Take an exclusive look at a filming day at Waseca's Masonic Lodge.
Located amidst a charming residential neighborhood in Waseca, Minnesota, the Tuscan Lodge is a local architectural attraction with a gorgeous (and rarely seen) interior. Multiple scenes from both the feature and short versions of The Root of Evil were shot here, and you may be surprised by which ones. Most recognizably, the exterior of this building is seen in the feature version when the gangsters O'Malley and McGurn are sent to Boroshlav's safe house to carry out an assassination.
Though most of the remaining scene was filmed in the interior of a farmhouse near Owatonna, the inside entrance of the Tuscan Lodge is also briefly seen.
Nearly a year later in 2014, we returned to the lodge to shoot the penultimate scene of the film: Kensington's final moment at the end of both versions of ROE. The scene was filmed in one of the many small bedrooms and offices on the second floor.
The other region of the lodge used in the film is dramatically different from the stately rooms of the first and second floors. Known colloquially among the cast and crew as "the dungeon," the basement of the Tuscan Lodge was picture-perfect for the scenes in which Chanson is imprisoned and interrogated (feature version).
The "dungeon hallway" can be seen again near the end of the movie, when Boroshlav stalks through the house to confront Kensington.
Flaming Gnome Studios would like to thank the Masons of Lodge #77 (particularly Waseca Mayor Roy Srp) for generously lending this beautiful space to us for multiple filming days. We grew familiar with this building as a cast, and the long hours spent inside almost made the lodge feel like home. Indeed, sentimentality will be felt whenever we drive past that quaint building in Waseca.
RYAN A. HUANG
Director, writer, cinematographer, editor.