Netflix’s New Horror Film 'Rattlesnake' Looks Bone-Chillingly Scary

Netflix’s newest psychological horror movie Rattlesnake takes place in the middle of nowhere — but where was Rattlesnake actually filmed?

Abi Travis - Author

Oct. 24 2019, Updated 2:24 p.m. ET

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There’s a new scary movie coming to Netflix and we are so, so ready. Rattlesnake tells the story of a single mother who has to kill someone in order to save her daughter’s soul — obviously, we are very intrigued.

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In the Rattlesnake trailer, we see single mom Katrina (played by Carmen Ejogo) wrestle with a broken-down car in the middle of the mountainous desert. “Where are we, mommy?” Katrina’s daughter Clara asks. Katrina answers simply: “Somewhere, sweetie.”

OK, well, that’s not good enough for us. We need to know where Katrina and Clara actually are. So, where was Rattlesnake filmed?

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Where was Netflix's Rattlesnake filmed?

After a bit of digging, we’ve found that Rattlesnake was filmed throughout much of the state of New Mexico. That won’t come as a huge surprise — one look at those sweeping desert vistas and you can tell you’re in the American Southwest. Anyone else getting major Breaking Bad vibes like we were?

According to Ruidoso News (a New Mexico outlet of the USA Today Network), Rattlesnake was filmed in several New Mexico cities, including Santa Fe, Espanola, Las Vegas (yes, there’s one in New Mexico, too), Cochiti and Abiquiu. 

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However, several outlets have reported that parts of the film also take place in the desert town of Tulia, Tex. It remains to be seen whether the entire film actually takes place in New Mexico (where it was filmed), or if it takes place in Texas instead. Or does it take place in both states? 

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Judging from the trailer, the “middle of nowhere” scenes could just take place in a fictional, spooky, ephemeral desert that doesn’t actually exist in real life (kind of like that field of grass in In the Tall Grass). Either way, we’re definitely going to be watching it.

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What is the Netflix movie Rattlesnake about?

The new psychological horror film comes to us from director Zak Hilditch. You may remember him as the director of 1922 — another spooky Netflix movie (that one was an adaptation of Stephen King’s novella of the same name). 

Hilditch’s newest film tells the story of single mom Katrina and her daughter Clara. Katrina is driving across the country to start a new life when her car breaks down in the middle of nowhere (which, as we’ve already covered, is actually the middle of New Mexico). While Katrina changes the tire, Clara wanders off into the desert and is bitten by a rattlesnake.

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Stuck without phone service and desperate to save Clara’s life, Katrina accepts the help of a mysterious woman who seems to magically appear in the desert. But once Clara is saved, Katrina learns that she now owes a debt. In exchange for Clara’s soul, Katrina must kill someone else before sundown. The film follows Katrina as she wrestles with the decision of who should live, and who must die. Yeah. We are totally in.

When and where can you watch Rattlesnake?

Rattlesnake will be available to stream on Netflix starting Oct. 25. Get your popcorn ready... and maybe a cozy blanket to hide under. This one looks like it’s gonna be pretty darn scary.

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