As we've previously discussed, the places where your favorite movies and TV shows were filmed can have more interesting histories and darker secrets than anything you ever saw on screen (this goes double if you're watching a Johnny Depp movie, since "Johnny Depp shot a movie here" already counts as a dark secret). In fact, even some dumb ol' blockbusters have potentially Oscar-worthy tales hidden in the scenery -- and, unlike most "based on a true story" movies and shows, these are completely true. So, let's take another look, shall we?
7Game Of Thrones -- King's Landing Was The Site Of A Horrific War Crime In The '90s
Game Of Thrones is the most popular show on television that gets people simultaneously aroused and interested in the complexities of politics (the second-most popular being House Of Cards). That said, it does have another thing going for it: wholesale slaughter. Which is fitting, considering that it's largely filmed in the place where this went down:
Not a still from the show; this is the location 25 years (or five books) ago.
Although it's yet to make an appearance on the most-depressing "Only '90s Kids Will Remember This" nostalgisticle, the Siege of Dubrovnik was a hideous footnote in the messy divorce been Croatia and Yugoslavia, which resulted in several war crimes charges against some of the military leaders involved. In 1991, the city was surrounded by artillery situated on the overlooking foothills and shelled for three whole months. By some miracle, "only" less than a hundred civilians were killed during the ordeal, although the bombardment blew significant parts of the city back to the Middle Ages -- making it the perfect setting for the escapades of the Stark family and the gang.
Next time you're watching the show, look out for these locations. Firstly, there's Pile Harbor, site of the epic Battle of the Blackwater, where the waters were set alight thanks to the sheer volume of fuel from its destroyed boats.
HBO, Pavo Urban
Setting fire to the water does sound like some George R.R. Martin shit.
The streets where Cersei walks from the Great Sept of Baelor to the Red Keep? (Don't lie. You've still got the scene on your DVR.) They were shelled into oblivion.
Then there's the arena where the infamous duel between Gregor Clegane and Oberyn Martell takes place. In a past life, that was the waterfront seating area of a now-destroyed, still-abandoned hotel.
This explains why they got such poor WiFi.
Even Trsteno Arboretum, the gardens that the show's characters are apparently unable to visit without conspiring to kill somebody, were originally burned almost to the ground by gunboats and looted.
Oddly enough, the city's ancient walls stood up to the constant artillery better than many of the modern fortifications. Chances are, however, they won't be looking too good after Season 7: Dragonpocalypse.
6Jurassic World -- Filmed In A Derelict Post-Katrina New Orleans Theme Park
Jurassic World is the tale of what happens when Mother Nature decides to drop in on your lovely family day out and break shit up in the most horrific way possible, leaving you with nothing to do but run and hide. Oddly enough, that's also the story behind the abandoned flood-damaged theme park where the movie was filmed, although there's still no word on whether its owners were dumb enough to rebuild three goddamn times after a series of progressively-worse disasters.
In order to capture the atmosphere of a doomed theme park, the makers of Jurassic World elected to film in the remnants of Six Flags, New Orleans. After the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, the park never reopened, because ... um, well ...
But, since the visitors to Jurassic World weren't coming for the roller coasters, the filmmakers couldn't film in the midst of the park and instead elected to build a massive sound stage on the outskirts to simulate the park's streets -- as you might remember from the scene where some people become prehistoric-bird food.
Universal Studios, Seph Lawless via NY Daily News
In this universe, Kanye accuses George Bush of not caring about black pteranodon victims.
Besides providing suitable ambiance, the park's location meant that no one would be able to sneak a peek at the sets -- they could probably have gotten away with putting real dinosaurs in there. It was the perfect shooting location ... you know, if it wasn't for all the real nature that tried to interrupt their film. For protection from the area's population of wild pigs, alligators, and snakes, the crew had to have a team of animal experts around just to make sure that things didn't get too real. We're assuming the team included at least one chaos theorist to wax philosophical and remove his shirt.
Speaking of things getting too real, it's a shame that the movie didn't make use of one of the park's old rides.