Our planet is littered with the remains of our past and present culture. Movies are the coliseums of our day and have left behind equally magnificent and haunting ruins. It's not every day you get to visit an alien world or first century Rome.
Star Wars -- Tatooine
The vast Mars-like Grande Dunes of Tunisia and Morocco were the only places on the planet that could play host to this strange alien world. Sets from the original movies and the prequels still litter the desert.
Pirates of the Caribbean -- Port Royale
Wallilabou bay, which once acted as Port Royale in Pirates of the Caribbean is still home to many of the props, including replica cannons.
Hunger Games -- District 12
The slums of District 12 were filmed in an already abandoned 1920s textile community at Henry River Mill Village, North Carolina.
Lord of the Rings -- The Shire
Now occupied by sheep rather than hobbits, the set has been ripped of everything except the hobbit holes. Matamata, New Zealand.
Schindler's List -- Płaszów Labor Camp
This dilapidated replica of the Płaszów Labor Camp is almost as haunting as the real thing. The remains can be found in used in Krakow, Poland.
Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters -- Augsburg
With the movie largely panned by critics, the set used to portray a German town was quickly left to it's own devices. You can find the remains in a forest a few miles away from Berlin, Germany.
Cleopatra and The Passion of the Christ -- Rome
Cinecittà Studios were built in the late 1930s just outside of Rome. Following the decline of the Italian movie industry, the classic Roman streets were abandoned.
Blue Brothers -- Mall Chase
The Dixie Square Mall in Harvey, Illinois, was already abandoned when it was wrecked for the iconic chase scene. The Toys R Us sign remains to this day.
Full Metal Jacket -- Vietnam
Because director Stanley Kubrick didn't like to travel, Full Metal Jacket, set mostly in Vietnam, was fully shot in London, England. The abandoned Beckton Gas Works were used to shoot the major battle scenes.
M*A*S*H -- The Sign
M*A*S*H was shot 25 miles south of Los Angeles in what is now Malibu Creek State Park. But some of the more recognizable parts of the set were left behind.
Batman (1989) -- Gotham City
The set of Gotham City was left to rot after Batman ended shooting. At the site in Buckinghamshire, England, you can still find Gotham bank and various other buildings and props - including Batman's safe.
Lone Star -- Township
The Abyss -- Submarine
The remains of the unfinished Cherokee Nuclear Plant were used to film underwater scenes in The Abyss, the massive structures were filled with water to create an ocean. Gaffney, South Carolina.
Popeye - Popeye Village
Robin Williams' Popeye, was filmed in a small village in Malta, built specifically for the movie. After filming ended, it was cheaper to leave the village than to knock it down. Mellieħa, Malta.
The Patriot -- Spanish Mission
The old Spanish Mission set from The Patriot was left behind in a stagnant swamp after filming was completed. Cypress Gardens, South Carolina.
The Hills Have Eyes -- Gas Haven
This iconic location was built specifically for the movie and later abandoned along with other equipment that wasn't worth bring back from deep in the desert wastelands where the movie has filmed. Souss-Massa-Draa, Morocco.
Big Fish -- Spectre
The idyllic town of Spectre looks even more haunted after a decade of abandonment. Montgomery, USA.
The Fugitive -- Escape Scene
The remains of the prison bus crash scene remain abandoned at the side of the track where the scene was filmed in Dillsboro, North Carolina.
Looper -- Diner
The iconic diner remains neglected in the middle of a field near Napoleonville, Louisiana.
Mama -- Abandoned Home
The house in the woods from Guillermo del Toro's horror film looks even more terrifying after years of abandonment.
The Good, The Bad and The Ugly -- Frontier Town
This western frontier town in the old world Tabernas Desert in Spain, was the set of more than 200 movies, including Fort Bravo before being abandoned as western films lost popularity.
Sunday, March 08, 2015
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