It’s finally here but where was The Devil All the Time filmed? Let’s explore the filming locations for Netflix’s latest star-studded film.
Against all odds, 2020 has still been a great year for film fans so far.
Despite cinemas temporarily closing their doors for a number of months and many still yet to open, we’ve managed to enjoy some terrific films as of late.
From Da 5 Bloods to She Dies Tomorrow, a wealth of intriguing efforts arrived courtesy of VOD. It’s a good job too, considering entertainment now feels more important than ever.
Ahead of these films in the UK, we were also fortunate enough to finally have the likes of Parasite, Uncut Gems, Jojo Rabbit, 1917, Waves and The Lighthouse reach our screens.
As we said, a very good year and it continues to get better.
The latest film demanding widespread attention is Antonio Campos’ The Devil All the Time, starring Tom Holland (Avengers: Endgame), Robert Pattinson (Tenet), Riley Keough (American Honey), Bill Skarsgård (It), Mia Wasikowska (Piercing) and more.
It arrived on Netflix on Wednesday, September 16th 2020 and already stands out as one of the year’s essential viewing experiences.
Let’s talk about filming locations…
Where was The Devil All the Time filmed?
- The Devil All the Time was filmed in Alabama, which may surprise audiences considering it’s set in rural Ohio.
As highlighted by The Cinemaholic, the film’s director – Antonio Campos – spoke with Entertainment Weekly about filming in Alabama:
“It was a challenging shoot just because there were so many locations and we were really spread out over a large portion of northern Alabama. The nice thing is Alabama hasn’t been filmed in very often, so it’s not as recognizable as some other places that have been filmed in and photographed thoroughly by various films and TV shows.”
As for the “many locations” he refers to, The Cinemaholic addresses that the crew filmed in such cities as Anniston, Pell City, Birmingham, and Montevallo Helena, Wetumpka, and Riverside, taking the project across Alabama.
They note that the church scenes were filmed at Pine Flat Presbyterian Church in Deatsville, while also citing the following locations: The Peerless Grille, 33 W 10th Street, Main Street (Montevallo), surroundings of the Police Department on Ladiga Street (Jacksonville), Forest Park in Birmingham and the Ark Seafood Restaurant in Riverside.
Additionally, The Cinemaholic also identifies the Oak Mountain State Park in Pelham, as well as the City of Lights Dream Center, Dora.
Tom Holland talks filming
As noted by the previous source, The Cinemaholic, Tom Holland (who plays Arvin Russell) spoke out about filming in Alabama:
“We were in Birmingham and we shot out of the city quite a lot in rural parts of the state. I like to work on films where a location can be as big a character as you are in the film and Alabama definitely served that purpose and brought this really rural visceral vibe to the process.”
The locations certainly add a great deal to the film and it’s clear that they helped the actors in terms of sculpting their characters.
More from Antonio Campos?
If you liked The Devil All the Time then it’s definitely worth seeking out the director’s previous work.
His 2008 film Afterschool stars Ezra Miller (The Perks of Being a Wallflower) as Robert, a young student who captures something dark and sinister at school.
It’s a rather disturbing piece of work, as is his subsequent film, 2012’s Simon Killer starring Brady Corbet as a young man who heads to Paris after a breakup. There, he establishes a relationship with a prostitute.
The film is a fantastic character study, but it’s his next film – 2016’s Christine – which arguably stands out as his greatest achievement.
Rebecca Hall tackles the titular role of Christine Chubbuck, the real life reporter who tragically took her own life on air in 1974.
Across his body of work, Campos has consistently established himself as a filmmaker to watch and a remarkable talent – albeit, one who favours the darker side of cinema.
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