ByEvan Lee, writer at
"A day without laughter is a day wasted." -Charlie Chaplin .
Evan Lee

#1 In the movie Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles, actors would hang upside down for 30 minutes until blood rushed to their heads. Why in the hell would they do that? By doing this the make-up artists were able to trace the veins on their faces in order to create the "veiny" undead look.

#2 The Exorcist is one of many films considered "cursed". One actress was injured during filming, two actors died before the film released, a fire destroyed half of the set and Warner Bros. was almost sued because a moviegoer fainted while watching the film, and broke their jaw.

#3 Who's hungry? The Sawyer family house from The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is now a restaurant.

#4 We use strippers: Showgirl Marli Renfro was a body double in the movie Psycho for actress Janet Leigh. Oh, by the way, it was chocolate syrup that was used as blood during the shower scene.

#5 Jack Nicholson is well known for his iconic role as Jack Torrance in The Shinning ... Did you know there were other A-list actors considered for the role though? Both Robert De Niro and Robin Williams were considered for the role of Jack... But! Stanley Kubrick didn't believe Robert De Niro was psychotic enough and Robin Williams was considered way "too psychotic" after watching his performance in Mork & Mindy.

#6 So many of us love the movie Friday the 13th, but did you know there's an actual phobia of the number 13? It's called "Triskaidekaphobia", and "Paraskevidekatriaphobia" is the fear of Friday the 13th. Who knew?!

#7 Star Trek meets Halloween. Since the Halloween was shot on a low budget, the prop department had to use the cheapest mask that they could find. That mask was a Star Trek, William Shatner mask. The team later spray paints the entire face white, reshapes the eyes and hair. Shatner had no idea about this until years later in an interview. Shatner was very flattered and honored.

#8 Night of the Living Dead went through two title changes. Originally it was going to be called "Night Of The Flesh Eaters", but another film at the time had the title. The second title was called "Night of Anubis", and that didn't go through, because of the same reasons as the first title. Did I mention that the extras who played the zombies were promised to be paid $1.00, all you can eat buffet, and a T-shirt that said "I was a zombie on Night of the Living Dead"?

#9 Candyman: Those are real bees in actor Tony Todd's mouth. He wore a mouth guard, and the only reason the bees never stung was because Todd remained calm, yikes!

#10 Conjuring: Some theaters in the Philippines hired priests to bless certain moviegoers because they complained that they felt a "negative presence" after watching the movie... Could it be that you're scared?

#11 Real skeletons were used in the movie Poltergeist since they were so much cheaper than the plastic ones. Well, then...

#12 Did anyone notice that the name "Elm Street" is never mentioned (spoken) in the movie called "A Nightmare on Elm Street"? Thanks for the cool fact, Jesse!

#13 . It took only 8 days to film The Blair Witch Project (it made $249 million worldwide on a $20,000-25,000 budget!). Also, actress Heather Donahue was worried that the director planned to make a snuff film.

#14 Children of the Corn: If you look closely inside of the main vehicle, there's a book sitting on top of the dashboard. That book is a copy of Stephen King’s Night Shift. Children of the Corn short story was published in Night Shift.

#15 Psycho was the first time a flushing toilet was shown on screen... I can't believe I forgot about this!

#16 An American Werewolf in London is the first movie to win an Academy Award for Best Makeup.

#17 There's an alternate (happy ending) to John Carpenter's Thing, but the public will most likely never see it.

#18 Bates High in the film Carrie is named after Norman Bates from Psycho.

#19 I kinda cheated on this one: E.T. was originally written as a horror film... Still an interesting fact!

#20 In The Ring, they filmed Samara (Daveigh Chase) walking backwards and then reversed the shot in order to create the creepy walk.


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