Blog: 17 Unexpected Things you didn’t know about your Favourite Horror Films
Did you know that the radiologist’s assistant in The Exorcist was a convicted murderer who dismembered and killed gay men in the late ’70s? or that the Babadook became a a gay icon and was even the symbol for Gay Pride month in parts of America? Here’s a list of our Our 17 unexpected horror facts…
- The Exorcist (1973)
Paul Bateson played a radiologist’s assistant in The Exorcist. He was a convicted murderer who dismembered and killed gay men in the late ’70
- Alien (1979)
The actors were not informed that the xenomorph was going to explode from Kane’s chest. This enabled genuine reactions from the cast. Veronica Cartwright even passed out
It was the first movie to ever show a toilet being flushed
4. Poltergeist (1982)
Four of the cast in the original film died within six years of the film’s release data. One of those was Heather O’Rourke (the girl in the gif) and because of this, the belief that the film was cursed arose.
5. Night of the living dead (1968)
The Night of the Living Dead was shot in black and white. This means that they didn’t have modern film challenges to make the fake blood look realistic. When Karen Cooper (Kyra Schon) takes a bite of her dad’s flesh, she’s actually biting into some leftover lunch.
6. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Anthony Hopkins was only on camera for just under 25 minutes. He was barely in the movie but he still took home the Oscar for Best Actor that year.
7. The Shining (1980)
The carpet is the same design in The Shining and the second floor landing of Sid’s house in Toy Story.
8. The Amityville Horror (2005)
The cast and crew of The Amityville Horror kept waking up at 3 am while filming. That’s the same time the original murders took place.
9. Split (2016)
James McAvoy broke his hand while filming Split in 2016. The incident occurred after he hit a door that he thought was fake. It was actually solid metal.
10. The Conjuring (2013)
During filming, Vera Farmiga experienced several instances of paranormal activity, including finding claw marks on her thighs.
11. Get Out (2017)
It’s no secret that Get Out has many references about American slavery. The teacup is symbolic to slave masters that summon house slaves using teacups.The use of a silver spoon can be seen as meaningful because of the term “born with a silver spoon in one’s mouth”.
12. The Cabin in the Woods (2012)
Jules kisses the wolf head on the wall. The wolf’s tongue was covered in powdered sugar to make it look dusty but also to make the scene more tolerable for Anna.
13. Saw (2004)
Saw was actually inspired by a news story. The idea came about when James Wan saw a news report that described a man who would break into people homes and tickle the feet of sleeping children. Once the man in question was caught, he revealed that he was forced to do it by someone else & was sent a jigsaw piece. This is where the idea of the jigsaw killer forcing characters to do unthinkable things flourished.
14. Halloween (1978)
Due to its limited budget, the prop department used the cheapest $2 mask they could find in the costume store. That mask happened to be of the Star Trek actor William Shatner. They spray-painted the face white, teased the hair out and reshaped the eye socket.
15. The Shining (1980)
Stanley Kubrick created all 500 pages with the words “all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”. Kubrick didn’t go to the prop department with the task and instead he used his own typewriter to make the pages.
16. Candyman (1992)
Real bees were actually put into lead actor Tony Todd’s mouth while shooting the finale.
17. The Babadook
The Babadook is a gay icon. It started at the end of 2016, when a Tumblr user started a thread about how he thought the Babadook was gay. The joke lead to the Babadook becoming a symbol for Gay Pride month in parts of America.