Horror flicks are enjoyable if you’re in the mood to dim your lights and have your wits scared right out of you. They are fun to watch with friends, but if you’re feeling restless they’re also a spooky way to get your adrenaline pumping.
October is on its way, which is as good a time as any to hunker down and get yourself into a festive Halloween mood. But just as with any film or TV show you watch, it’s likely that you’ll miss something the first time you watch it.
As if horror films weren’t already creepy enough, here are some more terrifying facts that you probably missed while watching these flicks the first time.
1. The corpses in the ‘Poltergeist’ pool scene were real skeletons. Apparently, it was cheaper than creating fake ones. The actress in the pool, JoBeth Williams, wasn’t told that she was swimming with skeletons until after the scene was shot.
2. In the original ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre’, Leatherface (played by Gunnar Hansen) actually cut Marilyn Burns’ finger because he was exhausted and couldn’t see properly.
3. The cast and crew of ‘Amityville Horror’ kept waking up at 3:15 am while filming, which is the exact same time that Ryan Reynolds’ character kept waking up.
4. Tony Todd had to fill his mouth with real bees in ‘Candyman’. The only thing preventing them from going down his thought was a mouth guard that he was wearing. He got stung several times.
5. Shelley Duvall, who played Wendy Torrance in ‘The Shining’ said that filming was “excruciating” and “unbearable”. She was terrified while filming and had a mental breakdown after the movie due to the emotional distress that Stanley Kubrick put her through.
6. In ‘Alien’ the actors were unaware of what was going to happen during the chestburster scene, so their horrified reactions are entirely genuine.
7. Oliver Robins was actually choked by the robot clown in ‘Poltergeist’ and it was until he started turning purple that Spielberg realized he couldn’t breathe.
8. The actor who played the radiologist’s assistant in ‘The Exorcist’ was convicted of murdering and dismembering 6 gay men in New York City in the 70s.
9. In the ‘Alien’ movie, the first model of the iconic Alien creature was an actual human skull. The artist in charge of its design was the late artist H.R. Giger who famously said “Don’t ask me where I got it” when asked about the skull.
10. The possessed Annabelle doll from ‘The Conjuring’ is based on an actual possessed doll. The real doll is kept at the real Ed and Lorraine Warren’s in-home occult museum.
11. The schoolhouse in ‘The Birds’ is a real-life haunted house. The current residents say they hear children laughing and footsteps. Tippi Hedren (the actress who played Melanie in the film) said that the building was “Immensely populated… but there was nobody there.”
12. The set of ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ was filled with 500 pounds of decomposing animal corpses. The mixture of heat and the smell has the actors and crew throwing up constantly. The director Tobe Hooper said that in the final few days of filming, every time he yelled out ‘cut,’ the actors and crew would run to throw up.
13. On the set of the exorcist, the director William Friedkin told the prop man to fire a shotgun at random to garner more “authentic” reactions from the actors on set.
14. In the 2005 version of ‘The Amityville Horror”, a dead body was seen floating in the water right next to the actual set of the film.
15. ‘The Silence of the Lambs’ killer Hannibal Lecter was based on an actual killer, Dr. Alfredo Ballí Treviño, who possessed the same mannerisms that Anthony Hopkins portrayed in the film.
16. Several actors from the ‘Poltergeist’ movies died tragically either during or after filming the movies. For example, Dominique Dunne (who played the older sister in the first movie) was murdered right after the film premiered.