ByJancy Richardson, writer at
To avoid fainting, keep repeating 'It's only a movie...It's only a movie...'
Jancy Richardson

Think back to fifteen years ago. It was the year 2000 and you were taking a trip to the video store - because those still existed then! - to check out an awesomely scary horror movie.

Take a look at these crazy facts about early '00s horror movies and relive the scares with a few new surprises...

1. Jeepers Creepers (2001)

Jeepers Creepers, originally entitled Here Comes the Boogeyman, stars the secretly very handsome Jonathan Breck as the Creeper. You may have spotted him without his Creeper make-up on in a brief scene where he appears as a policeman. This was probably a relief for Breck, who was unable to see when he wore the contact lenses that formed a vital part of his villainous costume! Though the Creeper is the main attraction, he never speaks a single line of dialogue - one was written, but was cut from the movie before release.

2. Thir13n Ghosts (2001)

The make-up for this movie was pretty intense. 'The Angry Princess' costume took actress Shawna Loyer FIVE hours to apply, and the character of 'The Torso' was actually played by a double amputee wearing a black hood which allowed SFX to digitally remove his head!

Interestingly enough, Thir13een Ghosts is the first major American movie to star three Arab-American leads (Tony Shalhoub, F. Murray Abraham and Shannon Elizabeth).

3. Cabin Fever (2002)

Jordan Ladd (pictured above) burst into tears when she saw herself in her 'face eaten' make-up - that's how you know the SFX guys have done a great job! In fact, John Neff, a sound mixer for the movie, really did survive a flesh-eating disease before working on Cabin Fever. He insists to this day that the SFX for Cabin Fever are wholly accurate.

Most interesting of all is the story of Robert Jones, a crew member transporting a headless, bloodied body prop home in his car. He was stopped by cops and held at gunpoint until he could finally convince them that the realistic body was a fake!

4. Ghost Ship (2002)

All you Classical History geeks may have worked this one out: the character of Jack Ferriman - played by Desmond Harrington - is a reference to Charon, the ancient Greek ferryman who carries deceased souls across the River Styx and into the underworld. A painting in the great hall scene in the movie also references a fresco of Charon.

5. Darkness Falls (2003)

Darkness Falls had a whole bunch of working titles it could have been released under: The Tooth Fairy, Don't Peek, Fear of the Dark, The Tooth Fairy: The Ghost of Matilda Dixon and The Tooth Fairy: Every Legend Has Its Dark Side.

The final credits run for a whopping 11 minutes - this is because the movie was too short to be eligible for a theatrical release without them!

You know the creepy sound of Matilda Dixon howling away in the darkness? That's a real recording of an old lady moaning from her bed, sped up and slowed down for different parts of the movie.

6. Wrong Turn (2003)

The first movie in the series is the only one that contains no sex or nudity - that all changed in the sequels!

The female lead character, Jessie Burlingame (played by Eliza Dushku) is named for the main female protagonist in Stephen King's novel Gerald's Game. Eliza Dushku did a whole bunch of her own stunts for Wrong Turn and got pretty enthusiastic with it, even accidentally setting Three Finger (Julian Richings) on FIRE on set!

7. Gothika (2003)

Gothika took eight weeks longer to shoot than originally anticipated. Why? Halle Berry broke her arm when co-star Robert Downey Jr. accidentally snapped it during a 'fake' tussle scene on set!

John Carroll Lynch plays a serial killer in the movie - something he got into a habit of... He portrays the Zodiac Killer in Zodiac and also the monstrous Twisty the Clown for American Horror Story: Freak Show.

8. The Grudge (2004)

Remember the terrifying scene when Kayako crawls creepily down the staircase? There are no SFX at play: contortionist Takako Fuji was able to play the role and provide a full gamut of unnatural twists and positions wholly realistically. The sounds that she makes were doctored, however: they were made from a recording of a hair comb running along a surface.

The little boy, Toshio, always appears on screen with his cat. The actor, Yuya Ozeki, was actually terrified of cats in real life, and had to be coaxed into being near the animal for every take.

Check out more late '90s / early '00s horror facts here.


What's your favorite early '00s horror movie?

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