It may be hard to believe, but there was a time when movies were actually shot in real-life locations and not digitally-rendered on a green screen. In fact, if you were to just look at the the current state of sets from famous movies, you might actually think they were made a long time before they actually were. Here’s 18 fascinating photos taken of abandoned movie sets.
Iron Man (2008)
Looks like Tony Stark really did a number on these guys after escaping from this cave in Afghanistan.
Lone Star (1996)
Just an aging relic from the pre-McConaissance era of Television and Film.
Schindler’s List (1993)
This was back when Liam Neeson actually played real roles and not just “Middle aged man going on killing spree.”
Bates Motel (TV Series, 2013)
A house where a guy kills his mother and leaves her corpse in the window looks creepy when nobody’s around? Hard to believe.
Lord of the Rings (2001)
The Shire’s a little different with no Hobbits running around with their weirdly disproportionate feet.
End of Days (1999)
This set certainly looks like it’s gone through an apocalypse, if not the Apocalypse.
Field of Dreams (1989)
“If you build it, they will come” — but not in droves 26 years after the movie’s release.
Looks like this town could use a little extra spinach to improve it’s looks.
Asterix and Obelix (1968)
Even the pyramids are in better shape than this set.
The Titanic set is probably in a worse state of disrepair.
Why was there a diner in the middle of nowhere in the first place?
Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
If the Navy Seals had actually made this movie, there wouldn’t be a set left over after filming ended. Never leave a trace.
Big Fish (2003)
No picture could be found of the eponymous fish from the title.
Anna and the King (1999)
Never saw the movie, but this seems like a cool tropical vacation spot.
The Fugitive (1993)
In retrospect, trying to crash a train on top of a ravine isn’t the best prison escape plan ever devised.
Remember when super hero movies weren’t just all CGI with a few cutaways to Robert Downey Jr.’s face?
Star Wars (1977)
Looks like Luke was too busy helping the Rebel Alliance to tidy up around the house.
The Lego Movie (2014)
“But Mom, I don’t want to clean up my multi-million dollar animated production!”