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'Goonies' fans descend on Oregon town to celebrate movie's 25th anniversary
The owner of this house made the biggest Goonie move of all.
Sandi Preston did a Goonies pilgrimage in the 1990s. She visited the house and fell in love. "I asked God if he would give me the Goonie house," Preston recalls, "and He did."
Four years after she first began praying for it, God or someone put the house up for sale. Preston moved from California to Astoria. She is happy to give tours; just leave your shoes on the porch.
Here is the doorway that Data crashes though. Here is the living room where Chunk breaks the statue. Here is the door to the attic -- tourists love the attic.
What is it that draws people, Sandi?
"Well," she says, "have you seen the movie?"
Let us see the movie, for the 10th or 15th time. Let us go to one of the nightly screenings held at the Columbian Voodoo, a battered single-screen theater with wobbly vinyl seats.
Let the lights dim and the credits begin, reminding you how many icons started as Goonies. There is a pre-puberty Corey Feldman as Mouth, telling the Spanish-speaking housekeeper that she will be locked up with the cockroaches. There is young Josh Brolin (in his first movie role) as big brother Brandon, and Astin's Mikey, the sentimental asthmatic and the ostensible soul of the movie.
There is Jeff Cohen as Chunk, the real soul of the movie, befriending Sloth, Truffle-Shuffling his heart out. Don't Seth Rogen and Jonah Hill, lovable schlubs that they are, owe debts to the Chunkness of Chunk?
Nestled into our vinyl at the Voodoo, it's 1985 all over again but it's also 2010. The pirate treasure is being hunted only because the Goonies are in danger of losing their homes to big business, watching the American dream wither before their preteen eyes. Their families could be the families of today's recession, except that the Walshes' plan if they lose their home, says Mikey, is to move to Detroit.
Not such a good idea, Mikey, not anymore.
After the movie, we call Willis Van Dusen, Astoria's mayor of 19 years, catching him just as he finishes judging a costume contest.