Vacant store becomes site for “Black Friday” movie

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A crew for the movie “Black Friday” filmed scenes at the vacant Babies R Us store last week. Courtesy photo

By Max Bowen-max.bowen@northstarreporter.com

A empty box store has a new use—however temporary—as a scene for the upcoming film “Black Friday.”

The Babies R Us, located on S. Washington Street, was used last week and into next week to film some scenes, according to Fire Chief Chris Coleman. The production company used a smoke machine and lights to simulate a fire. This led to numerous calls to 911 to report what people thought was an actual fire.

This is all special effects and there is no fire,” wrote the chief in a statement. “We have been in contact with the production crew and they will notify us in the event of an emergency.”

Other work at the site included the use of a fire tube, for which a detail was present.

Written by Andy Greskoviak and directed by Casey Tebo, “Black Friday” stars Bruce Campbell, Devon Sawa, and Michael Jai White. Taking place on the busiest shopping night of the year, the film features a group of disgruntled toy store employees who have to defend themselves from legions of holiday shoppers when a mysterious alien parasite sends them on a murderous rampage. Filming in Massachusetts took place between Nov. 16 and Dec. 16.