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The Wraith Filming Locations

AKA:
The Wraith Picture
1986



Locations Manager(s): Jack Young

On Location

The movie was filmed on location in and around Tucson, Arizona, including 4th Avenue, Sabino Canyon and Sonoran National Monument. [Thanks to The Tucson Film Office]

Keri's House is actually 2128 E 5th St. Tucson, AZ [Thanks to Jeff Ross]

Jake asks Keri to go to Willow River where they go for a ride and a swim (skinny dip!!). That is Sabino Canyon Recreation Area, part of the Coronado National Forest. The scenes had to be filmed during the spring when the Catalina Mountain Range snows melt, because otherwise the "river" is dry about 7 months of the year. I'd be willing to bet that the earlier "lake" scenes were also filmed at the Sabino Canyon Rec Area. There is an old resevior the river spills into before going on into the valley that could present the appearance of a lake. [Thanks to Roger Phillips]

The Airplane Graveyard where Skank and Gutterboy worked actually exists. It's situated a couple of miles outside of Tucson, in the Sonora Desert on E. Valencia Road (on the border of the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base), which is bisected by Interstate 10 (the road, not the base). [Thanks to Bella]

Packard's Garage was located on a small hill on Ajo Way next to the Municipal Airport, part of Tucson's metro area. The long curvy dirt driveway is still recognizable. Ajo Way heads out of town and eventually goes to Ajo. [Thanks to Bella & Roger Phillips]

Big Kay's Burgers was previously a pizza joint and originally the control tower from nearby Davis Monthan AFB. It is next to a cellphone tower on Benson Highway. The cellphone tower was removed from the movie scenes. The location would be Benson Highway just west of Country Club Blvd. The motel is still across the street and the two palm trees that Packard pulled out of ar still standing. [Thanks to Chuck Hallgren & Art Sharp]

I go buy the area every day on Benson Highway by where "Big Kay's Burgers" scenes were filmed, across the street is the motel where Charlie Sheen pulls away on his motorcycle. If I had a digital camera I would take some shots,but if you go to google streetview and enter address 2624 East Benson Highway, Tucson, AZ , you can get a good look at what the motel and area looks like now and that the palm trees have grown quite a bit. The truck trailer with graffiti shown in the street view image is no longer there, ,the only activity I ever see going on there anymore is people using the motel parking lot for yard sales on weekends. [Thanks to Eric]

The highway that leads up to Mt. Lemmon (The Catalina Highway) was used for many chase scenes. No further filming is permitted up there as one of the crew died during the filming in an accident (note that the film is dedicated to him) [Thanks to Seth Fink]

The desert racing scenes were filmed on the road where Old Tucson Studios and the Desert Museum are located. If you park at Gate's Pass you can see all the roads from the overlook.

The scene where the punker and the other guy chase Jake and Keri on Jake' motorcycle starts at 4th Avenue & 7th Street headed south on 4th Avenue. [Thanks to "Mountain Mike" Johansen]

[Ed note: we were thrilled to receive the following update from none other than Skank himself!!]

I am the actor who portrayed Skank in the film The Wraith and am still in possession of most of my call sheets used during filming in and around the Tucson area:

Day 1 thru 3 of 42 we shot teens sunbathing on the rocks, Keri and Jake floating in the water and Packard talks Skank and Gutterboy in the Barracuda all at Sabino Canyon, referred to in the film as "Willow River"
Day 4 - Sheriff confronts Packard and gang up the highway on Mt. Lemmon.
Day 5 - Saguaro National Monument - The Wraith picks up Keri
Day 6 - Allied Aircraft Sales on East Drexel Road - Sheriff Loomis visits Skank and Gutterboy
Day 7 - Keri's House at 2128 E. 5th St., Tucson, AZ
Days 8-11 - Big Kay's Burger at 2726 E. Benson Hwy.
Days 22 - 23 - Interior scenes - Wraith shoots up Packard and gang's garage hideout at 107 E. 6th Street
Day 24 - Jake and Keri flee on motorcycle - 4th ave. near 5th and Tunnel
Day 24 - Skank flips Barracuda and crawls out with Gutterboy at 210 E. Stevens Ave.
Day 28 - Gang stops Boy and Girl in White Daytona - McCain Loop Road

[Thanks to David Sherrill / AKA Skank!]

The United fire Equipment company as seen just as Skank and Gutterboy are cruising through town in the Cuda on the lookout for Jake and Keri. [Thanks to ramair3]

2015 update: This willl be one of the first movies covered in full in our new locations feature with "then and now" pics of all the locations used in the movie... Even the legendary graveyard scene... Coming soon folks...

Can you help? Do you know any of the Tucson, Arizona (or any other) filming locations used for The Wraith, particularly Any of the highways used, Keri's house and confirmation of the lake used for the date? [Please send them in]


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