50 Strange Facts about Horror Movies

261408 movie

In the movie 1408, when the clock counts down from 60:00 the movie does indeed end in 60 minutes.


27. For the filming of 28 Days Later, rather than film in a studio or use CGI, shots of abandoned streets of London were filmed just after dawn on location.


28. The 1981 Italian horror film ‘Nightmare’ was so controversial in the UK that the distributor received an 18-month prison sentence for refusing to edit 1 second of violence. The film had already been cut by over 3 minutes.


29. The movie Paranormal Activity only cost $15,000 to produce and made $193.4 million at the box office.


30. In the movie Poltergeist, they used real skeletons. When asked why it was a simple answer, "they were cheaper than the plastic ones."


31Event Horizon

Deleted scenes from 1997's "Event Horizon" were considered lost forever until some reels were found in a salt mine in Transylvania in bad condition.


32. The sound editors of "A Quiet Place" devised the idea of "sound envelopes" to let you hear what each character hears and how they hear it.


33. Watching horror movies can burn up to two hundred calories, the same as a half hour walk.


34. The death of the son's character in Stephen King's Pet Sematary was inspired by the author's own real-life experience. He was able to save his son from a truck on the busy highway near their home but incorporated what could have happened in the book.


35. In the movie ‘The Omen’, the baboon attack on the car in the zoo sequence was accomplished by placing a baboon in the car with Lee Remick. At first, zookeepers used a baby baboon, but the other baboons didn't seem to care. Then they put the alpha baboon in the car, and the rest of them went ape. The terror on Remick's face wasn't acting.


36Nosferatu

Nosferatu was an unauthorized adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula. A court ruling ordered that all copies be destroyed, but one print managed to survive and the film became known as an "influential masterpiece of cinema."


37. In the movie, ‘I Still Know What You Did Last Summer’ the main character gets a Bahamas weekend trip by winning a Radio Contest to answer “What is the capital of Brazil?” Her answer was Rio de Janeiro. Brazil’s capital is not Rio de Janeiro. It is Brasília.


38. The famous head explosion gif, that came from the 1981 movie Scanners, was made by shooting a gelatin cast of Louie Del Grande filled with latex scraps and leftover burgers in the back of the head with a shotgun.


39. In 1991, actor Charlie Sheen contacted the FBI after watching a Japanese Horror Film (Guinea Pig), convinced that the movie depicted footage of an actual murder. After an investigation, the filmmakers were forced to prove that the gore shown in the movie had all been created using special effects.


40. In the Dawn of The Dead movies, the zombies with missing limbs were played by actual amputees.


4128 Weeks Later

The marketing firm for '28 Weeks Later' as part of a viral marketing campaign, sprayed graffiti warnings around UK cities featuring 'ragevirus.com'. However, they forgot to buy the domain, having to fork out for it later.


42. During the filming of "World War Z", the Hungarian Anti-Terrorism Unit raided a warehouse full of prop guns for the film. The guns were all found to be fully functional and had been flown in under false pretenses for the movie.


43. The movie “Silence of the Lambs” was a sequel to a smaller movie named “Manhunter.”


44. During the filming of 'Cabin Fever,' Rider Strong decided to explore the forest alone after a shoot, still in his gruesome makeup. He came across a group of schoolgirls on a field trip, who were horrified, but then recognized him from ‘Boy Meets World,’ and he had to escape from the fangirls.


45. French writer Boris Vian was at the screening of the film version for his story "I Spit on Your Grave". A few minutes after the film began, he reportedly blurted out: "These guys are supposed to be American? My ass!" He then collapsed into his seat and died from sudden cardiac death.


46Jaws

The sharks built for the movie Jaws were collectively named "Bruce," a tribute to Steven Spielberg's lawyer. Bruce the Fish Friendly Shark from Finding Nemo was also a reference to Jaws.


47. The animatronic alien in the movie “Alien” (1979) was covered in 'copious' amounts of K-Y Jelly to give it a 'slimy' effect. Also, Predator's (1987) blood was composed of K-Y Jelly mixed with green glow stick fluid.


48. When The Exorcist premiered in December 1973, it was a major cultural event with people of all ages waiting in long lines to see the film. Many of the filmgoers were not ready for the subject matter in the movie, causing many people to walk out or faint.


49. A study of film-goers heart rates shows that the “Here's Johnny!” scene from The Shining is the scariest moment in the film. Among horror movies, “The Exorcist” is the scariest, sending pulses up by 25.9% on average.


50. Sam Raimi's horror classic ‘The Evil Dead’ is essentially a remake of his previous film ‘Within the Woods’, which features nearly the exact same cast, setting, and plot, and was made on a budget of $1,600 and was shot on 8mm film.

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