16 Facts You May Not Know About Your Favorite Horror Movies!

by Chelsea Winona about a year ago in pop culture

Facts About the Classics!

16 Facts You May Not Know About Your Favorite Horror Movies!

Here are some facts you may not have known about some of the classics!


1. The Texas Chainsaw Massacrewas originally going to be called "Head Cheese." It was named for the scene in which the hitchhiker details the process of how that particular pork product is made!

Billy the Jigsaw Puppet

2. Saw made its debut in 2004, and a new film has been released for Halloween every year since. The Guinness Records lists the Saw franchise as being the most successful horror movie series of it's time.

'The Fly' Telepod

3. Carol Spier based The Fly telepods on his motorcycle! They are essentially an upside-down Ducati cylinder head.

Buffalo Bill

4. Buffalo Bill from The Silence of the Lambs is based on four real life serial killers. Ted Bundy, Ed Gein, Edmund Kemper, and Gary Heindeck. The suit made out of a woman was inspired by Gein. Ted Bundy lured women in by pretending to be hurt and in need of their help. Gary fashioned a hole in his basement for his victims, And Kemper began his killing spree with his grandparents, as did James Gumb.


5. Although this may not look like the scary clown we all know and love, this is a shot of Tim Curry in the make-up chair. This photo puts to rest the "fact" that people have been throwing around for years, Tim curry's hair was not used for Pennywise's costume. Bart Mixon, FX make-up artist, stated that it was in fact a pillbox red wig.

Michael Myers

6. The infamous Michael Myers's mask in Halloween is really a mask of William Shatner as Captain Kirk in Star Trek that the crew spray-painted white.

'Jaws', Peter Benchley

7. Jaws author and co-screenwriter, Peter Benchley, spent the last decade of his life dedicated to the preservation of sharks. He felt bad after creating such hysteria within Jaws that he felt like it was his obligation to help the sharks afterwards.

The Exorcist

8. The "vomit" in The Exorcist is really Andersen's Pea soup. Campbell's soup was also tried in the movie, but they ended up going with the peas soup because of the horrific green color.

'The Final Destination' Series

9. The Final Destination series is based on a rejected episode of The X Files.

Chucky, Charles Lee Ray

10. In the Chucky franchise the doll's name, Charles Lee Ray, is derived from three different serial killers. Charles Manson, Lee Harvey Oswald, and James Earl Ray.

Poltergeist, (1982)

11. In Poltergeist (1982), real skeletons were used in the muddy pool scene. They were cheaper to use, but they led the actors and crew to believe that the set was cursed afterwards.

Freddy Krueger.

12. Wes Craven based The Nightmare on Elm Street's Freddy Krueger on an old homeless man that he was scared of as a child.

The Shining

13. Author Stephen King admitted in an interview with Playboy Magazine, that he did not like how The Shiningwas portrayed on screen. He said, "Parts of the film are chilling, charged with a relentlessly claustrophobic terror, but others fell flat."

'Carrie,' Sissy Spacek

14. Although Brian De Palma wanted to get a stunt person for the final scene, Sissy Spacek wanted the hand to be real for Carrie's ending. She insisted that she be buried, so the scene could look as real as possible!

Evil Dead II

15. In Evil Dead II, you can see Freddy Krueger’s glove from The Nightmare on Elm Street. It’s hanging above the door in the tool shed.


16. In the original Scream, the high school janitor is named “Fred” and wears a red and green shirt, an allusion to The Nightmare on Elm Street's Freddy Krueger. The film was also directed by Wes Craven, and the character is played by Craven himself.

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