Horror Movie Facts and Trivia
The Exorcist (1973)
One woman passed out at a screening of The Exorcist and broke her jaw. She ended up suing Warner Bros. and claimed that the subliminal messages caused her injury. The movie-goer won the case.
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
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Linda Blair was reportedly offered the role but turned it down fearing being typecast. She would later star in Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977).
Ed Gein (Serial Killer)
Serial Killer Ed Gein inspired some of the most iconic thrillers of all time: #Psycho, #TheSilenceOfTheLambs, and #TheTexasChainsawMassacre.
Screenwriter Kevin Williamson had Ringwald in mind while writing Scream. She was offered the role but declined because she was in her late ’20s and didn’t want to play as a teenager anymore.
The bees were NOT CGI! Todd wore a dental dam to prevent any bees from sliding into his throat.
The Shining (1980)
At the 1st Golden Raspberry Awards, The Shining was nominated for two awards – Shelley Duvall for Worst Actress and Stanley Kubrick for Worst Director.
The Ring (2002)
Jennifer Connelly was first offered the main role. However, Connelly had issues with Rachel being written as a negligent parent, and demanded script rewrites if she took the role. Producers refused the request, so Connelly was removed from the mix.
The Blair Witch Project (1999)
The film entered production in October 1997, with the principal photography taking place in Maryland for eight days.
M. Night Shyamalan said that at the time that Split was going to start shooting, Phoenix was unavailable.
It was supposedly cheaper than fabricating fake ones! The actress who starred in the scene, JoBeth Williams, wasn’t told her bony buddies were real until after shooting.
Cannibal Holocaust (1980)
Ten days after premiering in Milan, the film was seized by the courts, and the director, Ruggero Deodato, was arrested and charged with obscenity. He was later charged with murder and faced life in prison on the belief that several of the actors were murdered for the camera. Deodato contacted Luca Barbareschi and told him to contact the three other actors who played the missing film team. He presented the actors, alive and well, to the courts, and thus, the murder charges were dropped.
Eddie Murphy was the first choice to play #Candyman in the 1992 film “Candyman”. The reason why he wasn’t cast in the titular role was due to his height being unintimidating, as well as his salary demands. What do you think of Eddie Murphy as the Candyman?
The Omen (1976)
Screenwriter David Seltzer planned to name his antichrist Domlin after the “total obnoxious brat” child of a friend, until his wife convinced him that it would be a horrible thing to do to the kid. He decided on Damien after Father Damien, who started the first leper colony in the Hawaiian islands.
Final Destination 3 (2006)
In order to film the premonition scene in Final Destination 3, the actors had to ride the actual rollercoaster 26 times.
Friday the 13th (1980)
Friday the 13th star, Jason, was originally to be named “Josh after the creator’s son. He later decided on Jason, a combination of his sons’ names.
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
Wes Craven’s first choice was David Warner, from Time Bandits, Titanic, and various incarnations of Star Trek. Warner had to pass on the project, which opened the door for Robert Englund.
The original title of the film was Scary Movie, but it was changed to Scream by the Weinstein brothers in the middle of production.
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