4 Port Royal from Pirates of the Caribbean
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Pirates of the Caribbean's portrayal of infamous Jamaican pirate town Port Royal was pretty impressive considering that the movie was made after the 17th century. Which is to say that the historical town -- where the first third of The Curse of the Black Pearl takes place -- doesn't exist in real life anymore, having been all but wiped out by centuries of earthquakes. But instead of just shooting on a soundstage or in front of a green screen, Disney actually decided to spend millions recreating colonial-era Port Royal in Wallilabou Bay on the island of St. Vincent.
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Then they recreated the town's residents all Jurassic Park-style.
However, once filming was done, there was a question of what to do with all these elaborate sets. It was then that Wallilabou Bay volunteered to take over the sets and rake in millions of tourist dollars, because that's just the kind of selfless guys they are.
"And if you've got any extra Keira Knightleys, we can be sure to give them a good home."
Although it's been hit pretty hard by various hurricanes over the years, St. Vincent residents have done an admirable job of maintaining their Port Faux-yal. They even converted one of the sets into a working tavern, where presumably you can get drunk on watered-down rum and tell the bartender that public intoxication laws are more what you'd call guidelines, because he surely hasn't heard that joke a million times before.
"Oh, you said, 'Why is the rum gone?' Just like he did in the movie. Hilarious."
To get the full pirate experience, though, you'll have to get in the water, where you can paddle around the iconic galleys seen in the film and sail up to the dock where Captain Jack proudly arrived atop the wreckage of his sinking ship. Even the mast he stood on is on display, among other props and photos taken during the filming. The whole town is a treasure trove of neat relics from the movie, including fortifications, boardwalks, and an array of fiberglass props that bafflingly turned out to be a bigger tourist draw than the fact that St. Vincent is a bona fide Caribbean paradise full of mesmerizing fauna and flora.
"Fuck that! Check out these plastic cannons!"
3 The Town of Spectre from Big Fish
The 2003 Tim Burton movie Big Fish is kind of hard to summarize, but in a nutshell, it's a tale about the importance of storytelling, and other than a werewolf Danny DeVito, its most memorable element was probably the hidden town of Spectre.
Yup. Everyone here definitely listens to Pat Boone.
Spectre was a weird, magical place: a tiny utopia frozen in time where people walked barefoot, a poetic allegory for life and personal growth or something like that. But anyone can sit around and debate the true meaning behind Spectre. If you really want to crack that particular Burton nut, you should probably just head on over to Alabama, where the Spectre set stands to this day.
Yup. Everyone here definitely listens to Insane Clown Posse.
Yikes. This looks more like the dilapidated ruins of Spectre that Ewan McGregor visits near the end of the movie. What the hell happened here? Sadly, the boring answer is that precisely nothing happened here. After Burton was done with the set, it was left there at the mercy of Mother Nature, but if you ask really nicely and maybe offer some sexual favors, you can walk in and explore this depressing carcass of a movie whose main message was all about hope. The first thing you'll see are the poles that held the clothesline where the Spectre residents' shoes were hung as cinematic shorthand for whimsy. Most of the buildings are facades -- empty shells built to look like homes and businesses from the outside -- but a few notable exceptions include Jenny's house, where some of the film's most emotional moments took place.
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You'll still get emotional looking at Jenny's aged, decrepit corpse.
And if that won't sufficiently ruin the movie for you, you can always walk around and admire all the battered Styrofoam trees, because, yup, they even faked parts of the fucking forest.