Bronson Canyon and Caves, Los Angeles, California – film location

 

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Bronson Canyon, or Bronson Caves, is a section of Griffith Park in Los Angeles, California that has become famous as a filming location for a large number of movies and TV shows, especially westerns, horror and science fiction, from the early days of motion pictures to the present.

A craggy and remote-looking setting, yet easily accessible location, has made it a prime choice for filmmakers, particularly of low-budget films, who want to place scenes in a lonely wilderness. Many of Roger Corman’s productions utilised the canyon location.

In 1903, the Union Rock Company founded a quarry, originally named Brush Canyon. The quarry ceased operation in the late 1920s, leaving the caves behind. The caves became known as the Bronson Caves after a nearby street, giving the area its more popular name of Bronson Canyon.

Scenes of the main cave entrance are normally filmed in a manner that shows the entrance at an angle. This is because the cave is actually a very short tunnel through the hill, with the rear opening easily visible in a direct shot. The most well-known appearance of the tunnel is probably as the entrance to the Batcave in the 1960s Batman television series.

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Selected list of films that used Bronson Canyon as a location:

White Zombie (1932)

The Vampire Bat (1933)

The Monster and the Ape (1945 serial)

Superman (1948 serial)

Unknown World (1951)

Robot Monster (1953)

The Snow Creature (1954)

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Killers from Space (1954)

King Dinosaur (1955)

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The Day the World Ended (1955)

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)

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Man Beast (1956)

It Conquered the World (1956)

Night of the Blood Beast (1957)

The Brain from Planet Arous (1957)

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Attack of the Crab Monsters (1957)

I Was a Teenage Werewolf (1957)

The Cyclops (1957)

Teenagers from Outer Space (1957, released 1959)

She Demons (1958)

I Married a Monster from Outer Space (1958)

Earth vs. the Spider (1958)

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Monster from Green Hell (1958)

The Bride and the Beast (1958)

The Return of Dracula (1958)

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Teenage Caveman (1958)

Monster from Green Hell (1958)

Invisible Invaders (1959)

The Cosmic Man (1959)

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The Cape Canaveral Monsters (1960)

Eegah (1962)

Invasion of the Star Creatures (1962)

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They Saved Hitler’s Brain (Madmen of Mandoras) (1963)

The Human Duplicators (1965)

The Mighty Gorga (1969)

Dracula, The Dirty Old Man (1969)

Equinox (1970)

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Octaman (1971)

Help Me… I’m Possessed (1974)

Deathsport (1978)

Don’t Go Near the Park (1979)

The Return (1980)

Screamers (1981 – additional New World footage added to 1979 Italian movie Isle of the Fishmen)

Metalstorm: The Destruction of Jared-Syn (1983)

Dreamscape (1984)

The Hills Have Eyes Part II (1984)

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Demonwarp (1988)

The Nest (1988)

The Phantom Empire (1988)

Lobster Man from Mars (1989)

Shadowzone (1989)

Army of Darkness (1992)

Screamers (1995)

The Wasp Woman (1995)

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Filming The Wasp Woman (1995)

Sometimes They Come Back… Again (1996)

The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra (2001)

Cabin Fever (2002)

Fangs (2002)

The Scorpion King (2002)

Tremors 4: The Legend Begins (2004)

Vampire Blvd. (2004)

The Naked Monster (2005)

Abominable (2006)

Beast Beneath aka The Wrath (2007)

The Land That Time Forgot (2009)

The Last Lovecraft: Relic of Cthulhu (2009)

Mega Python vs. Gatoroid (2010)

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Mega Shark vs. Crocosaurus (2010)

The Ghastly Love of Johnny X (2012)

Return of the Killer Shrews (2012)

 

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