3 Famous Movies and Films Set in Kentucky

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Kentucky isn't the first thing that comes to mind when people think of blockbuster hits. Bluegrass State may be known for horses and bourbon, but it isn't exactly known for attracting film crews and star-studded casts. Nevertheless, there are quite a few popular movies that have been filmed in Kentucky. Of course, for some films, like "Secretariat" and "The Coalminer's Daughter," the state was the obvious choice for the backdrop because of its connection to the story, but some films on the list may surprise you.

Here are three famous movies and films set in Kentucky:

Keep Your Distance (2005)

Keep Your Distance is about a perfectly normal man who lives a perfectly everyday life in the perfectly normal town of Louisville, KY. An enduring marriage, a fantastic career, and a community that adores him - David Dailey has it all. Unfortunately, David's idyllic world is crumbling beneath the surface. A series of mysterious notes warn him of an impending fall from grace. Susan, his sultry wife, is hell-bent on expanding the horizons of their sexual relationship -- with or without him. Whit, Whit's longtime assistant, is vying for his job. A curious stranger he trusts instinctively because she doesn't know him well enough to betray him, Melody Carpenter becomes increasingly attractive to him. David and Melody's friend Sean, Melody's ex-boyfriend who got dumped by Gwen, looks down on their friendship with contempt. His jealousy seethes more profound, and he devises a devious plan to win her back, unaware his overly protective father has ordered his number one ally to keep an eye on everyone. As David and Melody grow closer, they realize they have more in common than they thought - including the annoying suspicion they're being stalked - and are plunged into a harrowing web of desire, deceit, and paranoia. The man everyone loves fears everyone has a reason to bring him down. As his perfect life veers further and further off course, David is about to learn that the most significant danger of having it all has everything to lose.

Filming locations:

  • Oldham County, Kentucky, U.S.A.
  • Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.A.

Death Tunnel (2005)

Death Tunnel is based on the True Stories and Hauntings of Waverly Hills Sanatorium in Louisville, Kentucky. This horrific five-story structure is listed as one of the Top Ten Scariest Places on Earth due to the 63,000+ deaths within this monument of terror. The deceased was then carried through the massive five hundred foot underground tunnel to their final resting place. The story involves five girls on a college initiation, forced to spend the night separately on the five floors of this sanatorium. The five ghosts exist within its abandoned corridors.

Filming locations:

  • Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.A.
  • Waverly Hills Sanatorium - 4400 Paralee Lane, Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.A.

Dead Moon Rising (2007)

Dead Moon Rising talks about the world, which is overrun by a mysterious disease, and the infected crave human flesh. Unfortunately, Jim and his Cheapskate Car Rental co-workers are entirely unaware of what's going on outside their door until it's too late. Besides angry customers and hordes of cannibals, Jim has to deal with a barely-legal April, Vix (the "Terminatrix"), reconciling issues with his brother and adjusting to his "pants thing". Will Jim be able to rally Louisville's remaining bike gangs and defeat the infected hordes?

Filming locations:

  • Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.A.

Bonus: Here are more movies and films set in Kentucky:

  • Harlan County U.S.A. (1976)
  • Goldfinger (1964)
  • Fire Down Below (1997)
  • Racing Stripes (2005)
  • U.S. Marshals (1998)

If you know more movies and films set in Kentucky, please share them down in the comment section!









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