Geek Trivia: 1980s Cult Classic Film Escape From New York Was Actually Filmed Primarily In?

Geek Trivia

The classic cult film of the 80s Escape from New York was filmed mainly in

What letter does not appear on the periodic table?


  Kurt Russell with a gun and an eye patch like Snake
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Answer: St. Louis

Despite the film's title, Escape from New York wasn Not filmed in New York City. In fact, the film was filmed almost completely in the city of St. Louis for reasons that, when viewed through the lens of the present, are not immediately clear.

Not only was a financial and logistical nightmare filmed in New York City, St. Louis had a bit of brave realism that was pro bono for director John Carpenter and the crew of the set. A huge fire in 1976 had severely damaged parts of the city; While that disaster was a tragedy for the citizens of St. Louis, it gave those sections of the city the exact type of emptiness and wear that Carpenter was looking for to create his vision of New York City turned into prison. The combination of already sandy sets and a flexible shooting schedule made St. Louis a natural backdrop for the cult classic.

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