5 Iconic Horror Characters That Were Almost Drastically Different
We’ve told you about how your favorite cinema slashers were almost completely different and, uh, well… there’s more? Horror movies are just FILLED with Easter eggs and behind-the-scenes goings on, so here are five more horror icons that were almost drastically different.
Jason Voorhees wasn’t always going to be named Jason
We know Jason. We love Jason. His grim visage has haunted our nightmares for decades now, and his signature hockey mask has become an icon of an entire genre. The name “Jason” even has sort of an ominous mouthfeel to it these days, you know? It’s all a far cry from his original name: Joshua. Yes, mother’s favorite son was going to strike terror into the hearts of camp counselors as Josh Voorhees. I’d be more scared of Josh Voorhees bumming it on my couch and running the heater all day without chipping in for the bill.
Jigsaw wasn’t always going to use a bathroom for a trap
The Saw franchise is known for a lot of things — insanely elaborate death traps that look more like OK Go videos than horror films; an antagonist that died three movies deep in a now eight-film series; and a clever first entry set entirely in a filthy bathroom. One of those things were almost not to be! In a very early version of the movie, Saw was going to be set in an elevator rather than a restroom. But really, it’s not a horror movie until someone has to dig through human excrement in the hopes of finding a clue that might save them from self-amputation. So Jigsaw sent his subjects off to the loo!
Grandpa Hugo Firefly was going to have a bigger role in House of 1000 Corpses
House of 1000 Corpses was Rob Zombie’s 2003 directorial debut and was closer to a 90-minute music video than anything else. One of the small bits of comic relief in the film was the lecherous Grandpa Hugo, played by the late Dennis Fimple. A bright spot in an otherwise unimaginably bleak movie, Hugo was originally going to be revealed as the primary antagonist of the film (a character that would go on to be creatively named Dr. Satan). Luckily, Rob took it easy on us and let him just stay an old creep, and not an old creep that would end up scalping Chris Hardwick underground.
Ash Williams was originally going to be trapped by treasure hunters in Evil Dead II
In Evil Dead II, we see Bruce Campbell’s Ash Williams don his chainsaw hand and boomstick to destroy hordes of “Deadites”, but that wasn’t always the plan. One version of the story originally had Ash chained up inside the series’ trademark cabin by treasure hunters. In terms of script changes, it’s not a huge shift, but just the existence of “treasure” in general in this universe is sort of weird. Obviously, once Army of Darknesshappened, all bets were off and stuff got REAL out of hand in the best way possible. But in Evil Dead II, treasure hunters wouldn’t have been much of a match for Ash’s chin.
Freddy Krueger originally wore a different colored sweater
We all know Freddy Krueger, bastard son of 1000 maniacs, murderer of lil’ tykes, invader of dreams, pun enthusiast. One of the most iconic things about Fredward is his hideous sweater, a red-and-green stripey number that is just super unsettling to the eyeballs. It turns out this sweater was originally supposed to be red and yellow, based on the colors of Plastic Man, another famous shape-shifter from pop culture. Luckily, Wes Craven learned that red and green clash more than any other colors on the spectrum, and we were saved from a Ronald McDonald-ass dream killer.