Terror Trivia: 38 Unsettling Facts About Horror Movies

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1Nun

Nun

The demon nun character didn’t exist until about 3 months before Conjuring 2 opened, as she was added during last-minute reshoots.


2. The mask in the Halloween movies is actually a mask of actor William Shatner's face spray painted white.


3. The movie Final Destination originated as a proposed X-Files episode, entitled Flight 180.


4. To create tension between the actors in The Blair Witch Project, they were deliberately given less food each day of filming. Producer Gregg Hale told them: “We’re very concerned about your safety, just not your comfort.”


5. Take This Lollipop was a 2011 interactive horror short film/Facebook app that requested access to your Facebook account, then used info from that account to fill in details of the film. Its goal was to underscore the dangers inherent in posting too much personal information about oneself online.


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6The Human Centipede 2

The Human Centipede 2

An ambulance was stationed outside a screening of The Human Centipede 2 as a joke, until a woman became so physically ill after viewing the film that actual paramedics were needed.


7. Three ultra classic horror films, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Silence of the Lambs, and Psycho, were all loosely based on or inspired by actions or attributes of the infamous necrophiliac serial killer, Ed Gein.


8. The film "Scream" was originally rated 'NC-17' by the MPAA 9 times. To convince them otherwise, Executive Producer Bob Weinstein explained that the MPAA needed to see Scream more as a comedy than a horror film. This completely changed the MPAA's view, and the film's rating was changed to 'R'.


9. In 2007, children were shown The Hills Have Eyes 2 instead of The Last Mimzy in a movie theater in USA. The opening scene of The Hills Have Eyes 2 features a chained naked woman giving birth to a deformed baby.


10. The movie set of "The Omen" (1976 and 2006) was believed to be cursed. Many interesting yet creepy coincidences occurred, such as the set designer dying in the exact way he wanted a particular death scene to happen in the movie.


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11Night of the Living Dead

Night of the Living Dead

When Night of the Living Dead was released in 1968 it was given an afternoon matinee, which meant a large portion of its audience was children.


12. In the iconic door-smashing scene in The Shining, Kubrick originally had a prop door in place. Jack Nicholson, who had worked as a volunteer fire marshal, got through it too quickly, so it was replaced with a real door.


13. Before The Ring (2002)'s release, the tape from the movie was showed during late-night programming, with no reference to the movie. People watching TV late at night might have stumbled across the video, with no idea what it was.


14. Mia Farrow's acceptance of the role of Rosemary in "Rosemary's Baby" angered Frank Sinatra (her new husband) so much that he served her divorce papers in front of the film's entire cast and crew.


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


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1628 Days Later

28 Days Later

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.


17. 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.


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


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


20. 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.


21A Quiet Place

A Quiet Place

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.


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


23. 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.


24. 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.


25. 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."

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