Most of us have probably at some point wanted to explore the universe we saw in a movie or TV show in real life. Sometimes it seems like the characters live in alternate realities and those filming locations don’t exist in our world. Of course, with the help of special effects and editing, some locations look nothing like real life. However, places that are always seem magical when you see them with your own eyes.
Let us introduce you to Paul Slattery (or Paul S.), the man who revealed what homes, buildings, parks and streets look like today in popular movies and TV shows. He satisfies the curiosity of all cinephiles by making incredible compilations of filming locations from yesterday and today.
If you’re wondering where each photo was taken, the addresses for each location are listed on Paul’s website.
bored panda contacted Paul to find out more about his hobby. Paul came across as a big movie nerd and it’s impossible not to notice that when looking at these comparison photos. The man revealed that since he was a young child he loved movies and horror films in particular.
“I always thought how fascinating it would be if I could one day visit the places where they happened, the exact places I’ve seen on TV countless times. So in 2001, while driving from Kentucky to California, I decided to take a detour by driving through Texas and track down a location from one of my favorite movies, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. I will never forget and was well worth the 200 mile detour. It was around 2009 that I started visiting filming locations more frequently. As for the “Now” images, they are all mine. I’ve personally traveled to each of the locations I’ve posted a comparison photo in. I’d say I’ve actually visited over 1000 locations.”
Paul continued, “I launched my website in 2011, but with new social media platforms constantly becoming available, you’re always looking for new ways to showcase what you do to more people who might have same interests. My friend Gina actually suggested I should create an Instagram account and she helped me get it started.”
Paul started visiting film locations because it was something that had always intrigued him. “How nice would it be to be standing in the exact same spot of one of your favorite scenes from one of your favorite movies that you’ve seen on screen countless times? And since I couldn’t be there when it was shot, I thought it was the best thing to do.”
When Paul started documenting the places he visited on his website, it was mainly for the purpose of storing them and being able to consult them, like an album. The man never started publishing with the intention of becoming famous or gaining mass recognition. “Almost everyone collects something, whether it’s baseball cards, comic books, vinyl records, etc. I collect filming locations and for me, it’s all about memorabilia. As it’s not a physical possession, documenting all the places I have visited and looking at them whenever I feel the need allows me to instantly remember that particular time I was there and the experience I had I like to say that I collect memories, not things.
They say you never forget your first and for Paul the most memorable place he visited was the main location of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) where the majority of the film was shot, in Round Rock, Texas.
“To this day, it’s still my favorite place I’ve visited, for a multitude of reasons. The fact that it was one of my favorite movies was definitely a huge factor. But also the fact that I visited in 2001 (only a few years after the house had been moved) and the area was still very similar to how it was seen in the movie. At the time there weren’t many sources online yet showing where movies or TV shows had been filmed.