3x3: abandoned buildings

We discuss our favorite abandoned buildings at the 1:26 mark of the Qt3 Movie Podcast of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny.

Kelly Wand
3. The Blair Witch Project
2. Return to Oz

  1. Aliens

Tom Chick
3. Fight Club
2. Session 9

  1. Hanna

3. Z for Zachariah
2. Citizen Kane

  1. I Am Legend

What are your favorite abandoned buildings in movies? Listen to the show to hear us wax poetic on our picks, and to hear Dingus read a bunch of really good listener picks. Send in your picks to [email protected]. Also, remember you don’t have to send in three. If you don’t have three choices for Kelly Wand’s next topic, send in one. Or two. Whatever. We love your emails.

  1. Blackhawk Down - A whole city of buildings abandoned midway through development. They’re empty shells before they’re even shelled out.

  2. Fellowship of the Ring - Weathertop, the abandoned, crumbled watchtower of the north, turned to ruin. (Moria might count, too, although it was never a building as such.)

  3. Serenity - A whole planet’s cityscape abandoned by the living, haunted by those cursed not to die.

  1. The “murder house”, as HDTGM put it, in Teen Witch. So weirdly out of place. Hope they had their tetanus shots.
  2. The “abandoned” house in The Road that turns out to be not so abandoned.
  3. Congress in Logan’s Run
  1. 28 Days Later - Abandoned London

  2. The Haunting - Hill House

  3. Enemy at the Gates - The entire city of Stalingrad is a series of abandoned, ruined buildings

I haven’t had an opportunity to listen to the podcast to see if it was mentioned by a listener, but the school in It Follows was the first thing that came to mind for me.

Ooh. I like that Weathertop pick, Austin.


Trespass - Abandoned factory

Damnation Alley - Abandoned casino

Reservoir Dogs - Abandoned warehouse

Trespass for sure. Ice-T and Ice Cube in the same movie! Genius!

I wonder if Tom would disqualify my choice for favorite abandoned building on the grounds that it is not taken from a real movie. Probably. Even though it is not a documentary or a “cartoon…”

Naqoyqatsi (Life as War), the final film in the Qatsi Trilogy. At the beginning of the film, Philip Glass’ elegiac music (Yo Yo Ma on cello) accompanies prolonged images of the abandoned Michigan Central Station in Detroit. Something about seeing what amounts to classical Greek ruins in modern-day America, combined with that music. I dunno, it just really gets me.

Here it is, from about 02:08 to 05:50: