Creepy tour around Jackson Lake Island reveals Tim Burton’s abandoned ‘Big Fish’ movie set

Big Fish's abandoned movie set of the town of Spectre. Photo from Johnny Joo.
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Big Fish featured some of the best movie production designs in Tim Burton’s already impressive string of works.

The 2003 movie, set in the fictional town of Spectre, Alabama, had a very tangible feel in it that makes watching the film on the big-screen an immersive sight. In classic Burton fashion, the entire town was built from scratch in Jackson Lake Island in Millbrook, Alabama.

Big Fish’s abandoned movie set of the town of Spectre. Photo from Johnny Joo.

Fans of the movie will be thrilled to know that the movie set containing the town of Spectre is open to the public since a lot of its remains are still intact. The memorable details of Spectre from the film, including the constructed houses, the shoes hanged up from the long wire in the entrance, and the spooky, twisty tree, are still there.

The spot was not meant to be a Big Fish tourist destination if the production team of the team was able to clean up the entire set. But fortunately, they abandoned a lot of it for Tim Burton fans to tour. Strangely, it looks more like a Tim Burton movie set now than it was in the original film, carrying a creepier atmosphere in its slow decay.

Here’s a video of a man who toured the abandoned set of Big Fish himself:

People from Jackson Lake Island may have not restored the town to its gloomy glory, but it can be interesting to see how great production value can last even almost 17 years since the movie’s release.

Anyhow, the town is convincing enough for the naïve visitors to think that it was an abandoned town of a very weird community.

Big Fish, as one of arguably Tim Burton’s last few great works, is about a man who tries to seek the truth behind his dying father’s tales.

The film starred Ewan McGregor, Helena Bonham-Carter, Billy Crudup, Albert Finney, Marion Cotillard, Daniel Wallace, Matthew McGrory, Alison Lohman, Miley Cyrus, Steve Buscemi, Danny DeVito, and Jessica Lange.


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