Sophie Weiner via Hopes&Fears:
What most scares us is the unknown, which is why so many horror films feature small, anonymous towns, abandoned houses in the woods, and foggy cemeteries at night. Cities, on the other hand, feel ordered, controlled, full of familiar locations and sensible designs. Yet some of the most famous and successful horror films have been shot in cities, and those locations often become a character in their own right. Think of the backdrop Florence provides for 2001’s Hannibal, or Washington, DC’s architecture in The Exorcist. On the week of Halloween, we rounded up the highest grossing films shot in cities around the world.
The majority of blockbuster films are shot in multiple locations. For this list, we tried to pick films for each city that had a significant portion of the film shot in that city. For example, we didn’t list Jaws, one of the most successful horror films of all time (grossing $470,653,000) as shot in Los Angeles; it was shot in Martha’s Vineyard, in Massachusetts though a scene involving a severed head was reshot in a movie executive’s LA pool.… Read the rest