Blog: 17 Unexpected Things you didn’t know about your Favourite Horror Films

Blog: 17 Unexpected Things you didn’t know about your Favourite Horror Films

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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…

 

  1. 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

 

  1. 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

 

  1. Psycho(1960)

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.

 

 

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My Friend Dahmer – A Quick Capsule Review

My Friend Dahmer – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
A very low key look at the early days of serial killer Jefferey Dahmer.  There’s little blood or gore here , instead the film choses to focus on the events that helped shape and form the teenager who would eventually become one of America’s most notorious serial murderers. Based on the book by  Derk Backderf, the film is incredibly low key and the direction by Meyers more functional that standout.  It wont connect for everyone, but those interest in just how a killer is formed this provides an interesting insight.

Best Bit: Excellent central performance by Ross Lynch

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: The Silence Of The Lambs, Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, Zodiac

 

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The 25 Best… 90’s Movies!

The 25 Best… 90’s Movies!

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In our latest regular feature, coming out the first Friday of each month, Phil (of Phil’s Quick Capsule Review)  along with podcaster Josh Morris, Writer Mike Parkin, Grosse Point Geek’s Will Strong and Motion Picture Manic Jamie Robinson breakdown the 25 Best Films Of each major film decade.

 

This time out: The 1990’s

The close but no cigar Films: Apollo 13, Fight Club, Schindler’s List, Speed, The Usual Suspects, Dumb and Dumber, The Silence Of The Lambs, Waynes World, Empire Records, In the Line Of Fire, JKF

 

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My Favourite… Jonathan Demme Film

My Favourite… Jonathan Demme Film

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As death continues it’s relentless march through the gifted and talented of TV and film, My Favourite… celebrates those we have lost by taking a look at a slice of their best work. Well sometimes best, sometimes just the one I like the most.

This time out: My Favourite…. Jonathan Demme (1944-2017) Film

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THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS (1991)

A young F.B.I. cadet must confide in an incarcerated and manipulative killer to receive his help on catching another serial killer who skins his victims.

Jonathan Demme’s Oscar winning horror thriller wasn’t the first Hannibal Lecter film. But it’s the one everyone remembers.  Endlessly spoofed and homaged, The Silence of The lambs gave us career defining performances from both Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins whilst cementing Demme as one of Hollywood’s hottest directors.  TV, film and books would follow but few would get as close to the public consciousness as this film did.

Sadly Demme would struggle to hit the heights of Lambs again (Philadelphia being the notable exception) but if you are going to leave a mark there are far worse ways to do it.

 

See also: Philadelphia, Married To The Mob

 

 

Phil’s Top 5… Oscar Best Picture Winners

Phil’s Top 5… Oscar Best Picture Winners

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Each week Phil, from Phil’s Quick Capsule Review, takes a look at a different movie or TV related Top Five.  This time out: to celebrate this years Academy Awards, I take a look at my favourite 5 Best Picture Winners.  No Crash is NOT included.

 

Close but no cigar: Braveheart, The Godfather, Platoon, The Deer Hunter, The French Connection, The Unforgiven

5 – The Silence Of The Lambs
It’s an amazing accomplishment which finishes on a high with some of the best fantasy action ever captured on film.  It’s infinitely rewatchable and even the multiple drawn out endings cant take away it’s enjoyment.

4 –  The Silence Of The Lambs
One of the best horror thrillers, it features a memorable protagonist and an excellent central performer by Foster.  So good is  The Silence Of The Lambs that numerous sub-par sequels have failed to take away from it’s lustre. (See also Hannibal on TV for Lecter done well)

3 –  Rocky
The definitive boxing movie and probably the definitive sports film, most people forget Rocky was a Best Picture Winner. So iconic it’s still referenced all these years later.

2 – Schindlers List
Spielberg finally recognised after years of snubs, Schindlers List is a heart wrenching true story directed with brutality and flair. It packs and emotional punch and hasn’t been dulled by age or familiarity.

1 – The Godfather Part 2
The second best Gangster film and one of a few films where the sequel out shines the original, The Godfather Part 2 is epic filmmaking at it’s height.  Who needs Brando.