Reel Toronto: The Strain—Season Two (Part Two)
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Reel Toronto: The Strain—Season Two (Part Two)

Guillermo del Toro's vampire hunters continue their trek, everywhere from Germany to New York City to, um, Mississauga.

Toronto’s extensive work on the silver screen reveals that while we have the chameleonic ability to look like anywhere from New York City to Moscow, the disguise doesn’t always hold up to scrutiny. Reel Toronto revels in digging up the films that attempt to mask, hide, or—in rare cases—proudly display our city.

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Here we are, back to finish off the second half of the second season of The Strain‘s zombie-infested parade though our streets.

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So, hitting the ground running with Episode 7, we find Eph visiting a bar, a couple of times.

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It’s our very own Cadillac Lounge, which is becoming quite a TV star, having also appeared in the likes of Alphas and Beauty and the Beast.

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Here we have Vasiliy Fet and and Abraham Setrakian breaking in…
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…to the old Unilever factory.

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This alley was tricky to nail down…

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…but you can rather easily make out our skyline in the back, placing us somewhere east of downtown.

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But we do get some clues in the Red Hook area of Brooklyn, where our merry band of vampire hunters spend much of their time.

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This is really out on Queen East, however. And the alleyway is actually McFarrens Lane.

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There’s a huge battle that takes place at this quarantine zone…

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…shot down in the Port Lands.

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This “Erie Basin” scene is obviously supposed to be nearby, but the silos easily identify it as Bathurst Quay.

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The climax of Episode 9 takes place in the dark at this industrial area…

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…it’s hard to say for sure but the smokestack sure makes it look like the old Toronto Carpet Factory in Liberty Village.

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Back in the daylight, we find ourselves in Brooklyn

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…though it’s really Metcalfe Street.

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Similarly, we venture up to Washington Heights…

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…to find this this apartment, The Connaught…

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…which is really this building, at Queen and Jameson.

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The exterior of the Neuman Vogel Hotel, where New York’s power brokers are holed up, is clearly the side entrance of the Royal York…

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…but the interiors…

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…are down at the Liberty Grand.

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You can see it a bit better here, when the police chief gets an unwelcome visitor. It actually threw us a bit, because, as you may recall, this exact space appeared as a Viennese hotel in the first half of the season.

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Hey, speaking of European flashbacks, we get one of those here too! This restaurant…

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…and this quaint German village…

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…were all shot at the Old Mill.

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Going back to the Royal York for a moment, As you can see here…

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…Ephraim is perched across the street ready to do some sniping.

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But some triangulation based on the view behind him shows he’s not really near the Royal York.

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He seems to be on top of the old Westinghouse building, which is currently undergoing a major redevelopment.

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After he does the shooting there’s a chase here, down Adelaide.

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Trying to cover every borough in one episode, it seems, we also go out to Queens.

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But this old book shop ain’t in Queens, it’s really Acadia

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…on Queen Street.

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They shot inside as well.

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Cherry Street’s always popular with the film crews.

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This Bronx bridge is really this one, on Cherry Street, just down the street from the site of the famous tire-changing in A Christmas Story.

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The exteriors of this handsome church may actually be in New York (though that bridge looks rather dropped in)…

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…but the interiors aren’t.

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They’re shot down on Queen Street…

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…at the Berkeley Street Church.

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And now we have the front of the Royal York playing a totally different hotel than the one the side of it played just a few pics ago.

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This (also seen way up top) is likely supposed to be New York’s famous Rainbow Room, but it’s our own Carlu, which was also designed by Jacques Carlu, and first too.

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These fancy headquarters, with the huge staircase…

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…and impressive council chamber, are actually Mississauga City Hall.

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They also shot the exterior…

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…which is why you can see a Rabba.

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The season finale was shot by local director Vincenzo Natali, who also directed a good chunk of the recent season of Hannibal. We don’t wanna, you know, spoil it for you but we’ll tell you that this skyline isn’t real…

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…and it was clearly filmed over in the Port Lands.

With Hannibal wrapped, The Strain is now our most important source of gore-splattered location spotting. We can all heave a sigh of relief as it’s already been renewed for a third season.