Peddocks Island in Shutter Island (film still from Shutter Island)

Shutter Island (2010)

The eponymous Shutter Island in Martin Scorsese’s 2010 psychological thriller was actually put together from a variety of locations, including some computer-generated scenery.

The shots of the harbour, and of the whole island during the ferry’s approach at the beginning, use Peddocks island in Boston Harbour (although even this has been enhanced in the shot above, with CGI adding higher mountains and cliffs than exist on the real island).

Peddocks Island was used by the US military as a harbour defence fort (‘Fort Andrews’) until after World War Two. There are several abandoned military buildings left over, and some of these are visible in the early shots of the characters’ arrival.

The island has camping and swimming facilities, although if you’ve seen the film, you may not be too keen on taking the family on a waterside holiday.

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