Natural Born Killers

Natural Born Killers was released into theaters on August 26th, 1994. Filming locations include Winslow, Az. and Albuquerque, San Jose and Shiprock, Nm. It was directed by Oliver Stone. Other notable films directed by Stone include The Doors, JFK, Platoon, Savages, U Turn and Wall Street. The original screenplay the film was adapted from, was written by Quentin Tarantino; it was changed considerably once Stone was hired to direct. It has a solid cast led by Woody Harrelson and Juliette Lewis as Mickey and Mallory Knox. Coca-Cola approved the use of their Polar Bear ads in the movie without having a full idea of what the movie was about; when the Board of Directors saw the finish product, they were furious. The score was composed by Brent Lewis. The films first DVD release was on January 25th, 2000.

5 to 2 Cafe - AZ-99

It's located three miles north of the I-40 interstate. At the time of my visit it was closed and boarded up, as it's probably been for a very long time. I'm almost certain interiors were also filmed at this location.

All "Now" pictures taken in 2020.

Mickey escapes the work gang - half a mile north of* Indian Service Route 13 Nm.

The large rock formation seen in the distance is Ship Rock, whish stands 1,583 feet tall. It was designated a U.S. National Natural Landmark in 1975.

All "Now" pictures taken in 2022.

Rio Grande Gorge Bridge - US-64 Nm.

The bridge was designed by architects Charles E. Reed and Herman Tachau and built in 1965. It spans 1,280 feet and sits 600 feet above the gorge. Over 125 people have either fallen or jumped from the bridge to their deaths. On July 15th, 1997 it was added to the National Register of Historic Places. The bridge can also be seen in films like Terminator Salvation, Twins and Wild Hogs.

All "Now" pictures taken in 2022.

Wayne Gale in front of church - San Jose, Nm. 87565

San Jose is a very small community with a population of about 137 people, situated on the western side of the Pecos River.


Whiting Bros. service station - 1402 E. 2nd St. Winslow, Az. 86047

At the time of my visit, it appeared to be some kind of mechanic shop that also rented out Uhauls.

All "Now" pictures taken in 2020.

Drug Zone - 9350 Eagle Ranch Rd. NW Albuquerque, Nm. 87114

At the time of my visit, it was a Chuze Fitness. It was previously a Hobby Lobby. The structure has been there since at least 1991.


1 comment:

  1. Good work with this, I'm really surprised the cafe building is still standing.