exactly seven words). This is only a random sampling of some random horror trivia. Feel free to share yours in the comments below!
1. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) was originally a horror movie
Steven Spielberg directed Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), a darker sequel, tentatively titled Night Skies, was pitched that featured aliens who could kill with their fingertips. Surely, only soldiers with
2. Speaking of which, so was Inception (2010)
A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987) (more BWWAAAHMs, perhaps?). Inception later evolved into a heist movie because, according to Nolan, the horror genre didn't provide enough emotional stakes. Tell that to Heather Langenkamp.
3. The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) is the longest-running release in film history
This piece of trivia is courtesy of nutjobs (sorry, "fans") who religiously attend midnight screenings at hole-in-the-wall theaters. I mean, sure, if your idea of fun is to dress up in costume, yell back lines during extended pauses between dialogue and throw props at various times during the film, then great! I'm fine with just staring at Susan Sarandon.
4. Also, the skeleton clock from The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) had a real skeleton in it
5. The movie Poltergeist (1982) used real skeletons too
Poltergeist in which mom Diane Freeling (JoBeth Williams, aka, stone-cold MILF) runs outside during a storm (wearing nothing but an oversized T-shirt) and slips and falls into the family's future swimming hole/present mud pit is horrible for a number of reasons: 1.) night swimming is scary, 2.) the downpour has made the mud slippery, therefore it's impossible to escape, and 3.) SKELETONS! "You son of a bitch! You moved the cemetery, but you left the bodies, didn't you? You son of a bitch, you left the bodies and you only moved the headstones! You only moved the headstones! Lies! Lies!" Yes, the skeletons in the pool are real because they were CHEAPER than buying props.
6. When filming The Shining (1980), the little boy didn't know it was a horror film
Seven-year-old Danny Lloyd, who played Jack Nicholson's fictional son Danny Torrance, thought he was filming a drama. He didn't realize it was a horror film until he was 13, and he didn't see the movie in its entirety until he was 17. If he only waited seven more years, he could've just seen the three-part ABC TV miniseries. Sadly, Courtland Mead's (1997's Danny Torrance) entire life has been a horror movie.
7. Robin Williams was considered for the lead role in The Shining (1980)
8. Tony Todd (The Candyman) had to put real bees into his mouth in Candyman (1992)
9. In the Friday the 13th film franchise, Jason was originally named Josh
friend Jason, on the other hand? He'd soon's kill you as look at you. Granted, in the first Friday the 13th (1980), Josh/Jason isn't yet the hockey-masked killer. He's just a poor kid who doesn't know how to swim. BUT STILL.
10. The original ending for Freddy vs. Jason (2003) had them meeting Pinhead in hell
11. The animatronic spider in Arachnophobia (1990) was created by Jamie Hyneman
Jamie Hyneman is better known today as the grumpy beret'd host of the Discovery Channel's popular TV show, MythBusters. But before that, one of his earliest special effects gigs was on the set of Arachnophobia, wielding magnets for many of the spider effects. In Popular Science magazine, he revealed that he also helped construct the giant animatronic queen spider used during the climactic battle sequences. In other words, you have this weirdo and his giant walrus mustache to thank for your one of your biggest irrational fears.
12. In The Room (2003), Mark (Greg Sestero) was named after Matt Damon
Tommy Wiseau thought his name was Mark Damon.