The Abyss Movie Behind The Scenes

The Abyss Locations


Locations Notes

Rewind the locations where they filmed the 1989 Sci-Fi movie starring Michael Biehn, Ed Harris, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio More Cast

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The Abyss Filming Locations:

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Wanna see the real life filming location used for The Ocean in the movie?

These scenes were actually shot at The Giant water tanks at the Cherokee Nuclear Power Plant, located in Gaffney, South Carolina. Google Map

The underwater scenes were filmed at the half completed and abandoned Duke Power Company Nuclear Power plant that had never gone online. Duke Power is estimated to have put appox. $500 million into developing this site from 1977-1983 before abandoning the project. The two tanks used had a combined capacity of over 10 million gallons. The film company ran out of money and so the sets were never broken up and may remain there to this day.

Apparently they do, as the link below will take you to an urban explorers gallery where the sets can clearly be seen. However there is no access to the public.

Often overlooked or not mentioned is The Bonne Terre Lead Mines just south of St.Louis MO. There were several scenes shot here. [Thanks to Joe B.]

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LX Preview

LX is our radical new locations feature that we've been beavering away on.. For years!

Each location will have it's own page with then/now pictures, maps, StreetView, discovery story and the most detailed explanations on how the location was used. Most importantly, the locations will have a status that shows whether they are verified correct and by whom. We are working with the actual locations managers or other crew where possible. The whole thing will be very interactive and you will, of course, be able to update everything.

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