10 Horror Movie Trivia Facts That Will Make You Sound Like a Film Buff
If you want to know how to get annoying family members to avoid speaking to you at family gatherings, just bring up the following horror movie trivia facts during polite conversation! When your mom yells at you for scaring your little cousin Jeremy, you can defend yourself — you’re just an innocent film buff wanting to share interesting information with the boy! (Or just read these trivia facts because you like trivia facts. #LiveYourLife)
Hannibal Lecter once dated Martha Stewart
Anthony Hopkins was so good in The Silence of the Lambs that he won a Best Actor Oscar despite only being onscreen for a total of 16 minutes. And apparently, he was just as creepy off-screen. Hopkins’ then-girlfriend, Martha Stewart (Yes, THAT Martha Stewart), left him after the film was released. When asked about the breakup, Stewart said she “loved him but he was… scary”.
Nightmare On Elm Street was inspired by an actual condition
Wes Craven found his inspiration for Nightmare on Elm Street while reading a series of articles about a real condition called Sudden Unexpected Nocturnal Death Syndrome (SUNDS), which was killing young men. Victims of this condition die during their sleep because the heart slows down, making any inherent issues more likely to occur. Most of the young victims were of Southeast Asian descent, and many were refugees from conflicts like the Vietnam War and Cambodia. There’s no explanation for the condition or ways to test it, but obviously they weren’t murdered by a dream-dwelling monster named Freddy Krueger… or were they?! :/
One Candyman actor had a mouth full o’ bees
In The Candyman, Tony Todd had to put real bees in his mouth to film the movie’s climax (he wore a mouth guard, but was still stung because he was so calm). Also, lead actress Virginia Madsen was really hypnotized for some scenes so she could portray her trance authentically. (Basically, Candyman is the most method horror movie there is.)
Poltergeist was authentic AF
The skeletons in Poltergeist are not props–they are real human skeletons.
Final Destination was almost an episode of a TV show
Final Destination was based off of a rejected episode of The X-Files.
The Scream killer was almost problematic
The killer’s robe in Scream was originally supposed to be white. The directors changed it to black because they were afraid it looked too similar a KKK robe. (Yeaaahhhh, that was probably a good call.)
Paranormal Activity inspires paranormal activity
The first Paranormal Activity movie was Oren Peli’s directorial debut. It was made for only $15,000 and grossed $193 million worldwide. Steven Spielberg, whose DreamWorks Studios was considering distributing Paranormal Activity, took a DVD of the movie home to watch, but got freaked out when the door to his bedroom locked by itself. Spielberg famously carried the DVD to work in a trash bag because he thought it was haunted. Despite thinking this, Spielberg loved the movie and suggested a new ending that was used in the theatrical release.
The Halloween mask was played by a famous actor
The mask in Halloween is actually a modified version of a William Shatner Star Trek mask. The production bought the cheapest mask they could find at a Halloween store and spray-painted it white.
The Shining nearly had a different cast
Both Robert De Niro and Robin Williams were considered for the role of Jack in The Shining. Director Stanley Kubrick chose against them, though. He didn’t believe De Niro was psychotic enough after seeing him in Taxi Driver (really?!) and thought Robin Williams was “too psychotic” after watching his performance in the sitcom Mork & Mindy (makes sense).
The Blair Witch Project sure SEEMED legit
It only took nine days to film The Blair Witch Project, and lead actress Heather Donahue was worried that the film’s directors, Eduardo Sánchez and Daniel Myrick, planned to make a snuff film (a pornographic film of an actual murder). Also, some people thought the movie was real. Donahue’s mother received sympathy cards from people who genuinely thought her daughter was missing.
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