12 Freaky Facts From Your Favorite Horror Films You Haven’t Heard About

I’ve always been fascinated with the entertainment industry, especially movies.  After all, who doesn’t like to combine the paranoia of pot with the imminent fear of death!

Check out some little known facts from your favorite horror films we all love.

The original article listed 25 but in the necessity of time I reduced it to my favorite 12.


1. The Ring

Playing the movie frame by frame, in the exact moment when Katie Embry is scared to death at the beginning of the movie, you can see all the images that appear on the video. Each image appears for just a fraction of a second. The effect is repeated at the end of the movie. Talking about creepy anyone?

2. The Shining

During an interview for Britain’s The 100 Greatest Scary Moments (2003), Shelley Duvall revealed that because her role required her to be in an almost constant state of hysteria, she eventually ran out of tears from crying so much. To overcome this, she kept bottles of water with her at all times on set to remain hydrated.

3. The Conjuring

When the movie was released in the Philippines, some theaters had to hire Catholic priests to bless the viewers before showing it. This happened because some people who had already seen the film had reported a “Negative Presence” after watching the film. The priests also provided spiritual and psychological help to the viewers. So the question is: if a film causes so many problems and effects viewers so deeply, why watch it in the first place?

4. The Fog

In the final scene at the church, Nick has Andy stand back and hide. On the wall behind Andy is a brick inscribed “H. Hawks,” which some critics and fans tried unsuccessfully to interpret and analyze when the film was first released since many of them thought that John Carpenter used it in such an obvious way for a reason. Finally, Carpenter explained that this was nothing more than a reference to his favorite director, Howard Hawks.

5. The Rocky Horror Picture Show

The set was not a very pleasant experience for the crew since it had no heat and no bathrooms during filming. When Susan Sarandon tried to talk about it with the studio heads, they told her she was complaining too much and should compromise just like the rest of the actors. The actress soon caught pneumonia after filming the pool scene.

6. The Omen

The original ending had all three members of the Thorn family killed at the conclusion. However, after deep thought and consideration studio head Alan Ladd, Jr. felt that this would be a terrible mistake simply because the devil is impossible to kill. For that reason he gave the film’s director, Richard Donner, the additional funds necessary to shoot a more “hopeful” end to the film where evil wins.

7. Candyman

Tony Todd, aka The Candyman, had to put real bees into his mouth while they were shooting the climax. His only protection was a mouth guard that kept him from having the bees go down his throat and choke him. Who said being an actor is an easy, awesome job?

8. The Evil Dead

The producers of The Evil Dead wanted to achieve the most realistic effects possible shooting this film and for that reason they tried some really weird stuff. To begin with they decided to film the movie in a real-life abandoned cabin, while the original script called for the characters to be smoking marijuana when they first listen to the tape. Encouraged by the producers and director, the actors tried to do as requested, but the entire scene had to be later reshot due to their wild, uncontrollable behavior that apparently intimidated even the overly ambitious producers.

9. The Exorcist

The bedroom set had to be kept at almost ice-cold (or freezing) temperatures to capture the authentic icy breath of the actors in the exorcism scenes. Linda Blair, who was only in a flimsy nightgown, says to this day she cannot stand being cold. Additionally, on the first day of filming the exorcism sequence, Blair’s delivery of her foul-mouthed dialogue so disturbed the gentlemanly Max von Sydow that he actually forgot his lines.

 10. Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles

All the actors playing vampire roles in this film were required to hang upside down for at least thirty minutes before having their makeup applied. This would force all the blood in their bodies to rush to their heads, causing the blood vessels in their faces to bulge. The makeup artists would then trace over the swollen veins creating the eerie, translucent-skinned look of a vampire. Unfortunately for the actors, they would have to repeat the process several times during some scenes, as the blood would quickly drain from their faces.

11. Hostel

The nightmarish interior of the slaughterhouse was filmed at a mental hospital in Prague built in 1910, in a wing that had been closed for over fifty years. Believe it or not Building 10, where most of the scenes were filmed, was where the craziest, most violent patients were kept. The basement was so creepy and scary that the director, Eli Roth, didn’t have to work much on the atmosphere since the natural environment was ideal already but instead had a string quartet playing classical music to make it feel cozier and friendlier while shooting.

12. Dracula

In the scene where Professor Abraham Van Helsing (Antony Hopkins) and Jonathan Harker (Keanu Reeves) burst in on Dracula and Mina, Dracula turns into a bat-like creature and scares them away. However, Gary Oldman, who played Dracula, had many problems with this scene, feeling really uncomfortable in the suit and not as scary as the scene required. Francis Ford Coppola advised him to improvise and whisper something creepy into each actor’s ear, which Oldman did with great pleasure. Even though no one knows what he actually said to them, it was apparently horrifying enough judging from how good the scene came out, as they all look absolutely terrified.

Check out the full list and read more: http://list25.com/25-creepy-details-from-your-favorite-horror-films-you-may-not-know/

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