A Virtual Tour Of Famous Movie Sets Across North Carolina
Have you ever wanted to walk through a Hollywood set? Explore the Hunger Games, check out Iron Man’s destruction, or wander through the magical romance of Nights In Rodanthe?
With its stunning geographical features, ranging from the mountains to the sea, North Carolina is a popular location for movies. Allow us to take you through a virtual tour of some of the more famous films recorded here in our home state.
In recent years Wilmington has become known as “Hollywood East.” Three movies filmed there reached the top of the box office in 2013.
Iron Man 3 was filmed primarily at Wilmington’s Screen Gem Studios, with some scenes shot at Cary’s Epic Games and SAS Institute. With Robert Downey, Jr. and Don Cheadle starring, local Facebook and Twitter accounts lit up with pictures of hopeful residents driving by to get a peek.
Safe Haven was based on the romantic novel by Carolina author Nicholas Sparks. The NC town of Southport was featured heavily in the movie, and many local businesses reaped the rewards of that exposure. The film’s stars are Josh Duhamel and Julianne Hough, as a young woman with a mysterious past. The film adaptation of Nights in Rodanthe, another of Sparks’ novels, was set in the Outer Banks and makes a great vacation spot.
The Conjuring is a horror movie directed by James Wan, also known for Saw and Insidious. The film features a pair of paranormal investigators who look into a series of hauntings in a family’s Rhode Island farmhouse.
However, the movie was shot in and around Wilmington, which is incidentally also known for its haunted tours and spooky side streets.
Our mountains and Piedmont have their own star-studded history. Through the years, the state has served as the location for several other horror and suspense films, including a zombie attack in Black Mountain in 28 Days, and I Know What You Did Last Summer, filmed in Southport and Durham.
The 2001 release Hannibal, the sequel to The Silence of The Lambs, was filmed in part at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville. The prequel to these two movies is the 1986 film Manhunter; some scenes were filmed at a house near the Cape Fear River.
The Crow, based on a graphic novel and one of the most popular movies in the genre, was also shot in Wilmington. Tragically, star Brandon Lee died from an accidental gunshot during filming.
And, of course, we can’t forget The Hunger Games. The set is an explorable part of the North Carolina mountains, but it’s much safer than it’s portrayed in the movies–we hope.
Over 800 feature films have been shot in our state since 1980, according to visitnc.com. Notable titles include The Color Purple, Dirty Dancing, Days of Thunder, Blue Velvet, Patch Adams, The Green Mile, The Fugitive, and We’re The Millers.