Sharp Objects' Pristine Victorian Mansion Belies Its Spooky Secrets

Sharp Objects' Pristine Victorian Mansion Belies Its Spooky Secrets

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Meryl Williams
Jul 21, 2018
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If you dig shows and movies like Big Little Lies, Gone Girl, and even Buffy The Vampire Slayer, you need to be watching HBO's Sharp Objects. The eight-episode miniseries is based on Gillian Flynn's debut novel and is centered around Camille Preaker (Amy Adams), a St. Louis-based journalist who is sent back to her hometown in the southern part of the state to report on the year-old death of one young girl and the recent disappearance of a second. Once she's back in the fictional town of Wind Gap, Missouri, we see the home she grew up in: A Southern Gothic monstrosity where horrible things seem to have happened to its inhabitants.

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Adora Crellin (Patricia Clarkson), her mother, is a stodgily formal woman who looks amazing in a caftan wandering around her giant home with a tumbler full of amaretto sour. Camille, on the other end of the spectrum, dresses from head to toe in gray and black—covering up a secret, revealed at the end of the pilot.

Amma, a younger half-sister to Camille, shows up later in the first episode and seems to play the part of Adora's dress-up doll, but has a secret rebellious side. Together, they walk the Victorian mansion and avoid talking too much about the untouched, museum-like room of Camille's other sister, who died years earlier. Spooky!

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What somehow makes the mansion even creepier is that a perfect replica of it exists in tiny, model form. Amma maintains a dollhouse version to exact detail, which she proudly shows Camille.

"It needs reupholstering now, Mama changed her color scheme from gold to gray," Amma tells Camille, referring to the real-life versions of updated decor in the actual mansion. (P.S., if you watch the episode, keep your eye on the dollhouse for just one example of some interesting wordplay-focused ways the show tricks our eyes.)

(Image credit: Anna Marie Fox/HBO)

Exterior shots of the Crellin mansion were shot of a home on East Ranch, a property that spans more than 1,745 acres in Redwood Valley, California. Interiors, however, were not done there.

Episodes air Sundays at 9 p.m. Eastern on HBO.

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