The Mist (2007)

The 2007 Frank Darabont film “The Mist,” based on the 1980 novella by Stephen King, was filmed around Shreveport, Louisiana. The home of David Drayton, played by Thomas Jane, can be found at Cross Lake in Shreveport. The home sits a bit far back from the main road, with a gate out front. However, you can in fact see the home from the street, but your view might be a bit obscured by trees.

LOCATION: 3500 Rue De Lac St, Shreveport, LA 71107

After a storm hits at the beginning of the film, David and his family survey the damage in the back yard.

The supermarket where much of the film takes place can be found about 30 minutes north of Shreveport in the town of Vivian. Only the exteriors were filmed here, the interiors were a set, built at StageWorks of Louisiana (400 Clyde Fant Pkwy, Shreveport, LA 71101).

LOCATION: 212 N Pine St, Vivian, LA 71082

The supermarket has remained vacant for years, with rumors of demolition, but for now it remains standing.

LOCATION: 212 N Pine St, Vivian, LA 71082

The pharmacy exterior was a facade built for the film. It was located in the parking lot of the supermarket, in this area. It was removed at the end of filming.

LOCATION: GPS coordinates: 32°52’26.3″N 93°59’07.0″W

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Into The Wild (2007)

The 2007 Sean Penn film “Into The Wild,” which was based on true events, filmed across quite a few locations, including Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Nevada, Georgia, South Dakota, Mexico, California and Alaska.

Tracy, played by Kristen Stewart, invites Chris McCandless, living under the alias of Alexander Supertramp and played by Emile Hirsch, to take a walk over to Salvation Mountain. Salvation Mountain is a hillside sculpture created by Leonard Knight in Calipartia, Californa. It is located near Slab City and not far from the Salton Sea. Despite appearing quite remote in the film, Salvation Mountain is actually not far from nearby towns, such as Niland.

LOCATION: Salvation Mountain, Beal Rd, Calipatria, CA 92233

Leonard Knight appears as himself in the film, giving the characters a guided tour through his creation. Leonard unfortunately passed away in 2014.

Originally built in 1984, the initial attempt at the project collapsed in 1989. Knight, however, rebuilt the sculpture with more sturdy materials and it remains standing to this day.

After Leonard’s passing, a public charity was established to preserve and maintain the site.

The “magic bus” seen in the film is not the actual bus Chris McCandless stayed in. It was also not filmed at the real location in Alaska, both out of respect for the family, as well as the major logistical issues of filming at the real site. Instead, a set was built about 50 miles south of the real bus, in the town of Cantwell, Alaska, with all traces of the set since removed. However, the replica bus featured in the film can be found at the 49th State Brewing Company in Healy, Alaska (248 Parks Hwy 5 mile, Healy, AK 99743).

In spite of the film’s use of an alternate site, many hikers still made the trek out to the real “magic bus” location, located on the Stampede Trail. The real site presents many dangers, much like those that McCandless encountered. After numerous cases of visitors needing rescued, with some even losing their lives, the bus was extracted by helicopter on June 19, 2020, due to public safety concerns. Officials stated the real bus may be put on display at a safe location someday in the future.