Filming Locations: Where was Hold the Dark filmed?

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Hold the Dark is a violent journey into Alaska's savage world, featuring impressive scenery from the Canadian Rockies.

Jeffrey Wright (Bernard from Westworld series) plays Russell, a retired naturalist wolf expert who travels to Keelut, a remote little hamlet lost in the vastness of the mountains.

Hold the Dark shoot with Jeffrey Wright in Alberta mountains

Russell receives a letter asking for help from the mother of a boy who disappeared. The arrival of her husband returning from the war (portrayed by Alexander Skarsgård from True Blood and Big Little Lies), will trigger a brutal chain of events.

Behind this Netflix movie are director Jeremy Saulnier and writer Macon Blair, the makers of the indie cult hits Green Room and Blue Ruin. For this project, the 2014 book of the same name by William Giraldi served as a story template.

Hold the Dark is set in North Alaska but it was filmed in Calgary, in Alberta province, and Morocco. These are the filming locations for the movie that we discovered so far; This page will be updated as more info about the film becomes available:

Hold the Dark film location scenery
The stunning landscapes of the Kananaskis region are doubling for the Alaskan wilderness. Hold the Dark was shot in the Spray lakes Reservoir area.
(You can open all the locations on Google Maps by clicking on the links below in the captions ↴)
Image courtesy of Netflix and Damien Goodyear - Map

Kananaskis range and lake from the sky
These are the same lands where The Revenant was filmed, a movie that also stands out for its locations.

The Netflix production crew also suffered harsh climate conditions during the shoot of the movie with plenty of snow and freezing temperatures.
Image courtesy of Murray Foubister

Exteriors of the mine sequence
There is a scene with Vernon filmed at Atlas Coal Mine National Historic Site in Drumheller.
Image courtesy of Jynx Up- Map

Town settlement and the river
Local newspaper Calgary Herald reports that filming also took place in Morley and Lethbridge.

Also, some scenes were filmed in the CL Western Town and Backlot in Bragg Creek, west of the city of Calgary.
Image courtesy of Gord McKenna - Map

Alexander Skarsgard as Vernon Slone war scene shot in Morocco
The war sequence in Iraq was filmed during a few days in Ouarzazate (Morocco), the filming location mecca when international movies require a Middle East setting.

The production, which took two months to shoot, was hosted at J R Studio in Calgary.
Image courtesy of Netflix - Map

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