Wednesday, July 5, 2023

ABANDONED .....................

 


There is not much you can really say ......about this .......i would  love to  see some of  them ......i love abandoned places  ......something about them .......


These Hit TV And Movie Sets Are Abandoned – And Still Standing Today

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Hollywood is the stuff of dreams, and where fantasies become a reality. We all grow up with the movies, dreaming of the Wild West, fantastical adventures, or being swept off our feet just like in the pictures. Parallel universes, dystopian worlds, or a thrilling chase after the bad guy. The only limit is our imagination.

The movies offer us an opportunity to become someone or go somewhere entirely different for a brief moment, offering reprieve and escape from the mundanities of life. We connect with characters and places that are beyond our daily routines and responsibilities, outside our normal constraints. It’s no wonder the idea of visiting the set location is so exciting.

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There is something magical about a film set as if the way the movie made us feel is somehow made tangible through the location itself, and the energy of the actors and actresses who we so admire resonates through the props which they handled. Here is a list of movie sets that still exist today and are open to the public, allowing us all to experience a little bit of that cinematic enchantment. 

1. 12 Monkeys

Set Piece: Eastern State Penitentiary
Where It’s Located: 
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Production Budget: 
$29 million*

The legendary Al Capone was once held in this prison, which was later shut down and eventually fell to decay. Which of course made it the perfect set for this Brad Pitt and Bruce Willis science fiction flick.

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When the penitentiary was first built over 180 years ago, it was the most famous and expensive prison in the world. The world’s original ‘Penitentiary’ meaning a prison created to inspire penitence or true regret in its inhabitants. 

The science fiction apocalyptic film grossed $168.8 million and was received well by critics. Today the set is open for tourists, popular amongst movie enthusiasts as well as gangster fans, the tour is even narrated by the one and only Nucky Thomson (Steve Buscemi).

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2. M*A*S*H

Set Piece: Signs
Where It’s Located: 
Malibu Creek State Park, California, USA
Production Budget: 
$3 million*

M*A*S*H is a 1970 film based on Richard Hooker’s novel, as well as a hit television series with a star-studded cast. It was one of the most popular films in the ’70s and grossed $81.6 million. It went on to win an Academy Award along with several other accolades.

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The filming was along the picturesque hiking trails of Malibu, and while the beauty of the trails is enough to entice any visitor, the excitement of coming across pieces of the set still brings tourists to the trails in the hopes of catching a glimpse of one of the military vehicles or pieces of remaining signs. 

The film was such a hit for Fox that it inspired the hit TV show that ran for more than 10 years. Robert Altman, who directed the film, was not a fan of the TV show despite having created the movie. He was quoted saying he hadn’t watched an entire episode through.

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3. Pirates of the Caribbean

Set Piece: Port Royale
Where It’s Located: 
Wallilabou Anchorage, St. Vincent
Production Budget: 
$378.5 million*

Pirates of the Caribbean officially has the title of most expensive film ever made with a whopping $378.5 million budget. The film ultimately grossed a colossal $1.046 billion dollars, paying Johnny Depp $55.5 million for the role. 

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The cast and crew were lucky enough to be able to take home souvenirs from the set, it is said that not a single of the cursed counts was left behind. It’s hard not to imagine Captain Jack Sparrow making a run for it with all the coins, like a lizard running on water as described by Depp himself.

Remains of the 2003 set of The Curse of the Black Pearl still exist in St Vincent where you can find props and buildings alike. The dock however didn’t survive and has fallen into disrepair, but much of the original set still stands. 

4. The Hills Have Eyes

Set Piece: Gas Haven Gas Station
Where It’s Located: 
Ouarzazate, Morocco, USA
Production Budget: 
$15 million*

This Alexandre Aja film is quite possibly the most terrifying film on earth. If there was ever a question about what the horror genre is, this would be a prime example. A family traveling in the US is captured by psychotic cannibals and well, you can guess where that story goes.

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According to Wes Craven, the film was inspired by the story of Sawney Bean, the leader of a Scottish clan who killed and devoured people in the Middle Ages. According to the story, they lived near what was believed to be a haunted road because travelers kept disappearing.

This film takes us back to the large film set in Morocco where The Mummy was filmed. Today you can find a very creepy gas station where the family is told about a shortcut to their destination which will eventually lead to their doom… or will it? (Cue horror music)

5. Bates Motel

Set Piece: The Bates Motel
Where It’s Located:
 Aldergrove, British Columbia, Canada
Production Budget: 
Unknown

Bates Motel is a television series based on the classic Hitchcock thriller, Psycho. Originally met with mixed reviews, the film did exceptionally well at the box office grossing $50 million, which was a lot for the time, forcing people to reevaluate their first impressions.

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The film went on to become a cult classic and was nominated for four Academy Awards. Following its cult status, television creators decided to capitalize on the legend of Norman Bates, this time exploring young Norman’s life and his relationship with his mother before the events of the film.

Produced by Universal the TV series enjoyed a fair amount of success, continuing on for five seasons. A replica of the original Bates Motel set from the film Psycho was built in Aldergrove, British Columbia, where portions of the series were filmed.

6. Jurassic Park

Set Piece: Various Set Locations
Where It’s Located: 
Kauai, Hawaii, USA
Production Budget: 
$63 million*

Jurassic Park was the highest-grossing film of its time, with a whopping $912 million, it was the record holder for four years from 1993 until the release of Titanic in 1997Filming took place in California and Hawaii, with outdoor scenes in Hawaii shot in just three weeks after two years of pre-production. 

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The film featured computer-generated visual effects that were cutting edge at the time and were credited for heralding a revolution in movie making. Today, while many of the places the film was produced are open for visitors, it is unlikely you will find many set remains as many of the dinosaur scenes were shot in a studio. 

Available for streaming on Netflix, the rights of the film were purchased in 1990 before the book was even published after the writer, Michael Crichton, told Steven Spielberg about his latest book project. As we can see today, Spielberg’s instinct was spot on with this one.

7. Lord of the Rings

Set Piece: Hobbit Holes
Where It’s Located: 
Mamata, New Zealand
Production Budget: 
$281 million*

Peter Jackson took on the epic fantasy novel written by J.R.R. Tolkien. The films did exceptionally well with a return of $887 million at the box office. The films are an average of four hours each and are as epic as the novels.

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While Tolkien was famously inspired by the South African countryside for many of his intricate sceneries, the film was shot in New Zealand and the sets of the Hobbit Holes, which is where it all begins for young Frodo, are well preserved and open for visitors and LOTR fans across the globe. 

While the Hobbit Holes are perhaps the most popular of the locations, the filming took place in over 150 places in both the North and South Islands of NZ. Mount Doom scenes were filmed at Mount Ngauruhoe, which is in Tongariro National Park and can be viewed after a full day hike, reputed as the most beautiful day walk in the whole country.

8. Star Wars: The Phantom Menace

Set Piece: Tatooine
Where It’s Located: 
Tozeur, Tunisia
Production Budget: 
$115 million*

Starring Natalie Portman, Kiera Knightley, Ewan McGregor, and Liam Nelson, this installment of the epic fantasy series, Star Wars, the Trade Federation cuts off all routes to planet Naboo and the Jedi’s are sent to resolve the issue. 

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The set that remains is in North Africa, near Nefta, and is the well-maintained structure where Luke’s home is still standing amongst other buildings. Fans of the series can enjoy the closest thing to being on another planet by being on the set of the planet Tatooine. 

Star Wars costume design has never disappointed, through the years inspiring and cutting edge. The wardrobe colors for the Phantom Menace were carefully designed to match the environments from which the characters come. The palette for Coruscant was gray, brown, and black, Naboo was green and gold, and of course sandy colors for Tattooine.

9. Gone Girl

Set Piece: Hawthorne Plaza Mall
Where It’s Located: 
Hawthorne, California, USA
Production Budget: 
$61 million*

The American psychological thriller directed by David Fincher follows the disappearance of Nick Dunne’s (Ben Affleck) wife Amy (Rosamund Pike). The film was Fincher’s most successful film to date and grossed a whopping $369 million. 

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The scene where the police found that Amy was trying to purchase a firearm is shot in this creepy abandoned mall in Hawthorne, California and it also happens to be the location of the cold storage facility in HBO’s Westworld as well as scenes from Minority Report and Rush Hour.

In the film, there is a scene with a phone number to call if there is any information on missing Amy, which if you call the number in real life plays an audio recording of the beginning of the book, Gone Girl written by Gillian Flynn, the inspiration for the movie.

10. The Alamo

Set Piece: The Alamo
Where It’s Located: 
North of Brackettville, Texas, USA
Production Budget: 
$12 million*

Set in 1836, this classic American Western starring John Wayne was filmed in 1960 in Texas and has since been used in over 100 films of the same genre, as well as commercials and music videos. 

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During filming in Brackettville, Texas, there were many problems with production. It is believed that Richard Widmark and John Wayne didn’t get along at all. It is also said that John Wayne, who financed part of the filming himself, was so stressed out he chain-smoked cigarettes during each of his breaks on set.

Today Alamo Village is a popular tourist destination for all fans of the Wild, Wild West, making fans feel like a part of Hollywood history. People can come and enjoy the set that big stars such as Dean Martin, Raquel Welch, and Willie Nelson have worked on, perhaps even enjoy a pint in the tavern.

11. Ghost Hunters

Set Piece: Waverly Hills Sanatorium
Where It’s Located: 
Louisville, Kentucky, USA
Production Budget: 
$1.5 million*

With a name like Death Tunnel, it doesn’t exactly conjure images of a fun, relaxing day out, unless you are a horror fan of course. The plot is fairly stereotypical, with a group of college freshmen hazing in an abandoned sanitarium. Of course, followed by the unexplained paranormal activity and you have yourself a typical, low-budget horror film of the early 2000s.

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The set location is said to be one of the most haunted hospitals in the US, not sure exactly how that was measured but if you are a believer in the ghostly kind then perhaps you will prefer to avoid the abandoned location of this film. 

The Waverly Hills Sanatorium is an attraction for all horror fans, offering overnight paranormal investigation events and Halloween guided tours. They also offer historical tours with the option for a group visit as well as a private tour through the “Most Haunted Place in America”.

12. Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters

Set Piece: Witch Hunters Village
Where It’s Located: 
Augsburg, Germany
Production Budget: 
$50 million*

Take a children’s fairy tale, which with objectivity is rather terrifying, and turn it into an action-adventure film and voila, this is what you get. Not surprisingly though, it wasn’t’ received well with critics saying the script was weak and the violence too gratuitous.

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The film did, however, gain some popularity amongst horror fans and did fairly well at the box office grossing $226 million and there was even talk of a sequel. The set is in Germany, just outside of Berlin, and is a fairly popular tourist destination amongst cult horror fans.

Now available for streaming on Netflix there is currently talk of a sequel, which is said to have a 2021 release date despite the generally terrible reviews. Starring Famke Janssen of X-Men fame, one would hope the next installment would be better than the first if it is ever created at all.

13. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

Set Piece: Resting Place of the Holy Grail
Where It’s Located: Petra, Jordan
Production Budget: $48 million*

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade grossed hundreds of millions at the box office, so it’s no surprise that anything associated with the movie is a huge attraction. In the movie, Indiana Jones, an explorer and college professor, is after the Holy Grail, which is housed at a place known as “The Treasury.”

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You can actually visit “The Treasury” today; in fact, it’s one of Jordan’s most popular tourist attractions. Called the Al Khazneh, “The Treasury” is in fact  a massive, ornately-carved fa├žade. The temple was built in the first century A.D. Needless to say, IJLC producers had to be extremely careful while filming, lest they cause damage to the holy site.

14. Escape From Alcatraz

Set Piece: The Escape
Where It’s Located: Alcatraz Island, San Francisco
Production Budget: $8 million*

Escape from Alcatraz was a nail-biting thriller starring Clint Eastwood. The 1979 film featured Eastwood’s character attempting a daring escape from the famous California prison. Alcatraz is no longer a prison—it was shut down as a state pen in 1936, mainly because of cost reasons.

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