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Amazon Prime's New Horror Show Transforms Toronto's West End Into New York

It's a busy summer for filming in Toronto, and The Junction is among the newest production spots in the city.

The west-end neighbourhood was transformed into a slice of New York City this past weekend to film the pilot for The Horror of Dolores Roach, a series coming soon to Amazon Prime Video. The show is based on a 2018 Gimlet Media podcast, described as a "macabre urban legend of love, betrayal, weed, gentrification, cannibalism, and survival of the fittest."

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The set features a bodega, laundromat, and an empanada restaurant, which will likely be a key part of the show.

The fictional horror podcast follows the story of Dolores Roach who, after spending 16 years in prison, comes back home to a completely different neighbourhood. When Dolores Roach discovers her family is gone and her boyfriend is missing, "an old stoner friend" gives her a place to stay while she gives massages in the basement apartment underneath his empanada shop.

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"Magic Hand Dolores" is played by Justina Machado in the Amazon Prime production, but was voiced by Daphne Rubin-Vega in the podcast story. Machado has previously starred in hit shows like Jane the Virgin and Superstore.

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The Amazon pilot is produced by Aaron Mark, who also happens to be the writer of the podcast. According to the City of Toronto, filming began on June 28 and is set to wrap on July 30.

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