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Where Insomnia's scene-stealing British Columbia (though set in Alaska, the thriller was filmed outside Vancouver). Robin Williams' creepy cabin sits on a pristine lake near the border-straddling towns of Stewart, B.C., and Hyder, Alaska. How'd They Find It? Insomnia location manager Louisa Gradnitzer remembered the spot's spectacular scenery and sense of isolation from a vacation spent driving from Alaska to Vancouver (the 1998 original was set in desolate Norway). But How Do I Get There? It's just a 940-mile drive from Vancouver (or an hour-and-a-half flight from there to nearby Terrace, B.C.). Local Color In addition to plenty of motels, B&Bs, camping facilities, and nearby Strohn Lake and Bear Glacier (also seen in the film), the area offers snowmobiling, fishing, and getting ''Hyderized,'' which, according to Gradnitzer, involves ''a sort of local moonshine.'' Reality Check Choose dates wisely. When Gradnitzer began scouting last April, everything was covered in ice. ''You couldn't delineate the lake from the glacier,'' she says. ''It was all one white blanket!''

Originally posted Jun 21, 2002 Published in issue #659 Order article reprints