After watching a scary movie, we lie in bed, wide awake trying to convince ourselves that there's not actually a monster or a demon hiding in the closet. We tell ourselves that it was just a movie and that they were just acting. But what if your favorite horror flicks were terrifying in real life, too? Is life imitating art, or is art imitating life? Just a warning, stop reading now if you want to sleep well tonight.
Let's start with one of the most classic scary movies of all time, The Exorcist. One of the actors in this movie is an actual serial killer. Paul Bateson, who appears as a hospital technician, eventually confessed to killing and dismembering six gay men in 1970's New York City. He was released from prison in 2004.
If you don't start hyperventilating every time you hear a chainsaw turn on, you clearly haven't watched Texas Chainsaw Massacre, one of the most disturbing horror films, well, ever.
Now here's an even more horrifying fact: Five hundred pounds of dead pets were dropped off to the set of the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Director Tobe Hooper wanted dead animals as props to showcase the depravity of his villains, so he contacted the local pound. The pound dropped off its recent kills, but after Hooper saw all the dead cats and dogs, he realized it would be too much, even for a horror film.
In the film Candyman, there is a scene where the Candyman has bees coming out of his mouth. To achieve this effect, they used ACTUAL BEES. The actor who portrayed Candyman, Tony Todd, was stung 23 times!
Damien, the disturbing child from The Omen, is actually the antichrist. They needed an equally disturbed little actor to play him. Harvey Spencer Stephens, the four-year-old who plays Damien, got the part by punching the director in the balls during the audition.
While filming a scene in Bram Stoker's Dracula, Gary Oldman, who was playing Dracula, felt like the other actors weren't showing enough fear. So he went up to each one of them and whispered something into their ears, terrifying them enough to complete the scene.