Yesterday we found out that Ridley Scott's upcoming sci-fi flick 'Prometheus' is being filmed in Iceland at the base of Hekla, one of the most active volcanoes in the world (further proof of why Scott is a total badass).

That got us thinking: What are some of the craziest filming locations in movie history? We discovered that everything from the top of the tallest building in the world to an abandoned nuclear reactor have been utilized, all for the sake of cinema.

Check out some of the more surprising set locations below.
'The Abyss'
Not only was the team in the movie dispatched to search for a lost nuclear submarine, director James Cameron went so far as to actually film the movie at an abandoned nuclear power plant in South Carolina.

'Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol'
As the third sequel in the 'Mission: Impossible' series, we knew they had to pull out all the stops. Director Brad Bird shot an action scene involving Tom Cruise swinging from the tallest building in the world -- the 164-story Burj Khalifa in Dubai.

'The Dark Knight'
This blockbuster superhero flick featured plenty of unbelievable action sequences, but it was a scene with Christian Bale by himself that may go down as the movie's most jaw-dropping, where we see the actor standing on the corner of the Sears Tower, looking out over Chicago.

'Gimme Shelter'
Commonly referred to as the day the '60s died, the Altamont Free Concert turned into one gigantic disaster. There were four deaths, including one murder that was caught on camera while the Rolling Stones were playing. It wasn't exactly by design, but either way those aren't ideal filming conditions.

'Quantum of Solace'
The final sequence in Daniel Craig's second go-round as James Bond was shot in the driest desert in the world, the Atacama. We sure hope 007 was carrying a thermos full of vodka martinis during that shoot.

'Session 9'
If you were filming a movie about a mental institution, what better place to shoot than an actual psychiatric hospital? That's the thinking behind 'Session 9,' a horror film that was shot at the abandoned Danvers State Hospital in Massachusetts (rumored to be the location of the first-ever lobotomy).

It's commonly referred to as one of the biggest flops ever made, but it certainly wasn't for a lack of money. The $175 million production budget was partially spent on a large, artificial sea-water enclosure off the coast of Hawaii, which turned out to be an awful idea, since the film had to be shut down three times due to hurricane alerts.

'The Blair Witch Project'
If you were cast in a horror movie, you might expect to have some amenities on set -- craft services, a trailer, etc. Not so for 'The Blair Witch Project.' The directors wanted to keep the conditions as close to real as possible, so they deprived the actors of sleep and food, moving them around constantly during the day.

Director Werner Herzog is no stranger to weird movie locations, as we saw in his last film 'Cave of Forgotten Dreams.' However, his 1982 flick 'Fitzcarraldo' may take the cake. It was shot in Peru, where natives offered to murder star Klaus Kinski.

'The African Queen'
Filmed in the Belgian Congo, production was halted due to the cast developing amoebic dysentery and malaria. The only two people who didn't get sick were director John Huston and lead actor Humphrey Bogart because they were drinking whiskey instead of the water, which turned out to be the source of the disease.
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