David Lynch’s 1977 directorial debut “Eraserhead” was shot around Los Angeles, California. During the opening of the film, The Man in the Planet, played by Jack Fisk, is seen moving levers in a room by a window. This scene was filmed in an upstairs room inside the stables of the famed Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills. The stables are separate from the main house and the building sits much closer to the road. Quite a bit of the film was in fact shot in and around the mansion’s stables, as the property was leased at the time by the American Film Institute, which partially funded the film. Now known as the Carriage House, Lynch actually lived in the stables for a time during production.
LOCATION: 509 Doheny Rd, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Henry Spencer, played by Jack Nance, begins his walk home through this tunnel, located in Downtown Los Angeles. Lynch returned to this area, shooting mere blocks away for some scenes in “Wild At Heart.”
LOCATION: 504 S Santa Fe Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90013
The construction site Henry walks though on his way home was shot on what would become the Beverly Center, a large shopping mall near Beverly Hills and West Hollywood. The entire area obviously looks much different now.
LOCATION: 8500 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048
The 2019 Bong Joon-ho film “Parasite” was filmed entirely in South Korea. Some of the key locations were unfortunately sets built at studios, but there are still some memorable locations which can be visited at practical locations. This article contains some minor spoilers, so if you’ve not seen the film, we discourage reading until after you’ve watched.
The Kim family home is depicted as a basement level unit in a lower class neighborhood. Late in the film, the entire area gets flooded by heavy rains. Due to the requirements of the story, the location needed to be built as a set at Goyang Aqua Studio (250 Tongil-ro 396beon-gil, Ogeum-dong, Deokyang-gu, Goyang-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea), in order to create the flooding scenes.
Ki-woo, played by Choi Woo-shik, meets with Min-hyuk at this market. The two sit and have drinks at a small table at the corner of the building. The table and parasol where they sit are still there. Min-hyuk offers Ki-woo the opportunity to take over for him as an English tutor for a wealthy girl. The market appears again later in the film, when Ki-jeong, played by Park So-dam buys a peach and exits down the alley on the right. This same area, namely the stairs in the distance on the right, supposedly appear once again later in the film, but we doubt that to be the case and will cover it later in this article.
LOCATION: 32 Songijeong-ro, Ahyeon-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Due to the success of the film, many of the locations are marked in one form or another noting their connection with the film. At the market, this sign can be found on the right side of the building.
Ki-woo walks through this upscale neighborhood to his job interview for English tutor.
LOCATION: 24 Seonjam-ro 8-gil, Seongbuk-dong, Seongbuk-gu, Seoul, South Korea
This same area appears again late in the film when the heavy rains begin and the Kim family hurries home.
The filmmakers did an excellent job of blending real locations with studio sets. Visual effects were composited into some of the street shots, making it very much appear as if the Park house was an actual residence. However, only the streets were real. Every element of the home was created by the production, as documented in the film’s behind the scenes featurettes.
The film’s primary location, the Park house, was built on some open land near Jeonju Film Studio Complex (125-14 Wonsangrim-gil, Hyoja 4(sa)-dong, Wansan-gu, Jeonju, Jeollabuk-do South Korea), which is located far away from the locations in Seoul. The first level of the home was a physical set built for the film, while the second level of the home was created entirely with digital effects. Again, the behind the scenes content on the film does an excellent job in demonstrating how it was all pieced together.
The restaurant where the Kim family eats was a real restaurant. Sky Pizza was located at 86 Noryangjin-ro 6-gil, Noryangjin 2(i)-dong, Dongjak-gu, Seoul, South Korea. Unfortunately, it has since permanently closed.
After nearly getting caught together at the Park house, the Kim family escapes in the pouring rain on foot back to their home. They are seen descending down these stairs, located near Jahamun Tunnel.
LOCATION: Near 219 Jahamun-ro, Buam-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
There are safe areas to stand on both sides of the street to take photos of the stairs. The city even added this photo marquee, where visitors can stand. They even put black and white bars over the eyeline of the plexiglass, to emulate the film’s poster when posing for photos, which was a nice touch. It’s always great to see a city embrace their filming locations and this is definitely a highly recommended spot for fans of the film.
Here is a closer look at the bottom portion.
Here is a reverse view of the photo area. There is a street leading up to this point and you simply head down a few stairs and you’re there. To cross over to the “Parasite” stairs themselves, you simply go back up the stairs on the left, head uphill a bit and there are a couple spots you can cross above the tunnel, either though a pedestrian walkway or up to the next street and back down, if you prefer. It’s not difficult to reach the stairs, despite the heavy traffic through the tunnel.
At the top of the stairs themselves, there is a sign noting it as a filming location.
While never shown from these perspectives in the film, here are some additional views of the stairs themselves.
Here is a view of the photo area, as seen from the top of the stairs. Having visited thousands of filming locations around the world, these stairs are among our favorite spots we’ve visited.
Cold and wet, the Kim family descends down the stairs and into Jahamun Tunnel. The tunnel is located at the base of the stairs, as depicted in the film.
LOCATION: Jahamun Tunnel, near 219 Jahamun-ro, Buam-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
As a visual allegory of their low class standing in society, the family continues down more and more stairs. As they approach their neighborhood, they descend down a small flight of stairs. According to numerous sources online, it’s the same stairs seen behind the market early in the film. However, we’re skeptical these stairs were actually used, as the surrounding features simply do not match. In the film, there is no railing down the middle of the stairs and the buildings on both sides look completely different. We’ve included it simply because so many resources point to these stairs as a filming location, but if it is, it was heavily modified.
LOCATION: Near 32 Songijeong-ro, Ahyeon-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea (to the right of the market location)
We lean towards the belief that, due to the heavy amounts of water seen flooding down the stairs, this was probably another set at Goyang Aqua Studio, possibly with visual effects added to widen the scope. We will update this article if we ever find any further clarification, but by our estimation, this was most likely not an actual filming location, in spite of the many resources claiming it is.
Late in the film, Choi Yeon-gyo, played by Cho Yeo-jeong, decides to throw a party for her son. She asks Kim Ki-taek, played by Song Kang-ho, to take her to this grocery market. Somewhat to our surprise, the interior still looks pretty much identical to how it appeared in the film.
LOCATION: 4 Yangjae-daero 71-gil, Bangi 1(il)-dong, Songpa-gu, Seoul, South Korea
While only seen from interior views in the film, here is a look at the outside, for anyone planning to visit.
Lastly, we leave you with Da-song’s self-portrait painting from the film, seen hanging on the wall inside the Park house. The painting was done by Korean artist and rapper Hoony Hoon, who displayed it at some American screenings of the film.
For anyone planning to visit Seoul, South Korea, which we highly recommend, these locations are scattered across a variety of locations around the city. You’ll need several hours to visit them all, which requires driving or use of public transportation.
The 1998 thriller “Wild Things,” starring Matt Dillon, Neve Campbell and Denise Richards, was filmed in Florida. In the film, Kelly Van Ryan, played by Richards, lives at this home with her mother Sandra, played by Theresa Russell. The front of the house is seen when Sam Lombardo, played by Dillon, gives Kelly a ride home.
LOCATION: 40 E Star Island Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139
The house can be found on the famed Star Island in Miami Beach. While Star Island isn’t technically private, it does have a guarded entrance and you’ll have to speak with the guard in order to gain access. However, there are many boat tours that will take you around the island. Just disregard their information about filming locations, as most of it is fabricated and incorrect. In one scene, Kelly can be seen standing near the water in this area skeet shooting.
Kelly gets into an altercation with Suzie Toller, played by Campbell, at the pool. The two then proceed to have sex in the pool while Sergeant Ray Duquette, played by Kevin Bacon, secretly videotapes them.
Sam is accused of rape and stands on trial at the Dade County Courthouse. The building was also seen in the 1981 Sydney Pollack film “Absence of Malice” and the 1995 action film “Bad Boys.”
The 2021 James Wan horror film “Malignant” is set in Seattle, Washington. While some scenes did shoot there, a good portion of the film was shot in Southern California. Madison, played by Annabelle Wallis, lives in this home, which can be found in Pasadena.
LOCATION: 510 Lockehaven St, Pasadena, CA 91105
As is the case with most films set in Seattle, the famous Space Needle appears in an establishing shot of the city.
LOCATION: 400 Broad St, Seattle, WA 98109
Dr. Florence Weaver, played by Jacqueline McKenzie, lives at this home, located in Altadena.
LOCATION: 1686 Homewood Dr, Altadena, CA 91001
The exterior of the police station can be found in Downtown Los Angeles. The same building can be seen in the film “Velvet Buzzsaw.”
LOCATION: 1200 S Hope St, Los Angeles, CA 90015
Madison has visions of a murder and leads police to the “Silvercup” Apartments sign. The sign was a visual effect added by the production and does not exist at the real building.
LOCATION: 841 S Serrano Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90005
The crime scene is one building over to the left.
LOCATION: 855 S Serrano Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90005
The Pike Place Public Market Center makes a brief appearance as Madison drives with her sister Sydney, played by Maddie Hasson.
LOCATION: Pike St / 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98101
Madison has visions of another murder at this building in Downtown L.A.
The 1983 Adrian Lyne drama “Flashdance” tells the story of an aspiring dancer in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The film itself split production between Pittsburgh and Los Angeles, California. Alex Owens, played by Jennifer Beals, works at Mawby’s Bar. The location has since been remodeled, but can be found in Downtown Los Angeles near Skid Row. The 1985 sequel “Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment” also filmed at the same location.
LOCATION: 229 Boyd St, Los Angeles, CA 90013
Alex backs out of a dance audition at the famed Carnegie Museum & Library in Pittsburgh. The same building appears in the films “The Silence Of The Lambs” and “Pretty Woman,” with the latter using actual footage from this film.
LOCATION: 4400 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Hanna Long, played by Lilia Skala, lives at this home, also located in Pittsburgh.
LOCATION: 2100 Sidney St, Pittsburgh, PA 15203
The exterior of the Zanzibar strip club location can be found in Downtown Los Angeles. It is actually part of the property of the infamous Cecil Hotel. The interior was located at 365 N La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048.
LOCATION: 640 S Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90014
Nick Hurley, played by Michael Nouri, lives in this home, located in the Hancock Park neighborhood of Los Angeles.
The famous final audition sequence was shot inside the Bob Hope Patriotic Hall in Downtown L.A. The building has been featured in numerous films, including “Inspector Gadget,” “Back To School,” “Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story,” “Stand And Deliver” and more.
LOCATION: 1816 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90015
The 2006 romantic comedy “The Holiday,” tells the story of two women, one from England, the other from Los Angeles, who decide to swap homes for a two week holiday. Production likewise took place around England and Los Angeles. Amanda, played by Cameron Diaz, owns this home, located in San Marino. Iris, played by Kate Winslet, takes residence here while on holiday.
LOCATION: 1883 Orlando Rd, San Marino, CA 91108
The cottage where Iris lives was a set built on an empty field in England, which was demolished after filming.
The 2016 thriller “A Kind of Murder,” starring Patrick Wilson and Jessica Biel, is set in New York, but actually filmed in Southern Ohio and Kentucky. In the film, Walter and Clara Stackhouse, played by Wilson and Biel, live in this home which is located in Cincinnati.
The 1992 thriller “Unlawful Entry,” starring Kurt Russell, Ray Liotta and Madeleine Stowe, was filmed in Southern California. The house where Michael and Karen Carr, played by Russell and Stowe, live can be found near the Hancock Park neighborhood.
LOCATION: 546 Wilcox Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90004
Unfortunately, trees now obscure part of the front of the home.
Michael’s club is The Mayan, a popular music venue in Downtown L.A.
LOCATION: 1038 S Hill St, Los Angeles, CA 90015
The police station can also be found in Downtown L.A. The building has been featured in countless films and television series, including “Beverly Hills Cop,” “Beverly Hills Cop II,” “Divergent,” “The Muppets,” “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” “License To Drive,” “Wrath Of Man,” “The Negotiator,” “Inspector Gadget,” “Child’s Play 2” and dozens more.
The 2019 Steven Soderbergh film “The Laundromat,” which tells the story about the Panama Papers scandal, was filmed in numerous locations, including Las Vegas, Los Angeles and the Florida Keys. After a boat capsizes, Ellen Martin, played by Meryl Streep, finds she is unable to get compensation from the accident, as the insurance company has been bought out by a mysterious company in Nevis, a small island in the Caribbean Sea.
When Ellen’s attempts to contact the Nevis-based company are unsuccessful, she travels there to confront manager Malchus Boncamper, played by Jeffrey Wright. These scenes were actually filmed in Key West, Florida. The area is first seen in a dream sequence as Ellen crosses this street.
LOCATION: 109 Fitzpatrick St, Key West, FL 33040
As Ellen approaches the area, named Hunkins Waterfront Plaza in the film and Kino Plaza in reality, it becomes a CGI composite of a couple different locations. We first see this strip of the actual plaza.
As the camera continues to pan over, a massive building is shown. This is actually the Sunkist Headquarters building in Sherman Oaks, California. The building has been featured in several films, such as 2004’s “Paparazzi” and 2017’s “The Hero.” It has also been seen in such TV series as “Too Old To Die Young,” “Alias,” “Knight Rider” and more.
LOCATION: 14130 Riverside Dr, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
Back at Kino Plaza in Key West, the scene plays again, this time no longer a dream as Ellen approaches the plaza. However, it is again modified, this time with a facade set built over part of the plaza. Here is what the area actually looks like without the facade.
Ellen bumps into Malchus, not knowing who he is, and asks questions about his firm’s location. Malchus lies to her and walks away. This area is mostly the same, but the wall is depicted with dozens of PO boxes lining a brick facade. Here is how it actually appears.
The view of the plaza as Ellen and Malchus speak is relatively unchanged.
Jürgen Mossack, played by Gary Oldman, becomes concerned when he hears one of his clients has been arrested. The film then cuts to a scene in Mexico with Will Forte and Chris Parnell, credited as Doomed Gringo #1 and #2, drinking at a bar. These scenes were filmed at the Melody Ranch Studio Backlot in Santa Clarita, California, also commonly known as the Veluzat Movie Ranch. The ranch, which is available for tours, has been featured in countless films, such as “3 From Hell,” “Dante’s Peak,” “Friday The 13th Part III,” “Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter,” “Last Man Standing,” “Chaplin,” and many more. It was also featured in the TV show “Westworld” as the Mexican town of “Las Mudas.”
LOCATION: Melody Ranch Studio Backlot (a.k.a. Veluzat Movie Ranch), Forest Rte 5N28, Santa Clarita, CA 91390 (GPS coordinates: 34°29’03.5″N 118°30’25.1″W)
The interior of the bar the men drink at is the same building seen in the above shot, on the right side.
Forte’s character makes the mistake of going to what he thinks is the bathroom, but turns out to be a private office space of some criminals in the middle of business.
Jürgen and Ramón Fonseca, played by Antonio Banderas, speak to the camera about privacy and secrecy while shopping at Fields Market in Canoga Park, California. The store is a staple of film and television, appearing in such films as “Bird Box,” “Lady Bird,” “Matchstick Men” and “Birds Of Prey: And The Fantabulous Emancipation Of One Harley Quinn,” as well as such television shows as “Desperate Housewives,” “American Horror Story” and dozens more. It has also been seen in countless commercials and music videos.
LOCATION: 23221 Saticoy St, Canoga Park, CA 91304
Gu Kailai, played by Rosalind Chao, tells a story of a Chinese police chief targeting a Falun Gong temple, where people engage in a spiritual practice deemed illegal. The temple is supposedly located in China, but was actually filmed at the Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, California.
LOCATION: 1151 Oxford Rd, San Marino, CA 91108
The Huntington Library is a very popular filming location, with hundreds of productions shot around the vast, kaleidoscopic grounds. We can’t name them all, but “Mank,” “Memoirs of a Geisha” and “A Cinderella Story” are just a few among them.