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By Josh Saunders


Creepy photographs reveal the abandoned gas station from horror film The Hills Have Eyes.

The eerie movie set in Agadir, Morocco, stands relatively unchanged since it featured in the 2006 flick that saw a family lured to their doom.

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Now abandoned, the gas station played a pivotal part in the protagonists’ demise, as it was there that they were advised to take a ‘shortcut’.

The reroute would lead them into a trap where psychotic, cannibalistic creatures would torture the family.

Photographer Bob Thissen, 31, visited the site earlier this month and revealed it was still stocked with American goods and is often mistaken for a working gas station.

Bob from Heerlen, The Netherlands, said: “I could imagine myself in the US for a moment, the surroundings looked exactly the same, it was built on the perfect spot.

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“It was cool to see the shop was filled with real American items too, even more as you can see them in the movie.

“They put a lot of effort into making it look as real as possible, I do wonder why they left all those items at the gas station.

“I always try to explore in countries no other urban explorers go to, so I did research some years ago in Morocco.

“I found out that there were some pretty amazing abandoned movie sets in the desert, recently I finally went to see them.

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“It is located right next to an active long road and I can imagine people are tricked to stop there to take a rest of fill up their gas, which of course is impossible.

“As an animator and filmmaker it was really cool to see the place which I knew from the movie in real life.”

The R-rated film with an estimated $15 million budget (12GBP) was a remake of Wes Craven’s 1977 classic of the same name.

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Bob who has been an urban explorer for over ten years, said the movie set had been abandoned after filming and had been partially renovated.

Bob said: “After all these years it doesn’t look exactly the same anymore.

“The big pole was relocated at the other side of the gas station.

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“Most of the paint is peeled and they have attempted to renew some parts.

“Some panels probably fell down and are stored at the side of the gas station and inside, some of the furniture is missing.”

To see more of Bob’s work visit here.