3 From Hell (2019)

Rob Zombie’s “3 From Hell,” the follow up to “The Devil’s Rejects” and “House of 1,000 Corpses,” was filmed entirely in Southern California.  Some minor spoilers are contained in this article.

Prison scenes were filmed at the Sybil Brand Institute, a former women’s prison in Los Angeles. It was here that Manson Family member Susan Atkins confessed to a cell mate named Virginia Graham about the Tate Murders. Graham in turn shared what Atkins had told her, which eventually helped lead to the capture of Charles Manson. The prison shut down in 1997, but today the grounds are still owned by the Los Angeles sherrif’s office, where it’s used by warehouse companies and for filming purposes.  Another film featuring Sid Haig, 1997’s “Jackie Brown” also filmed at this location. Here is the front of the former prison, although it is never seen from this angle in the film.

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LOCATION: 4500 City Terrace Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90063

Much of the film is set in the town of Durango, Mexico.  These scenes were actually filmed on the Melody Ranch Studio Backlot in Santa Clarita, California.

Many people know the lot as the Veluzat Movie Ranch and it is still commonly referred to by that name.  However, the ranch has since changed its name to the Melody Ranch Studio Backlot.  If you make it to the ranch in person, you’ll see a sign at the gates, referring to it as the Melody Ranch Studio Backlot.  The lot is owned by the Veluzats, who also own Melody Ranch in Newhall, California.  To make matters more confusing, right next to the Veluzat Backlot in Santa Clarita sits the Diamond V Movie Ranch.  This is owned by other members of the Velutats, but not the same ones as those who own Melody Ranch and the Melody Backlot (a.k.a. Veluzat Movie Ranch).  People often mistake Diamond V and Veluzat Ranch as being one in the same, but they are two separate properties with different ownership.

While perhaps not quite as well known as Melody Ranch in Newhall, the Melody Backlot is actually larger.  To get to the ranch, you make a turn from Copper Hill Drive.  There is a very unassuming dirt road there (GPS coordinates: 34°27’36.5″N 118°30’32.0″W).  You would never guess from that road what lies at the end of that dirt road, but if you follow the long dirt road, you’ll sure enough arrive at the ranches.  However, a locked fence is at the entrance and you can proceed no further without permission of the owners.  The good news, however, is that the ranch is available for public tours.  You must book by appointment only and if productions are in active progress, that may inhibit their availability, but the Melody Ranch owners are very generous in that they offer tours at all, because most movie ranches do not.

The main attraction of the ranch is the full scale Mexican town set, which is of course featured prominently in this film.  There are a few other sets there as well.  The ranch was also featured in Zombie’s “House of 1,000 Corpses,” as well as such films as “Dante’s Peak,” Friday the 13th: Part III,” “Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter,” “Last Man Standing,” “Chaplin” and many more.  Most recently, it was featured in the TV show “Westworld” as the Mexican town of “Las Mudas.”

Here is the establishing shot of the town square.

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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 “three from hell “look down on the town from this hilltop before entering.

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They make their way down into the town through these gates.

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Here is another view of the hill they drive down entering the town.

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They then pass through this arched gate toward the main town square.

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Baby, played by Sheri Moon Zombie, sees company approaching near the Estrella del Motel.

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Baby and Winslow Foxworth Coltrane, played by Richard Brake, sit on this fountain.

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Otis Driftwood, played by Bill Moseley, emerges from this church for a showdown.

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Halloween II (2009)

For Rob Zombie’s 2009 sequel, “Halloween II,” various towns in Georgia were used as a composite for the fictional town of Haddonfield, Illinois.  The opening scenes of the film, however, used footage from the first film for Smith’s Grove Sanitarium.  The location is a Veteran’s Hospital in North Hills, California.  There are quite a number of buildings on site and it can be tricky finding the exact spot used in the film. To locate it, you must first turn onto Puller Rd.  Each building has a large number on it.  A bit down Puller Rd, you’ll see the building from the film, which is building 4.  It can be easily identified by the long wall surrounding the yard in front of it.

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LOCATION: 16111 Plummer St, North Hills, CA 91343

The story picks up moments after the first film, even though the two productions took place far across the country from one another.  Laurie walks the streets of the town square of Covington, Georgia, which has been seen in dozens of productions, such as “Cannonball Run,” “The Dukes of Hazzard,” “The Vampire Diaries” and many more.  This shot is from Covington Square, looking toward the courthouse.

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LOCATION: 2101 Washington St SW, Covington, GA 30014

The Myers house can also be found in Covington, not far from the town square.

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LOCATION: 2166 Conyers St SE, Covington, GA 30014

Sheriff Brackett’s house can be found over in Newborn, Georgia.  The house sits far back from the road.

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LOCATION: 1981 Broughton Rd, Newborn, GA 30056

Back in Covington, Laurie come across a new book by Dr. Loomis at a local bookstore.

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LOCATION: 1113 Floyd St NE, Covington, GA 30014

The Haddonfield Police Department is actually a courthouse, located in Madison, Georgia.

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LOCATION: Morgan County Court House, Madison, GA 30650 (at the corner of Hancock St / Jefferson St)

Last, but not least, we leave you with Rob Zombie’s star paver, located in Covington, Georgia.  Sometimes referred to as the “Hollywood of the South,” Covington began their own walk of fame, lining the sidewalks with engraved pavers noting the many stars and productions that have graced the town.

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Related articles: Halloween (2007), The Devil’s Rejects (2005)

The Devil’s Rejects (2005)

Like most of Rob Zombie’s films, “The Devil’s Rejects,” which is arguably his finest, shot around Southern California.  The opening standoff at the Firefly house was shot at Sable Ranch in Santa Clarita, California.  Unfortunately, the ranch is not open to the public.  Quite a number of buildings at Sable Ranch were lost, due to a wildfire in 2016.  The Firefly house, however, was one of the buildings which survived the fires.  In case you’re wondering, the Firefly house is not very visible from the road, if you were to drive up to the ranch entrance.

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LOCATION: 25933 Sand Canyon Rd, Santa Clarita, CA 91387

On the run, Baby, played by Rob Zombie’s wife, Sheri Moon Zombie, makes a phone call to Captain Spaulding from this gas station.  It’s never seen in a wide shot in the film, which is why it may not look immediately recognizable.  The gas station is located right beside the motel location seen later in the film.

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LOCATION: 42848 150th St, Lancaster, CA 93535

Otis and Baby make their way to the “Kahiki Palms Motel,” where some unsuspecting guests have the unfortunate luck of crossing their paths.  The real location is the Club Ed movie set, out in Lancaster, California, in an area of mostly desert terrain.  The building is not an actual running business and is used strictly for filming purposes today.  This too is private property and closed to the public.  However, unlike Sable Ranch, these locations can be seen quite easily from the road.

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LOCATION: 42848 150th St, Lancaster, CA 93535

Another angle of the motel, including the rooms to the left, where many scenes with the hotel guests were shot.  Club Ed has been in many films, including “Nothing To Lose,” “Rubber” and “Eye of the Storm.”

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Related articles: 3 From Hell (2019), Halloween (2007), Halloween II (2009)