The Clayton Penitentiary scenes were shot at the Mimico Correctional Centre in Toronto’s east end. This centre was built in 1887 and originally functioned as a juvenile reformatory.
Five retractable syringes were custom-made for the morphine injection scene.
The SPFX Department added an accelerator to the toilet paper tube that Xavier set on fire. This was required in order to increase the flame length of the torch. A spark was placed on the end of the paperclip and an electronic spark was nestled within the toilet paper. Both sparks were fired at the same time to simulate the current from the socket and to actually ignite the paper.
Props master Jim Murray had to weave together the paper clips that Xavier used in his cell. He wove them by hand and with no tools, as Xavier would have done in prison. As twelve paperclip sets were required, Jim spent over 3½ hours working to make them exact replicas of the original.
The boarded-up urban home was filmed at an actual abandoned home in Toronto’s Cabbagetown neighborhood.
To achieve the effect that Jill Kinkaid’s fingernails had been ripped off, her fingertips were covered in tube plaster and painted a flesh tone, followed by detailing and the application of SPFX makeup that mimicked dried blood.
The toy police badge Xavier used to trick the prostitute and john in the car was assembled from the favorite elements of three different toy police badges.
Production notes courtesy of Tori Larsen.