by Anna Olvera
I don’t know about you guys, but I absolutely love learning new things about my favorite movies or TV shows. When it comes to horror movies, even I was surprised by some of the facts in this article. I’m sure most of you have already heard of some of them but others are downright mind-blowing.
1 – The director of Jeepers Creepers Victor Salva is a convicted child molester.
In 1988, Salva was convicted of sexual misconduct and procuring a child for pornography. He was sentenced to 3 years in a state prison, but only served 15 months. He completed his parole in 1992.
2 – The Child’s Play film was accused of inspiring violence in children.
Things only got worse when an incident linked to the film took place in Manchester, England, where a gang of young criminals kidnapped and murdered a sixteen-year-old girl. While they tortured her, they forced her to listen to recordings of the gang leader repeating, “I’m Chucky, wanna play?” Director Tom Holland defended the film from these accusations, saying that viewers of horror movies could only be influenced by their content if they were unstable to begin with.
3 – The color red is present in almost every shot of The Shining.
4 – Because of enthusiasts hiking in the woods after seeing The Blair Witch Project and scaring away all the animals, the 1999-2000 hunting season was one of the worst on record.
5 – George A. Romero, the godfather of the zombies, worked in “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” when he was a young filmmaker.
6 – The hotel that inspired the Overlook in The Shining had a pet cemetery behind it.
As most of you know Stephen King, author of both “The Shining” and “Pet Cemetery” used the Stanley Hotel as an inspiration. But did you know that the Stanley hotel actually used to have a pet cemetery in the back? In a bizarre case of life imitating art, the Stanley actually had a real, creepy pet cemetery located on its grounds. It was dug up and moved so that a wedding pavilion could be built on top… creepy.
7 – Friday the 13th villain, Jason, was originally named “Josh.”
8 – Sissy Spacek slept in bloody clothes for three days while filming the prom scene in Carrie.
She didn’t want to risk breaking continuity. Spacek was so committed to her role that she insisted upon being buried so it would be her hand (not a double’s) in the final scene. Talking about “Carrie,” Stephen King was still such an unknown person at that time, the film trailer featured his name incorrectly spelled.
9.- A few homages to Alfred Hitchcock are hidden in John Carpenter’s Halloween.
Carpenter cast Psycho star Janet Leigh’s daughter Jamie Lee Curtis in the lead role, and named another main character, Dr. Sam Loomis, after the object of Janet Leigh’s affection in Psycho.
10 – Leonardo Dicaprio was offered the lead role in Hocus Pocus.
11 – Many people who viewed The Conjuring reported feeling haunted afterward and required psychological help.
Part of the true story of the movie The Conjuring includes eight generations of families who lived and died in the house before the Perrons moved in. Andrea Perron suggests that some of the spirits from the families never left. Deaths include two documented suicides, a poisoning death, the rape and murder of an 11-year old girl, two drownings, and the passing of four men who froze to death. Most deaths occurred within the Arnold family, from which Bathsheba Sherman was descended. On a curious note, when the movie was released in the Philippines, some theaters had to hire Catholic priests to bless the viewers before showing it. Apparently enough people who had already seen the film had reported a “negative presence” after watching the film. The priests also provided spiritual and psychological help to the viewers.
12 – If Virginia Madsen hadn’t accepted the lead role in Candyman, the producers would have given it to Sandra Bullock, who wasn’t well known at the time.
Madsen was also really hypnotized for some scenes so she could portray her trance authentically.
13 – In order to make Samara’s walk as creepy as possible in The Ring, they filmed her walking backwards and then reversed the shot.
14- Friday the 13th was filmed at a real camp in New Jersey that is still in operation to this day.
15 – The skeletons in Poltergeist are not props; they are real human skeletons.
16 – Emma Stone auditioned for the role of Laurie Strode in Rob Zombie’s Halloween remake.
17 – E.T. was originally written as a horror film.
18 – The house used in the finale of Scream 3 is the same location (set up as a school) in Halloween H20: 20 Years Later.
It was also used on the Britney Spears video “My Prerogative,” among other shows.
19 – The bedroom in the movie The Exorcist was refrigerated and kept between 30 and 40 degrees below zero.
It was so cold, in fact, that one morning the crew arrived to find a thin layer of snow on the set.
20 – The rock band Aerosmith took a break from a night of recording to see the movie Young Frankenstein in 1974 and wrote the song “Walk this Way” the next morning, inspired my Igor’s gag in the movie.
21 – In Return of the Living Dead, Freddy wears a red jacket with the words “Fuck you” in the back. In the television version of the movie the jacket says “TV version.”
22 – In Interview with the Vampire, all the actors playing vampire roles were required to hang upside down for up to thirty minutes before having their makeup applied.
This would force all the blood in their bodies to rush to their heads, causing the blood vessels in their faces to bulge. The makeup artists would then trace over the swollen veins creating the eerie, translucent-skinned look of a vampire. Unfortunately for the actors, they would have to repeat the process several times during some scenes, as the blood would quickly drain from their faces.
23 – In Hostel the nightmarish interior of the slaughterhouse, known as the hall of horrors, was filmed at a mental hospital in Prague built in 1910, in a wing that had been closed for over fifty years.
In reality, Building 10 (where most of the scenes were filmed) was where the craziest, most violent patients were kept. The basement was so creepy and scary that the director, Eli Roth, didn’t have to work much on the atmosphere since the natural environment was ideal already but instead had a string quartet playing classical music to make it feel cozier and friendlier while shooting.
24 – The Exorcist is the first horror movie to be nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards.
25 – Director James Wan took a big risk when he agreed not to receive an “up front” salary for the movie Saw but instead opted for a generous percentage of the movie’s box office earnings.
The gamble paid off after the film made over $100 million globally and it is considered one of the most profitable horror films of all time and enabled Wan to become (at 27) one of the youngest and highest-earning directors in film history.
26 – In 28 Days Later for the London scenes, police would close the roads for about an hour at 4AM and filming would begin immediately.
The producers wisely predicted that asking from the drivers, especially clubbers heading home after a long, wild night of drinking, either wait for an hour or find another route home might make most of them mad. So they brilliantly hired several sexy young ladies (including Danny Boyle’s daughter) to make the necessary requests and, as expected, the drivers responded with patience and pleasure.
27 – In Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday Kane Hodder makes his debut as Freddy Krueger when Freddy’s hand and arm pop out of the ground to grab Jason’s mask at the end of the movie.
He of course plays Voorhees and also a security guard who get brutally murdered by the hands of Jason. So Kane Hodder played Jason, Freddy and a security guard all in one movie.
28 – Grindhouse: Planet Terror tops the horror movie highest body count with 310 dead.
29 – In From Dusk Till Dawn Salma Hayek’s character Santanico Pandemonium is based on a Mexican film of the same name from 1975.
30 – Gwyneth Paltrow almost played the part of Alice in the Resident Evil franchise.
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