Just as Houston's glass and steel office buildings reflect the powerful, modern business of this oil town, older buildings which bely the city’s past are hidden among the newer neighborhoods and housing complexes. This is where Nick finds Lucy, hiding in plain sight herself.
Our characters exist in their own private "hells" and Houston offers us wonderful visual cues to reinforce this theme. Without question, Houston can be unbearably hot. Below street level, people travel the seemingly endless passageways of "The Tunnels" underground, which extend for miles. This labyrinthine and claustrophobic "underworld" is a perfect environment to illustrate characters desperately in search of personal freedom and a perfect backdrop for the suspenseful foot-chase sequences in the film.
Houston's eastern outskirts offer vistas of industrial landscapes, ultimately giving way to the sea. These nearby locations allow for visual variety, each location mirroring the emotional crises of Nick and Lucy's dangerous and bittersweet relationship. They can stroll the nostalgic confines of Kemah Boardwalk and look to the expanse of the Gulf Of Mexico, contemplating a life of freedom from Bernie. Or they can find themselves deep in the vast and overwhelming expanses of industrial Texas, dotted with oil rigs and miles of electric cables, as they bury a body someplace nobody would ever think to look.
As in the great noir films which inspire KILL ME ALL YOU WANT, location speaks volumes about the characters, and Houston is undiscovered country as a movie landscape. Cropping up from the flat desert of Eastern Texas, Houston is at once cosmopolitan and full of unique character. Yet, underneath this facade, the city still sports something of the Old West, an outlaw town full of mystery and danger. In KILL ME ALL YOU WANT, our heroes are desperate to stay alive. But in Houston, as with our characters, nothing is exactly as it appears.