These Classic Cult Movies Were Filmed in L.A.'s Backyard

These Classic Cult Movies Were Filmed in L.A.'s Backyard

The great thing about a cult movie is that it can be anything as long as the fans are there. It can be a low-budget horror film, a teen comedy, a nightmarish experimental movie, or even a studio film that found a second life on home video. It can be good, so bad that it’s good, or so bad that it’s bad. If the result is bringing groups of people together, then who cares?

Likewise, filming locations for some of our favorite cult movies vary greatly. Sometimes they’re architectural marvels, and other times they’re just street corners that were good enough… and free. However, in either case, the scenes shot at these places are equally memorable to fans.

So get your friends together at midnight, dress up like your favorite characters, and take your movie obsessions to the streets because here are some of L.A.’s well-known (and unknown) cult movie locations.


Please keep in mind that some of these locations are residences or are on private property. Do not trespass or disturb the owners. Special thanks to the Location Managers Guild of America, AFI’s Louis B. Mayer Library, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science’s Margaret Herrick Library for their assistance.  All photos by Jared Cowan. Follow him on Twitter at @JaredCowan1.


The great thing about a cult movie is that it can be anything as long as the fans are there. It can be a low-budget horror film, a teen comedy, a nightmarish experimental movie, or even a studio film that found a second life on home video. It can be good, so bad that it’s good, or so bad that it’s bad. If the result is bringing groups of people together, then who cares?

Likewise, filming locations for some of our favorite cult movies vary greatly. Sometimes they’re architectural marvels, and other times they’re just street corners that were good enough… and free. However, in either case, the scenes shot at these places are equally memorable to fans.

So get your friends together at midnight, dress up like your favorite characters, and take your movie obsessions to the streets because here are some of L.A.’s well-known (and unknown) cult movie locations.

Please keep in mind that some of these locations are residences or are on private property. Do not trespass or disturb the owners. Special thanks to the Location Managers Guild of America, AFI’s Louis B. Mayer Library, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science’s Margaret Herrick Library for their assistance.  All photos by Jared Cowan. Follow him on Twitter at @JaredCowan1.

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