Warning: These facts might make some of your favourite scary movies a lot less frightening….
- Because the movie Halloween (1978) was on such a tight budget, they had to use the cheapest mask they could find for the character Michael Myers. They settled on a William Shatner Star Trek death mask which was slightly altered and painted white.
At the time Shatner didn’t know the mask was in his likeness but when he found out years later, he said he was honored.
- Author Stephen King, who wrote The Shining, wasn’t happy with the casting of Jack Nicholson in the lead role.
He told Playboy in 1983: “Jack Nicholson, though a fine actor, was all wrong for the part. His last big role had been in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and between that and the manic grin, the audience automatically identified him as a loony from the first scene. But the book is about Jack Torrance’s gradual descent into madness through the malign influence of the Overlook—if the guy is nuts to begin with, then the entire tragedy of his downfall is wasted.”
- Before agreeing to do The Others, Nicole Kidman originally tried to persuade Alejandro Amenábar and the Weinstein brothers to find another actress for the part. Coming off the bright and exuberant Moulin Rouge! (2001), the actress was initially reluctant to do a film that explored such dark places.
The sensitive actress even quit during rehearsals as she claimed that playing Grace gave her nightmares.
- Did you know that long before the movie The Ring premiered, the killer video was used as a commercial.
The commercial did not mention any movie for nearly a month. Now that’s how you tease a horror film…
- Director Sir Alfred Hitchcock was so pleased with the score written by Bernard Herrmann for the movie Psycho, that he doubled the composer’s salary to $34,501.
Hitchcock later said: “Thirty-three percent of the effect of Psycho was due to the music.”
- Daniel Kaluuya was given the lead role on the spot after nailing his audition for the 2017 horror film, Get Out.
Writer, co-producer, and director Jordan Peele said Kaluuya did about five takes of a key scene, in which his character needs to cry, and each was so perfect that the single tear came down at the exact same time for each take.
- Bryan Woods and Scott Beck’s original screenplay of A Quiet Place contained only one line of voiced dialogue.
Director and lead actor, John Krasinski, played the monster in a motion capture suit for a few scenes.
The entire film was shot in 36 days and the final look of the creature wasn’t fully figured out until pretty late in the process, during post-production.
- The Blair Witch Project was in the Guinness Book of World Records for “Top Budget: Box Office Ratio” (for a mainstream feature film).
The film cost $60,000 to make and made back $248 million, a ratio of $1 spent for every $10,931 made.
It took a mere eight days to shoot the whole film.
- Drew Barrymore was originally cast as Sidney Prescott (eventually played by Neve Campbell). But Drew insisted that if she played Casey then it would make the audience think anything could happen. She was right!
The use of caller ID increased more than threefold after the release of this film.
The party scene near the end of the film runs forty-two minutes long. It was shot over the course of twenty-one days from the time the sun set to the time it rose. After it wrapped, the crew had t-shirts made that read “I SURVIVED SCENE 118” (which was the name of the scene during shooting). The cast and crew jokingly called it “The longest night in horror history.”