The 2019 Jordan Peele film “Us” was shot primarily around Santa Cruz, California. The film’s opening, set in 1986, was shot at the famous Santa Cruz Boardwalk. “The Lost Boys” also famously shot on the boardwalk and characters in this film even reference that movie. As the parents of Adelaide Thomas walk past this area, they mention a movie is being filmed nearby.
LOCATION: 400 Beach St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Young Adelaide roams away from her parents and heads out onto the beach. She sees the Vision Quest building right in this spot. There is no actual Vision Quest building, it was a set built by the production.
The same location is seen again in present day later in the film, when an adult Adelaide, played by Lupita Nyong’o, returns with her family. She sees the building again, which is now called Merlin’s Forest.
Adelaide’s son Jason sees a strange man standing with his arms outstretched, facing away from him near the end of the boardwalk on the beach.
When Adelaide’s family first heads to the boardwalk, they see a man being loaded into an ambulance. He’s holding the same sign as a man she saw on the boardwalk in her childhood. The location really is near the boardwalk, which is straight ahead at the end of the road.
LOCATION: 207 Riverside Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Later in the film, Adelaide is driving with her family and brakes suddenly when she sees a car on fire in the middle of the street. A masked boy stands in front of their vehicle.
LOCATION: Near 1163 E Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz, CA 95062
Here is the reverse view, where Jason is taken.