. Also, good luck catching a bus at 3 am in Seattle. And I'm not sure why she would live so far from her job--why not get a place that isn't 12 miles away?
- Another dancer at the club, (played by Jo Ann Pflug), is a student at the UW (a scene is filmed in the Red Square!), and lives on a houseboat, like every fictional person who lives in Seattle. She takes a motorboat to get to her classes--I guess walking or ride a bike along the Burke-Gilman trail is too mundane.
- There's a scene a bar where all the Seattle journalists are alleged to hang out. This is a fictional device, but it was fun to speculate what this could be--the bar at Vito's, or Victor's 610, or (more dive-ily) Bernard's on Seneca, a place that seems to reek of 1972.
- The founder of the Seattle Underground tour, Bill Speidel, makes an appearance in a scene filmed in a Pioneer Square bar call the Blue Banjo, which was a real place (I had to google it during the movie to find out). Later it was called Doc Maynard's (and now seems to be closed, except as a starting point for the Underground tour).
- There seems to be some filming in the real Seattle Underground....
- ...But the final scene takes place in an entirely fictional and huge fantasy version of the Undergound, with tall buildings and a working wrought-iron elevator. I learned from Wikipedia that it's the interior of the Bradbury Building in Los Angeles. It's kind of steam-punk (if you will), and it's the way you wish the Underground would be, if you've ever taken the tour.