The ultimate daddy of slasher films had more going on behind-the-scenes than one would think. Due to the low budget of $30,000 used to film this movie, the props department went out and bought a $2 William Shatner mask from Star Trek. From there they spray-painted it white and teased out the hair to give Michael Myers his signature look. Scary to go back and watch the film imagining William Shatner murdering post-coital babysitters.
Can you imagine being afraid of a man named Josh Voorhees ? Well, according to legend, that is exactly the name the director Sean Cunningham had originally planned for the hockey-mask-wearing slasher. Since no sequels were planned at the time of shooting, no one really cared what the killers name would be. However, a producer insisted that Josh sounded too kind and changed the name to Jason, making an infamous nightmare machine in the process.
Although the original was so terrifying that audiences left theaters, the modern audience seemed more prepared for Michael Bay's gritty and terrifying reboot.
The cast, however, was not as ready. DuringErica Leerhsen's screen-test she screamed so loudly that other people in the building called the police because they were so convinced that someone was actually being murdered.
One of the most disturbing films to ever be filmed was not an easy shoot at all. According to trivia on the film, the human skeletons featured are real because real bones imported from India were cheaper than the crew buying fake skeletons.
Also, during an iconic chase scene, actress Marilyn Burns is chased through thick brush by Leatherface. Unfortunately for Burns, a lot of the cuts she sustained during the scene were real, meaning the cuts and blood covering her body and face were all too real.
Heather O'Rourke, who played the little girl Carol-Anne, and Dominique Dunne, who played the teenage daughter in this classic horror film, are buried in the same cemetery. Unfortunately, both tragically died after filming, adding to theories that the film's set was extremely cursed.
O'Rourke was strangled until brain-dead by her boyfriend at the time, and six years later Dunne experienced extreme intestinal pain and later died of intestinal stenosis.
What most would consider the most haunted film set in history, The Exorcist proceeds itself with a slew of creepy happenings on set. What is most terrifying, however, are the real life death threats lead actress Linda Blair received after production wrapped. Religious zealots believed she was evil incarnate and sent her very threatening messages. In order to quell her fear, Warner Bros had bodyguards watch over her for over six months after the film was released.
The zombie film that gripped a nation had some trouble with its extras and cast. According to reports, some of the makeup was so gruesome and smelled so terrible, many people on the film reported getting sick to their stomachs. The makeup took roughly three hours to put on from start to finish.
If you want enough creepy trivia on The Shining to last you months, might we suggest you check out the epically creepy documentary Room 237. If you're not down with documentaries, allow me to fill you in on the creepier parts of making The Shining.
Lead actress Shelly Duval was tormented on set by director StanleyKubrick in order to have her emit true terror. According to Duval, she suffered from mental exhaustion throughout the shoot; her terror so palpable she suffered from hair loss. Way to commit to the role, Shelly!
In one of the spookiest marketing strategies ever, the cast of The Blair Witch Project was placed on missing posters which were placed around the film festival which it premiered. Since they were all unknowns, it added to the illusion that the film was real found footage. Some people even went as far as to send the actor's families sympathy cards because they truly believed they were gone forever.
Fun little tidbit about one of the most infamous horror films to ever be created; when it was released in 1960, the blood factor and gore was so intense for audiences that many people reported throwing up in the theater or leaving due to being too terrified. Interesting considering now the syrup used as blood looks hokey to modern audiences.
Brandon Lee died during the filming of this movie after an actor fired a gun at his chest with a loaded gun. The firing was a mishap, and originally the script did not call for this scene but was added last minute by the director. The scene called for Brandon Lee to enter a room with a bag of groceries, where he would be shot with a blank that would cause a fake blood bag to explode on him. Unfortunately, the gun fired an actual bullet, striking Lee and killing him. The footage was developed in an investigation into his death, but was later destroyed.
According to the cast and crew of this classic, this was one of the most intense and horrible shoots they've been a part of. The film was actually filmed in an abandoned cabin and, coupled with the freezing temperatures and lengthy filming, everyone was miserable. Although the gore factor is insane in this film, the conditions of actual filming were horrific. Thirteen crew members stayed in the cabin in which the film took place, meaning that they often argued. Coupled with the fact that there was no plumbing in the cabin, by the end of shooting the cast and crew took to burning furniture in the house in order to stay warm.
The reboot of the Friday the 13th franchise found Michael Bay *shakes fist* at the helm of executive producer once again. According to reports, Bay walked out of the film disgusted, claiming that the focus of the film was too much sex. You know your film is scarily bad when Michael Bay walks out of it because it is that bad.
During the library scene of this terrifying clown mini-series, the cast were all hurt. The scene involved the principle cast running through a library being struck by items falling over the shelves.
Owing to the fact that so many objects were airborne during the filming, most of the principle crew sustained injuries as well. Thankfully they were able to get the shot in a single take, but the set was completely destroyed when the director yelled "cut."