The 2011 Kevin Smith film “Red State” was shot in Southern California. In the opening scene of the film, Travis and his mother, played by Michael Angarano and Anna Gunn, drive past this fire station, located in Whittier.
LOCATION: 10630 Mills Ave, Whittier, CA 90604
Much of the film takes place at the Five Points Trinity Church, which is headed by the fanatical Pastor Abin Cooper, played by Michael Parks. The Five Points Trinity Church exterior scenes were filmed at Firestone Ranch in Santa Clarita. The property is located down a long strech of dirt road near the Sierra Pelona Mountains. The Spanish style property was once owned by mobster Bugsy Siegel from 1911 until 1932. The same ranch appeared in the film “Nope.”
LOCATION: 35100 Anthony Rd, Santa Clarita, CA 91390
The 1979 film “The Amityville Horror” was shot primarily around New Jersey. The film is of course based on real events, where in 1974, a man murdered six of his family members. In 1975, the Lutz family purchased the home and later claimed to have experienced paranormal activity, although the truthfulness of their claim has been widely disputed. Initial attempts to film in the real town of Amityville, New York proved unsuccessful, after the town denied permission to film any scenes there in an ongoing effort to distance themselves from further infamy. You can read about the real home here.
Instead, a similar looking home was found in Toms River, New Jersey. The production added a third-floor facade with the distinct crescent moon windows on the sides of the house.
LOCATION: 18 Brooks Rd, Toms River, NJ 08753
Aside from a few interior scenes being filmed inside the Toms River house, the majority of interior scenes were filmed at MGM studios in Culver City, CA.
The TV series “What We Do in the Shadows” is set in Staten Island, New York, but primarily filmed around Toronto, Canada. However, the house featured frequently as the establishing shot of the vampire estate can be found in South Pasadena, California. The home has also appeared in such TV shows as “The Mentalist,” “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” and “Bones.”
LOCATION: 929 Buena Vista St, South Pasadena, CA 91030
The South Pasadena home was featured prominently in the pilot, before the production moved to Toronto and a different home, located at 450 Pape Ave, Toronto, ON M4K 3P7, Canada, was used instead. After that location was later sold, a facade was built instead at Eastern Ave / Heward Ave, Toronto, ON M4M 1C8, Canada.
The 2015 Todd Haynes film “Carol,” while set in New York, was primarily filmed around Cincinnati, Ohio, with some additional scenes filmed in Kentucky. Therese Belivet, played by Rooney Mara, works at Frankenberg’s Department Store, where she first meets Carol Aird, played by Cate Blanchett.
LOCATION: 151 W 7th St, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Carol’s home was also located in Cincinnati, but has since been demolished. Demolition was completed just prior to our visit to the location.
The Sandin Family house from the 2013 film “The Purge,” where the majority of the film takes place, can be found in Chatsworth, California. The home is located within Indian Falls, a gated community that is closed to the public. The neighborhood sits very close to Spahn Ranch and Iverson Movie Ranch, just north of the CA-118 freeway.
The 2022 film “Everything Everywhere All at Once,” starring Michelle Yeoh, was filmed in Southern California. In the film, Evelyn Wang, played by Yeoh, owns this laundromat, where she lives in an apartment overhead with her family. The building can be found in San Fernando, however, the second level apartment was a visual effect added by the production and does not actually exist.
LOCATION: 260 S Meyer St, San Fernando, CA 91340
The IRS building where the family meets with Deirdre Beaubeirdre, played by Jamie Lee Curtis, can be found in Simi Valley. The same building appeared in the 1992 film “Sneakers.”
The 2007 Coen Brothers film, “No Country for Old Men,” is set in West Texas in 1980. The movie was filmed in Texas, New Mexico and Mexico, with much of the film shot around Las Vegas, New Mexico (not to be confused with the famed city in Nevada). Early in the film, Anton Chigurh, played by Javier Bardem, becomes agitated at a gas station owner and gambles the man’s life on a coin toss. The building currently sits abandoned and can be found on the outskirts of Las Vegas.
LOCATION: 2619 NM-104, Las Vegas, NM 87701
While it is never seen from this angle in the film, here is a closer look at the gas station exterior.
Most of the scene takes place inside. Here is how the interior looks where Anton Chigurh stood.
On the run with drug money, Llewelyn Moss, played by Josh Brolin, gets a room at the Regal Motel.
LOCATION: 1809 N Grand Ave, Las Vegas, NM 87701
Rightfully paranoid he’s being tracked, Llewelyn heads up to the front desk and books a second room.
Llewelyn is seen exiting room 138.
On the hunt for Llewelyn, Anton Chigurh uses a pay phone to call Llewelyn’s mother-in-law. In reality, no pay phone exists where Anton stands, it’s just some parking spaces in front of the Las Vegas Train Station.
LOCATION: 500 Railroad Avenue, Las Vegas, NM 87701
Llewelyn checks into the Historic Plaza Hotel, where he realizes he’s been tracked. The same hotel is seen in the films “Easy Rider” and John Carpenter’s “Vampires.”
LOCATION: 230 Plaza Park, Las Vegas, NM 87701
The lobby of the real hotel appears in a few scenes, most memorably when Anton confronts Carson Wells, played by Woody Harrelson.
As Carson walks up the stairs, Anton approaches him from behind and tells him to proceed to his room. In the film, the room is shown to be room 213. However, we visited room 213 and can confirm it is not the room used in the film. Nothing about the layout matches what is seen in the film, including the hallway outside. What is seen in the film is either a different hotel or a set. The lobby scenes are the real Historic Plaza Hotel, however.
Right next to the stairs is this sign noting the hotel’s appearance in the film.
Here is the area where the hotel clerk’s front desk was located.
Llewelyn pays off the clerk to notify him is anyone else enters the hotel. When he later calls and no one answers, he confirms Anton is in the building.
A gun fight spills into the streets between Llewelyn and Anton. Llewelyn stops a truck to try to escape, but the driver is quickly shot by Anton.
LOCATION: 518 Douglas Ave, Las Vegas, NM 87701
Llewelyn flees in the truck and jumps the curb of this intersection before crashing.
LOCATION: 527 Grand Ave, Las Vegas, NM 87701
After fending off Anton, Llewelyn crosses the border to Mexico. The border station was built by the production at this intersection.
LOCATION: E University Ave / Grand Ave, Las Vegas, NM 87701
Llewelyn walks up E University Ave (also known as NM-104), where he buys a coat off some men passing him. He also tosses the money over the fence, but below is not the grassy area seen in the film, rather some railroad tracks. Carson Wells is seen later at the same location.
LOCATION: E University Ave, Las Vegas, NM 87701 (GPS coordinates: 35°35’47.4″N, 105°12’44.2″W, overlooking 700 Railroad Ave, Las Vegas, NM 87701)
Wounded and in need of medicine, Anton blows up a car in front of Mike Zoss Pharmacy, in order to distract everyone inside as he takes what he needs.
LOCATION: 610 Douglas Ave, Las Vegas, NM 87701
After recovering from his injuries, Llewelyn stays at the Desert Sands Motel in Albuquerque, which has since been demolished. The front street can still be matched up, when Ed Tom Bell, played by Tommy Lee Jones, arrives right after a crime has transpired.
LOCATION: 5000 Central Ave SE, Albuquerque, NM 87108 (now demolished)
Ed Tom meets a fellow officer at the morgue, also located in Albuquerque.
LOCATION: 715 Dr Martin Luther King Jr Ave NE, Albuquerque, NM 87102
Carla Jean, played by Kelly Macdonald, lives at this home.
LOCATION: 915 Jackson St, Las Vegas, NM 87701
Late in the film, Anton gets into an accident at this intersection. In the film, a traffic light is seen, but in reality there is only a stop sign.
LOCATION: Baca Ave / 6th St, Las Vegas, NM 87701
After some boys approach Anton to check on him, he asks for one of their shirts and then escapes down this sidewalk.
The 1959 classic “House on Haunted Hill,” starring Vincent Price, was filmed in Los Angeles, California. In the film, Frederick Loren hosts a party at the famous “Ennis House,” located in Los Feliz area. Only the exterior of the house was used in the film. The house has been featured in countless productions, including “Blade Runner,” “The Day of the Locust,” “The Karate Kid Part III,” “Black Rain,” “The Glimmer Man,” “The Replacement Killers,” “Rush Hour,” “Grand Canyon” and “The Thirteenth Floor.” It has also been recreated on studio stages for movies such as “Predator 2,” “The Rocketeer” and “Mullholland Drive.” It has likewise appeared in the TV shows “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Twin Peaks,” as well as countless other music videos and commercials.
LOCATION: 2607 Glendower Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
The TV series “Who’s the Boss?,” which ran from 1984 to 1992, is set in the town of Fairfield, Connecticut. However, the house where Tony Micelli, played by Tony Danza, works as a live-in housekeeper for Angela Bower, played by Judith Light, can actually be found in Rye, New York.