Where was So I Married an Axe Murderer filmed?
Oakland, San Francisco, Cloverdale
Apartment, Beach/Oceanview, House, Buildings/Offices, Police/Jails, Religious, Restaurant
Federal Building, Office Building Style, Retreat
About So I Married an Axe Murderer
Considered to be a legendary comedic Icon, voicing Shrek while playing other roles like Austin Powers, Mike Meyers returns to shoot another film by the name of So I married an Axe Murderer. The plot of this film revolves around a man named Charlie, played by Mike Meyers himself, whose frequent breakups are attributed to his paranoia and commitment issues.
He then develops a crush on a woman, named Harriet. He buys haggis from her and later on returns to find out that they have more in common with each other. Meanwhile, on the news, a so-called murderer is running rampant, who happens to kill her husbands when they are on their honeymoons using an axe and Charlie begins to suspect Harriet after a few bad dates and breaks up with her. Her name gets “cleared” later, and they make up, and Charlie goes as far as to propose to her.
In the movie’s climax, the murderer turns out to be Harriet’s sister Rose. Her motive for killing the men is that she’s afraid they’ll take Harriet from her. Although this movie was not so well known when it was first released, the film later gained a popular following.
So I Married an Axe Murderer Locations
Set in San Francisco, So I Married an Axe Murderer features many different sights from the Golden State city. These sights include the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and the Palace of Fine Arts. Many of the locations used for filming were local restaurants and shops in San Francisco which helped add to the realism of the film albeit the unrealistic plotline.
With their large budget, the filmmakers could show the audience both popular areas within San Francisco and locations that, although not well known, showcased the city in a different light.
However, with the aid of several special effects and a few props, several locations used to film scenes for So I Married an Axe Murderer seemed to be in other, more secluded, locations. The filmmakers for So I Married an Axe Murderer decided to use San Francisco as the setting of the film because they thought that a poet like Charlie would find this city ideal to live in.
As a Mike Meyers trademark, he plays another role in the movie as his own father, Stuart!
Charlie talks to Tony scene in So I Married an Axe Murderer
Rococo Showplace, San Francisco, California
At the beginning of the movie, the audience is introduced to Charlie MacKenzie and his cop best friend Tony Giardino who are sitting within Café Roads, a popular café for up-and-coming poets in San Francisco. Charlie and Tony talk about life while talking about Charlie’s plans for later. Tony asks Charlie, “So, what are you gonna do tonight?” Charlie takes time to think and replies with, “Well umm… I’m gonna do a poem about Sherri.”
To note, while in San Francisco, the general trend was that the residents seemed to favor coffee-houses over bars, which made sense to film the introduction in a café as it was more popular.
The introduction of the movie featuring the interior of Café Roads was originally shot within Picaro Café, but then Mike Myers decided to reshoot the scenes at a different venue. The final shooting location for the interior of Roads Café was at Rococo Showplace which is at 165 -10th Street at Howard.
Getting there is a relatively easy task as you can take the public transportation available at Market Street to get up the street where you can take a turn at 10th street.
Charlie meets Harriet scene in So I Married an Axe Murderer
North Beach Pizza, San Francisco, California
After his successful night out at the Roads Café, we see Charlie enter a store called “Meats of the World” where he looks for meats his parents might appreciate. In the store, he meets Harriet Michaels, and he asks her, “Yes, uh, do you have haggis?” She later gets him the one haggis he asks for and an awkward interaction occurs where he explains to her that his parents are Scottish before paying and maintaining eye contact with her for an uncomfortably long period of time.
This scene shot at “Meats of the World” was actually shot in a store that is now called North Beach Pizza and set the scene for Harriet’s introduction to the movie. With San Francisco not being too complicated of a city, it's relatively easy to get to this location.
Drive along Kearny Street and then make a turn on Columbus Avenue and then another small turn to go up Grant Avenue. So I Married an Axe Murderer’s film locations were set throughout the city so you should be able to see the building they used when you come up Grant Avenue on your right.
Tony talks to Stuart scene in So I Married an Axe Murderer
San Francisco, California
As Charlie visits his parents for dinner, we see that Tony has arrived beforehand. As Charlie heads off to the kitchen to help his mother prepare dinner, we see a little bit of interaction between Tony and Charlie’s father, Stuart. Mike Meyers’s performance as Charlie’s father was based on the mannerisms that his father displayed.
They begin discussing theories that there is a secret society that controls the whole world, with five prominent members. When Tony asks, “So who’s in this Pentavirate?” Stuart responds without missing a beat and says, “The Queen, the Vatican, the Gettys, the Rothschilds, and Colonel Sanders…”
The moment where Tony laughs at Stuart’s comments concerning Colonel Sanders and starts impersonating him was not scripted. He did really lose control and laugh as Stuart, played also by Mike Meyers.
This entertaining scene utilizes a small San Francisco house as its backdrop as before Charlie enters the house, the audience sees him pull up to a home whose occupants can be heard from the outside. One of the many, So I Married an Axe Murderer, filming locations, this house can be found in San Francisco.
To get to the home used for the exterior of Charlie’s family house, you can drive along Parnassus Avenue and turn on either 5th or 4th Avenue, and then turn on Hugo Avenue where you can spot the house with the number 327a.
Tony talks to his Captain scene in So I Married an Axe Murderer
San Francisco War Memorial, San Francisco, California
The captain of the police force confronts a dejected-looking Tony as he asks for his report on a recent incident. Clearly worried for Tony, the captain asks, “Tony, I don’t want to intrude, but you seem a little down.” Tony begins explaining that he has doubts about being a cop and it’s because he can’t do the things the cops in the movies do, like hanging onto the railings of a helicopter. Instead, all he’s doing is filing paperwork which he feels is not a solid use of his time. At the end of it all, the captain exclaims, “Hey, somebody needs a hug!”
This, So I Married an Axe Murderer film shoot took place within the War Memorial building just opposite the San Francisco City Hall. The grand pillars and concrete structure with high ceilings make it look like a legitimate police office. Nowadays, visitors aren’t able to see the set but can still visit the memorial to pay respects to the veterans who fought in wars.
To get to this location, you can exit the Central Freeway and head up Mission Street where you then take a turn on South Van Ness Avenue. From then on you can see the memorial on your left-hand side.
Harriet confronts Russian Sailors scene in So I Married an Axe Murderer
Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco, California
As Harriet and Charlie walk through San Francisco downtown at night, they pass by some Russian sailors who talk amongst themselves as they decide whether Harriet is pretty or not. The first sailor says, “She’s a little thin.” To which the second sailor mentions, “She looks really good to me.” Harriet responds to them in perfect Russian saying, “Yes, very good.” The first sailor says, “Oh, she understands Russian.” And finally, Harriet leaves them saying, “See you later, boys.”
In the draft, Harriet was supposed to be previously married to a German martial arts expert as opposed to a Russian one. So instead of overhearing the two Russian sailors, she was supposed to overhear a German man propose to his girlfriend in German.
This scene in So I Married an Axe Murderer was shot in the beautiful Palace of Fine Arts. This building was originally built for an international exposition to exhibit works of art and as of now is the only structure from the exposition that survives onsite.
To get to one of San Francisco’s most recognizable landmarks, you can drive along Divisadero Street and then up Lombard Street to Richardson Avenue where you make a turn to enter Lyon Street to reach your destination.
Tony calls Charlie scene in So I Married an Axe Murderer
28 Aladdin Terrace, San Francisco, California
The scene opens with a saddened Charlie reading the papers on his terrace overlooking the rest of his neighborhood when he hears the sound of his telephone ringing. When he picks it up, it’s his best friend Tony who’s calling him. Tony calls Charlie to update him on news that might still be important to him saying that “…somebody just turned themselves in for the murder of Ralph Elliot.” Charlie asks, “What about the other murders?” to which Tony replies with, “If you gotta know, so far she just confessed to one murder.”
This scene was shot in one of the more scenic areas of San Francisco, particularly where Charlie lived. The house is located along 28 Aladdin Terrace and it overlooks some of the neighborhood as the area it's in is very hilly. To get to the specific house they used to film the scenes of Charlie on top of his terrace as well as within his house, you can travel along Pine Street and then make another turn to travel along Taylor Street. You then have to carefully look between all the alleyways to find 28 Aladdin Terrace.
So I Married an Axe Murderer is considered a romantic comedy with its fair share of being a black comedy film. Being set in San Francisco, the movie has its setting already set up beautifully for each shot and is worth a watch if you haven’t seen it, and a rewatch or two if you have. As you travel around the Golden City, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for some of the shooting locations used to film So I Married an Axe Murderer!