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  1. TheCraftyWhiteFox

    Oc and Mlp!

    So I am curious about many things. so with that comes many queastions! First off, who is your favorite pony? WHY? Your favorite background pony or side character? WHY? Why did you create your original character? was it based off of another character of mlp? based off yoursefl? for kicks and giggles? how many oc's do you have? why? and your favorite episode or more? mine is rainbowdash because i love her attitude, competivness, and stubborness. I love scootaloo,because she is just as stubborn as rd, neat colors scheme, and though she isnt as good as rd, she still loves herself for who she is. luna because all she wanted was someone to love her and she was ignored and years later, after much efort, finally got what she disiered., and derpy because even though she is different she is one of the most beloved bp. she's my personal hero . i created an oc because someone showed that you could, and i based it off of my want to be self. i have a million and a half - so my friends tell me. i guess it's because i can't decide what says me. or i find a new style or colors id rather use. she is Fox, after my artist name The craftyWhite fox Lightning Stormweaver has a similar attitude, and cocky ass self way about her like rd, but this is what id say most fits me. Amina starweaver is a roleplaying character i created based off of myself. she desires to fly, but her magic is bringing the north star into the night and bringing hope and guiding ponies when they are lost. adel Wanderer became a dragon queen, after her family from centuries past had lost a battle and was banished from equestria. she teaMS UP WITH A WATER DRAGON NAMed adelind, who is the rightful heir but due to an evil dragon named Daygone, she hasn't been able take over--- Script from the story- the last breath of adelind faded like a smoky wisp into the heavy ashy air. wanderer looked up in dispare. why did i fail? tears came bursting wetting her muzzel as she stared blankly at the dragon corpse befor her. "you were supposed to bring peace to the dragon lands!" wanderer cried out. you were supposed to always be there... adelind..." wanderer's voice began to weaken with every word she spoke. flags fluttered in the fire and wind, and subtle movements of the Airbattlion as they flapped their wings where all but moved and singed.in the twilight's break - not a breath was heard- saddness covered the land- anger, pain and lonliness filled her. luna came up behind wanderer- "you did what you could..." Daygone gave an evil laugh wich sent shivvers down every ponies back- except- wanderer's. he flapped his heavy midnight leathery wings in the air gaining hight over all the ponies and the like. "you have been defeated weakling. to think you could ever beat me with your thousands of puny ponies and weak royalty- you are nothing, but a coward." "a coward? you are....?" wanderer started. she was stop short by a small blue and firy wisp. "what was once mine- now is yours." it was adelind's voice. suddenly wanderer felt warmth and light inside her. she fealt stronger, lighter, her mind was cleaerer. "wanderer!" luna gasped. wanderer turned to face the princess. "what is it?" "your.. cutie mark.. you have.. your cutie mark!" her heart rushed as she turned to examine her hind- sure enough there it was. a rich royal blue line was formed into a dragon... adelind... thirteen points, like adelind's spikes, and the tail was three colors- purple blue and yellow. adelind's words still fresh in her mind suddelny made sense. "oh- whats wrong weakling- scared to face me? alone..." daygone hadnt seen anything. wanderer thought to her self. "No! daygone. im not afraid to face you! it is you who is afraid to face us!" wanderer started at a full gallop and with a sudden burst wanderer was in the air. there was a gasp in the crowds. everypony struggled to cover their eyes in that burst, blinded by wanderer's firy new wings. luna, twilight and celestia took off in flight right behind wanderer when they saw the fear in daygone's dragon eyes. daygone was befunndled- he had no time to react- she was flying too fast. wanderer had a smile on her face as she saw his fear. she did a 180 turn and landed a powerful kick to daygone's chest. rainbow dash was cheering- squealing with delight- she turned to an almost unrecognizable applejack who was yelling- "i taught her that!" rarity , knowing that they were safe turned to an unconceious spike, bleeding from daygone's talon on his side. pinky pie was cheering firing up fireworks- fluttershy turned to pinky with a shy bemusment. how did you know she would be ok? "ok fluttershy, dont ya know? it's my pinky sense. i already knew she would make it so i brought along alittle celebration pakage to ya know- celibrate!" the friends laughed together. the battle had finally ended. celestia luna and twilight sealed daygone away and flew back up to wanderer. slowly they decended to gether and the battlions and malitia gathered around them. wanderer's wings slowly dissapeared as she touched ground. wanderer became sad when she heard adelind speak in a wispered voice- "the wings you keep always with you, you are an alicorn as your species would call it. " "will you always be here with me adel?" wanderer asked in her mind. "always little one. i promised and so i shall keep, even in my physical death." "but how?" "your cutie mark is my soul. and with that so i shall be with you always." "wanderer." celestia addressed. wanderer turned to face the princess. "you have not only saved our race, but restored the peace between our lands. in doing so you have shown leadership, love , kindness, happiness, generosity, truth and even a greater magic then what i might have guessed." celestia then turned to twilight. she took a step forward. "wanderer. this path as an alicorn isnt easy, but with the friendship and support you have with you till death, it is worth it. as an alicorn comes responsibilities. when i became one i was afraid. but what luna and celestia taught me, and with my friends at my side- i realized- i can do this. , your friends, Fallenstar, sunnyrayshine, tranglam, lightningblitz and thorn, they will be there to help you, as well as pinkypie, fluttershy rarity, rainbowdash, and applejack." wanderer stood there silent for a moment. being a queen of the dragons wasnt going to be easy, but if they were all here- they would always be here. luna spoke. " you are the new queen of thses lands, so i will asign you, and may your rule over this kingdom be a great one." luna bowed as did the other princesess and the battlion and malitia. to be continued.... Nagare boshi means fallen star, but a friend of mine took it and used it for his oc name. sghe was my first oc. she was an alicorn of the galexies, but was beaten down by a darkness and she landed in equestria and lost her wings. and a bullshitting around pony designed after qorphan tears song. loved it! I thing too many pinky pies and flutter bat episodes would have to be my favorites! Now , telll me your story by answering the queastions above! add pictures of your oc if you like and so on!
  2. Now you may be asking yourself what The Terminator is doing as an entry in my incredibly sporadic horror movie trivia onslaught. You see, I make the argument that The Terminator is very much a slasher flick, very much like other 80s movies about a near-indestructible engine of destruction going on a rampage and racking up an impressive body count until one lone survivor, a lady, is left alone to fight it. The only difference is that instead of knifes and stabbing weapons, there are guns. Lots and lots of guns. That, and it's the movie's 30th anniversary today, and it's one of my favorite movies, and I'm in charge here, so we're doing The Terminator. If you don't like it... - The movie is based on a nightmare director James Cameron had in which a metal torso is crawling away from a fire with a fistful of kitchen knifes. He used this as the basis of a stylish slasher story, which he thought up to be in the same vein as John Carpenter's Halloween. See, I told you. Cameron's agent thought his idea for the film wasn't worth pursuing. Cameron fired his agent. - James Cameron was married to producer Gale Anne Hurd at the time. He sold her the rights to his story for $1. - The original story involved two terminators getting sent back, one a cyborg and one a liquid metal shape-shifter. James Cameron realized that special effects at the time wouldn't come close to what he envisioned for the latter, so the idea of the two terminators was held off for any potential sequel. - OJ Simpson was considered for the role of the Terminator, but James Cameron couldn't see him as a killer. Instead, he wanted actor Lance Henriksen to portray the Terminator, based on the fact that he looked normal, and the Terminator should blend in with a crowd like an infiltrator should. Arnold Schwarzenegger became involved when Orion Pictures wanted him for the role of Kyle Reese. James Cameron absolutely hated the idea, so he schemed to distance Arnold from the project by picking a fight with him during their meeting. But they got along swimmingly, and Cameron was entertained by Arnold's ideas on how the Terminator should be portrayed. After seeing what Arnold's face looked like when he stood still and emotionless, Cameron was convinced the guy would make "a hell of a terminator," regardless of the fact that Arnold is probably the last guy who could blend into a crowd. - Because of Arnold Schwarzenegger's casting, production had to wait while he shot Conan the Destroyer. In the meantime, James Cameron wrote Rambo: First Blood Part 2 and the best frigging movie ever made. - The Terminator was brought to life by the late great Stan Winston. He would go on to help design and give life to the xenomorphs in Aliens, the Predator, Edward Scissorhands's hands, all the physical effects for the T-1000, the dinosaurs in Jurassic Park, the Iron Man suits, and many more of the your favorite special effects from the past thirty years or so. - Sarah Connor is suppose to be 19 here. - The producers wanted Kyle Reese to have a robot dog, and at one point it was suggested that the Terminator drink some alcohol and act silly like E.T. - The laser sight on the Terminator's pistol required an external power source, so a battery was rigged up in Arnold Schwarzenegger's sleeve. - Linda Hamilton spent most of the production with a sprained ankle. - The movie originally ended with the tanker exploding, but James Cameron found this to not be hardcore enough. It was also written into the script that the Terminator gains a limp right before his skin gets burned off so it'd be easier to animate the endoskelton and make it look like it had the same range of motion as before it got toasted. - Arnold Schwarzenegger trained with firearms for three months before shooting began, to the point that he was almost robotic in his movements. It paid off: the use of guns in this movie earned praise for being far more realistic than other action movies at the time. - The Terminator glowing eye piece that Arnold Schwarzenegger had to wear later in the movie burned him whenever it was on. - The set was tense most of the time. Arnold Schwarzenegger was not enjoying himself, almost every action scene took place at night, leading to a very to-the-minute production, and James Cameron was easily irritated by people who came to him with ideas he didn't like. - Total body count of 28. - The car chases were filmed at normal speed and sped up in post. - Oh hai Bill Paxon. - Brad Fidel's musical score was made to sound like the heartbeat of a mechanical man. - The teaser trailer is narrated by Peter Cullen, aka Optimus Prime. - Writer Harlan Ellison swore this movie was a rip off of an Outer Limits episode he wrote and proceeded to squeze some money from Orion Pictures, while James Cameron proceeded to call him, and I quote, "a parasite who can kiss [Cameron's] ass." - If you haven't gathered by now, there is a very real chance you will be murdered by James Cameron. -There's a reason Kyle Reese starts making pipe bombs out of nowhere. A deleted scene has Sarah Connor and Reese decide to destroy Cyberdyne Systems before it can unleash Skynet on the world, another idea held off for a potential sequel. But what are the odds of that happening?! - The Terminator is the only film character to appear both the American Film Institute's Top 50 Villains list and their Top 50 Heroes list. - Arnold Schwarzenegger wanted the line changed to "I will be back" because it was easier for him to say in his accent. James Cameron refused, and, well, y'know... http://youtu.be/-YEG9DgRHhA Happy 30th Anniversary, The Terminator. http://youtu.be/5C6GZQ7UNaU
  3. A dang fine slasher movie, this is, even if its sequels decided to become the dumb movies the original was making fun of. Beware of spoilers. - Wes Craven wasn't planing on making another violent horror film, but his fans kept asking him to do something like The Hills Have Eyes again. - The Ghostface Killer's mask is based off the Edvard Munch painting The Scream, but it wasn't designed specifically for the movie. It was actually based on a costume that had been in stores since the early 90s that the filmmakers thought looked cool. They were in the process of designing a similar but drastically altered mask before Dimension Films was able to work out a deal with the costume company and use the original design. The cloak was originally envisioned as all white as part of the ghost motif, but it was decided that black looked scarier. - Whenever the killer is on the phone, he is voiced by Roger L. Jackson, otherwise known as the voice of Mojo Jojo. Instead of the filmmakers editing in prerecorded lines, Jackson actually showed up on set and performed his part live with the other actors through a cell phone. The police showed up at one point because they thought a real serial killer was calling people, which makes me wonder why the heck the police were listening to the phone calls in the first place. - Though she was the top-billed star, it was Drew Barrymore that suggested she be cast as the character who doesn't make it past the first twenty minutes. In order to stay consistently frazzled throughout the shoot, Wes Craven told her stories of animal abuse so she'd cry. - The killer's knife is based off the Buck 120 Hunting Knife, which has been discontinued after customers complained that the blade was too big for gutting animals. - The inclusion of a cover of "Don't Fear the Reaper" is an homage to its use in Halloween when Michael Myers is following his future victims in a car. Scream's version plays when Billy sneaks in through Sydney's window to talk to her. - The Most Subtle Reference In Film History, a one act play starring Wes Craven. - Also making an appearance is Linda Blair as the reporter who harasses Sydney outside of the school. - When Billy is stabbed by the umbrella in the finale, actor Skeet Ulrich's scream of pain is real, as the umbrella accidentally hit his chest, which contained metal wiring from his open heart surgery. - The killer ritualistically cleaning his blade after each kill was thought up by stuntman Dane Farewell. - Casey saying the only good Nightmare of Elm Street was the first one was a very deliberate jab by Wes Craven. - David Arquette took on the movie because he thought Dewey was gonna be the heroic, handsome type. He was supposed to die at the end, but the positive test audience reaction to the character saved him. - Matthew Lillard, the man who was born to be Shaggy, improvised quite a bit in the movie. His reaction to the phone accidentally being dropped on him in the climax was kept in the movie due to its realism/hilarity. - The principal got axed because the movie was going too long without a death. - Actor Kevin Patrick Walls went out for the role of Billy, but he didn't get it, of course. To make up for it, he got to play Casey's unlucky boyfriend in the opening. - The high school originally picked for the film called off the shooting at the last minute when they found out Scream was a horror film, much to the annoyance of the producers. The end credits thus state "NO THANKS WHATSOEVER TO THE SANTA ROSA CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT GOVERNING BOARD." - That's Wes Craven under the mask when the killer grabs Casey through the window and receives a face-full of phone. - Jamie Kennedy has the same first name as Jamie Lee Curtis, which makes this funnier: - Despite playing the older character, David Arquette is actually younger than many of the actors playing teenagers. - If you pay attention to some background details in the final act of the movie, it's actually hinted at who the killer is before the reveal. When running from the killer throughout the house, Sydney ends up quickly running through Stu's room, which is adorned with very creepy, serial killer-friendly memorabilia. - The movie was release around Christmas time because no there film appealing to horror fans was out at the time. It opened at #4 at the box office, but word of mouth brought it up to #1 in the next few weeks. - The use of caller ID trippled after Scream came out. No, you don't. Trust me.
  4. Y'know, for a horror movie where the monster could easily be defeated if you kicked him hard enough across the room, the original Child's Play ain't half bad. Not a masterpiece by any standards, but it's good fun. Take a seat, Annabelle. - Originally named "Batteries Not Included", but changed when it was found out Steven Spielberg was producing a movie with the same name. - Child's Play was originally meant to be a satire of marketing aimed at children before it became a horror flick. In the story's original form, Chucky was named Buddy and was not possessed by a psychopath's soul, and was instead a projection of Andy's frustration and loneliness and went after Andy's "enemies," such as his teachers and babysitter. So it's like E.T., but better. - Chucky's real name, Charles Lee Ray, is a reference to serial killers Charles Manson, Lee Harvey Oswald, and James Earl Ray. - Chucky was designed by Kevin Yagher, who also designed the Crypt Keeper tweaked Freddy Kruger for Freddy's Revenge and more or less solidified the classic look of that character. - Brad Dourif, the voice of Chucky, ran around the recording studio before every take to give the performance a frantic edge. This resulted in him nearly passing on one or two occasions. - The original film caused quite a stir when it was released, with protesters at MGM Studios claiming it would incite violence in children. United Artists ended up disowning the movie when it was in talks to be bought out by a studio unwilling to make horror movies, and the sequel rights went to Universal. - A copy of Child's Play 2 sits on Jerry's shelf on Seinfeld. - Peter Jackson was asked to direct Child's Play 3. - At some point, Chucky loses his right hand in each of the first three movies. - The opening scene in Bride of Chucky features cameos from Jason Vorhees's and Michael Myers's masks, Freddy Krueger's glove, Leatherface's chainsaw, the Puppetmaster's puppets, and the crate from Creepshow. - The doll sex scene in Bride was improvised. How could you not love that movie? - Because Seed of Chucky was so outside of the type of movie Focus Features usually released, they creaked Rouge Pictures just to release this movie. The last movie they released was Movie 43. Guess that explains where they went. - Glen/Genda is voiced by Billy Boyd aka Freaking Pippin the hobbit. That's not a fun fact or anything, I just think that's really funny. - If you ever get the chance, check out the latest movie, Curse of Chucky. It's surprisingly good, best one since the first. Oh god no.
  5. This one is exceedingly overdue, but today we come to the modern masterpiece from the Mexican maestro's mind, Pan's Labyrinth. I was actually questioning whether this film could be counted as a horror film or if it was just fantasy of the darker variety. Never mind. - Guillermo del Toro keeps a large collection of notes and sketches that he uses to generate ideas and stories for his films. The notes on Pan's Labyrinth were once lost in the backseat of a British cab. Del Toro was afraid he lost them forever, but the cab driver sought him out just to return the notes. Del Toro took this as a sign that this movie had to be made; he turned down working on The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and gave up his salary to make sure it happened. But when offered Hollywood backing, del Toro refused, not wanting his vision to be compromised. - Intended as an informal sequel to The Devil's Backbone. Originally about a pregnant woman that falls in love with a faun. - The faun in question isn't actually the Pan of Greek mythology, who is known for his sexual escapades and is wholly inappropriate to feature opposite a little girl. That's just the American title; everywhere else in the world, the film is called The Labyrinth of the Faun. - The actor under the Faun and Pale Man makeup is Doug Jones, who you may not recognize as Billy the Zombie from Hocus Pocus, Abe Sapien from the Hellboy movies, and the leader of the Gentlemen from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. A native of Indianapolis, Jones was the only person on set who did not speak Spanish and had to learn the language for the role of the Faun. He was later dubbed over, but Jone's efforts made it so the lip-synch was near perfect. - An actor was almost killed when a horse fell on top of him. - Ofelia was meant to be played by a younger actress, but Ivana Baquero impressed del Toro enough that he slightly rewrote the part to fit the casting. Del Toro sent comic books to Baquero to read so she could get in the right head space. - The Pale Man's saggy skin was inspired by del Toro's recent weight loss. - The captain's quarters were designed to look like the inside of his watch. - There was originally to be a sequence in which Ofelia tells a fairy tale involving a dragon, which of course would had been visualized, but it had to be cut due to budgetary reasons. - The English subtitles were written by del Toro himself, who was not satisfied with the translations of his previous works. - Doug Jones reportedly kept condoms full of fake blood in his mouth for the bit where the Pale Man has a snack. - The Faun's horns weighed ten pounds and were tiring to wear after awhile. - Movie theaters had to put up a warning after people kept taking their kids to see the movie about the little girl who escapes the horrors of fascism and war only to find a monster that tries to eat her alive and a pissy faun. - Stephen King attended a private screening, during which del Toro notice him squirm in his seat during the Pale Man sequence. - Received a 22 minute standing ovation at the Cannes Film Festival. - Hug? Hug.
  6. From a period when horror films were synonymous with demented madmen running around in ski-masks hacking up young virgins, it's cool to see a movie so steeped in love for the classics, when vampires slept in coffins, avoided crucifixes, and freaking murdered your butt. So hot. - The directorial debut of Tom Holland, who felt his previous script wasn't done justice and that he had to handle this one himself. - First vampire film to spend more than a million dollars on its special effects, and it shows. - Peter Vincent was, of course, named after Peter Cushing and Vincent Price, the latter of which Holland had in mind for the role. But Price's health problems and aversion to starring in more horror roles ended that train of thought, and the part eventually went to Roddy McDowall. Price would later thank Holland and McDowall for the homage. - Actor William Ragsdale was cast as Charley on Halloween Night 1984. - Actor Chris Sarandon was the one who suggested that Vampire Jerry would eat a lot of apples because he had some fruit bat in his DNA and was constantly cleansing his pallet after drinking blood. - Roddy McDowall based his performance of the Cowardly Lion. - Actor Stephen Geoffreys was a bit upset people thought he was good fit for the decidedly jackass-y Evil Ed. - The relationship between Jerry and servant Billy was intentionally made homoerotic by Tom Holland. The actors did not pick up on this until late in production. - The special effects team had just completed work on Ghostbusters when production started. One of the puppets they had built for the Ghost Librarian was deemed too scary and was used for Fright Night instead. - Chris Sarandon had experience with make-up in the theater, so he'd work on his elongated vampire fingers will the crew worked on applying make-up to his face. - They wanted Jerry to whistle "Whistle While You Work," but they couldn't get the rights from Disney. - Actress Amanda Bearse wore a breast plate to make her vampire cleavage more...vampire-y. - William Ragsdale broke his ankle during production, resulting in many scenes in the movie being filmed while his leg was still in the cast. - It took 18 hours to apply Stephen Geoffreys's wolf transformation make-up. They meant to put methyl cellulose in his mouth to create a saliva-like substance, but they accidentally used a prosthetic adhesive that was gluing his mouth shut. - Actor Jonathan Stark had to be covered in an assortment of goop for the scene where Billy melts down. He was unable to wash it off on the set, so he drove home covered in slime, at once point scaring the daylights out of a gas station attendant. - The contact lenses worn by the actors were thick, hand painted plastic that could only be worn for 20 minutes at a time due to how painful they were to wear. Stephen Geoffreys had scratches on his eyeballs for months afterwards. - William Ragsdale reaction to seeing Amy's vampire face was genuine; he had not see the make-up until they shot that scene. - Upset that they had not been invited to do the DVD commentary, the actors produced their own DIY commentary. - The remake isn't all that bad, actually, even if it is a bit pointless. Unless watching David Tennant adjust his crotch was a thing you've always wanted to see, in which case this is an important motion picture event. So, um. Yeah, Fright Night rules.
  7. It's that time of year again. The wind is beginning to chill, nature is starting it's transformation into beautiful decay, the days grow shorter, and all matters of spooks and shadows come forth to haunt the landscape once more, serving as harbingers of the most hallowed eve of the year... ...Christmas! D'awwww, look at the lil' guy! Man, this is gonna be the best Christmas ever! Or not. - In the late 70s, Steven Spielberg intended to create a follow-up to Close Encounters of the Third Kind called Night Skies. Instead of nice aliens, this would be a particularly nasty set of buggers terrorizing a family on their farm. The project fell through, but several elements from the story were used for later Spielberg productions: the family-based horror became Poltergeist, the idea of one of the aliens befriending the family's son became E.T., and the gremlin-like monsters wreaking havoc became, well, Gremlins. - Writer Chris Columbus's was inspired by the creepy noise the mice in his apartment made at night to write a script about little monsters. - Tim Burton was considered a possible director, but he had never directed a feature movie before, so the job went to Joe Dante based, who had just worked with Spielberg on the Twilight zone movie. - Both Judd Nelson and Emilio Estevez were considered for the role of Billy, while both Jon Pertwee (the Third Doctor) and Mako (Uncle Iroh) were considered for Mr. Wing. - The studio was unsure about casting Phoebe Cates, who was mostly known for racier fare like Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Because the rest of the movie is so wholesome. - The town used for Kingston Falls is actually a Universal Studios Backlot, the same used for Hill Valley in Back to the Future. - That's Chuck Jones playing Billy's drawing mentor. Director Joe Dante's is a huge fan of Jone's Loony Tunes work, which can be seen in all the crazy stuff the gremlins get up to. You can see it even more clearly in the goofier sequel. That's not the only thing you can clearly see in that movie. - Both Speilberg and Composer Jerry Goldsmith also make appearances at that wacky inventor convention. - First onscreen use of the Amblin Entertainment logo. - Everyone knows Howey Mandel did the voice for Gizmo, but just as awesome is Frank Welker, the voice of Fred Rogers, Megatron, Totoro, Doctor Claw, Jabberjaw, Nibbler, Abu the monkey, and pretty much every other animated character ever (pretty sure he's got one or two Disney princesses in there) as Stripe. It was Welker who recommended Mandel for the part. - The movie theater appears to be playing "A Boy's life" and "Watch the Skies," which were working titles for E.T. and Close Encounters, respectively. - The scene where Stripe attacks Billy with the chainsaw was thought up on set by Dante and actor Zach Galligan as a homage to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. - Hoyt Axton improvised nearly all his lines as Billy's father. - The Santa Claus monologue wasn't popular with studio execs, but Dante refused to remove it, as it pretty much summed up the movie. Spielberg didn't like the scene either, but he allowed Dante to uphold his vision. - Stripe is the only gremlin who doesn't sing in the movie theater. Watch out, we've got ourselves a badass over here. - Columbus's original script is even darker than the finished film. Gizmo was originally gonna transform into Stripes the ringleader gremlin, leaving no nice gremlin for the audience to root for. And the gremlins were to outright kill and eat people, including the patrons at a McDonald's (leaving the burgers untouched, har har) and Billy's dog, the latter of which occurs shortly before Billy's mother's head was ripped off and thrown down the stairs to his feet. Spielberg and Dante eventually drew a line, as the movie wouldn't have found a large enough audience if they made it pitch black. - Even with those elements removed, the movie still pushed the boundaries of a PG rating, to the point that it was this movie, in conjunction with Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, that had Spielberg push for the existence of the PG-13 rating. - Planned as a Christmas release, but released in the summer when Warner Bros saw there was no competition. - I love the ending. It just outright tells the kids in the audience that a horrible monster hiding in your house is a very real possibility. I mean, it scarred me for life, but I still love it. http://youtu.be/BcWJaHZBEw0
  8. Out of all the slasher movie franchises, this one is probably my favorite, for a multitude of reasons, namely because Freddy is awesome. - Director Wes Craven based the story off a variety of things that disturbed him. The central premise of the movie is based off an account he read of teenagers who were afraid to go to sleep and died of mysterious causes a few minutes after they dozed off. The image of a fedora-sporting lunatic was taken from a childhood experience in which a homeless man peered into Craven's bedroom window and seeming took amusement out of scaring him. The name "Krueger" came from a bully who terrorized him in school. - The texture of Freddy's skin was taken from a cheese pizza. The makeup team actually had a folder of burn victim photos for reference, but they didn't really like looking through it. The final makeup took 3 hours to apply. - Johnny Depp's debut role as the hilariously-doomed Glen happened by pure chance. He was simply accompanying a friend on his audition for the role, but the filmmakers decided to give him the part instead. The weird part is that the friend who didn't get the job, Jackie Earl Haley, played Freddy in the 2010 remake (aka, the only good thing in that entire turd of a movie). - Krueger's ability to change forms, and the detail that anything he changed into would share the same colors as his sweater, was lifted right from Plastic Man. In fact, the sweater was meant to be red yellow before Wes Craven read that red green are the two most contrasting colors to the human retina. - The setting is never referred to as Elm Street once in the first film. Its use in the title was simply meant to give the impression that this was all happening on a quiet, normal street. Just. Like. Yours. Of course, the sequels went crazy with Elm Street and made up all those stupid rules about how Krueger can't do anything outside of Springwood or something. - Robert Englund based Krueger's mannerisms on Klaus Kinski's performance in the 1979 remake of Nosferatu. As for the voice, I'll let him explain that: - The knifes on the glove are real. According to Englund, anybody who has ever tried it on has probably cut themselves by accident, like he did the first time he wore it. The sound they make when scrapped on the boiler room pipes were made with steak knifes on a steel chair. - The station Glen listens to right before he bites it is KRGR. - Krueger's stretchy-arms were simply puppet arms attached to strings controlled by crew members sitting over the alleyway. - The blood geyser was accomplished via a room built to revolve 360 degrees, with the torrent of blood poured through a hole on the top while the footage was shot upside down. Most of the 500 gallons of blood used in the film was used during this scene. The room was used again for Tina's death, when she is dragged up the wall and slashed up on the ceiling. The little moment where Tina reaches for Rod, who's in the foreground of the shot, was not composited (or two shots put together); actor Jsu Garcia was upside down, with his hair patted down, while the footage was shot to look right way up. - Heather Langenkamp found herself stalked by some dude in real life thanks to her role in the movie. - Apparently, this was the first movie to use a breakaway mirror. - The face in the wall effect was simply a latex stretched over a hole in the wall that a crew member stuck their face against. It looks awesome. The remake did it with CGI and it looks like cartoonish ass. - The ending was meant to be a happy triumph, with Nancy's friends revealed to still be alive, implying the whole movie was just a bad dream. Of course, the producers wanted an ending that left the door open for more sequels. - Filmed in 30 days on a budget of 1.8 million. Ultimately, it proved to be a huge success for the film's fledgling production company, New Line Cinema, that helped get it off the ground. Thus, New Line is often referred to as "the house that Freddy built". So no Freddy, no Jackson Lord of the Rings. Go figure. - Robert Englund almost didn't play Krueger in the sequels before producer Robert Shaye realized how horrible a mistake it was to hire an extra for less money in Freddy's Revenge. Englund was brought back a few weeks after that movie started production. - Robert Englund plays all the characters and disguises Kruger poses as, unless it's important it be otherwise. - Freddy's Revenge was written by the screenwriter to subtly be the gayest horror movie ever. The director was completely unaware of this. - Several characters in Dream Warriors wear Dokken shirts. Dokken wrote music for the film. - The Freddy snake was originally a pinkish hue, but green goop was added at the last minute to make it look less...phallic. Because if it's one thing the makers of these films don't want you to feel, its uncomfortable. - The Dream Master is the highest grossing movie of the franchise (not counting Freddy vs. Jason), as well as the highest grossing slasher movie of the 1980's. - Conversely, The Dream Child is the lowest grossing of the franchise. That movie had to be edited down because the original cut was thought to be too disturbing and was Rated X. - Alice is the only protagonist in the franchise to have fought Krueger twice and survive. - Peter Jackson, back when he was till making horror movies, wrote a treatment for a possible sequel in the franchise titled The Dream Lover. In sort of a meta joke at the expense of the series, the beginning of the film showed that the children and teenagers of Springwood were no longer afraid of Freddy because of how ridiculous he had become and had actually made a game out of purposely falling asleep, trolling him, and taking a piece of his sweater to prove they did it. - Wes Craven has said he cannot follow the story in the sequels at all. Neither can I, man. - This song is great. OK, time to end this nightmare. Kung fu this, bitch! Man, Freddy calls everyone a bitch way too much. Somebody needs to count how many times he says it.
  9. May not exactly be horror, but this is easily one of the most important movies EVER. At the very least, no King Kong means no Jackson Lord of the Rings or Angry Video Game Nerd, so I think the Eighth Wonder of the World deserves a post. Awesome. - Partially inspired by the true story of a Komodo dragon stolen from its native environment and brought to New York, where it died shortly afterwards. - Special effects god Willis O'Brien was hired to work on this film after his dream project, Creation, fell through. Many of the dinosaur puppets built for that movie were used here. - Fray Way took on the part of Ann Darrow partly because she saw something in M.C. Cooper's enthusiasm, and partly because she was promised a role opposite the tallest, darkest leading man in Hollywood. - Kong's roar is a lion roar and tiger roar stuck together and played backwards. - It is said that Carl Denhem is basically a fictionalised version of M.C. Cooper (right down to both of them willing to stand in the path of charging animals to get a good shot), while the more stern and serious Jack Driscoll was co-director Ernest B. Schoedsack. - Two separate Kong's were used in the movie. One of them still survives and currently takes shelter in Bob Burn's basement. - Because film composting (putting several layers of footage together, kind of like green screen) did not exist in 1933, the special effects team had to get creative whenever there were several different elements in a shot outside of the stop motion. Of course, you had the use of actors acting against a rear projection of the monsters and miniatures, but shots where the special effects themselves were the focus required something more clever than that. The most insane solution used was to take frames of the live action elements, like the cast, place them within the miniature set, and animate it along with the stop motion. In scenes where you had a bunch of different elements, like Kong's lair, which had smoke, water, two human actors, and Kong and a giant snake... ...things got crazy. - Willis O' Brien leaked false information on how the special effects were achieved so as to maintain the illusion. As such, while we know the basic techniques used on the film, we will never know the specifics of what Brien did. Just as he intended. - Many critics praised how realistic Kong's fur was and how it seemed to move with his breathing or stand up on edge when he was shocked. This was, of course, the hands of the animators leaving impressions on the rabbit fur used on the puppets. - The scene where Kong attacks the elevated train was added in late in production to beef up his rampage in New York. - Cooper and Schoedsack's love of wrestling came in handy when it came time to choreograph the fight with the T-Rex. They acted out the whole scene for the animators. http://youtu.be/uYWSOzFMZjg In the 2005 remake, the last third of the T-Rex fight is an exact recreation of this original fight. - The film's first rerelease saw several scenes deemed too risque or violent for the masses were removed, such as the scene where Kong takes off Ann's clothes and sniffs them, or when he drops people to their doom or stomps on them. - The planes in the climax of the movie are a callback to Cooper and Schoedsack's days as fighter pilots. - The most famous deleted scene of all time has to be the "lost spider pit" sequence, in which the crew members who fell off the log into the chasm survived, only to be eaten alive by giant spiders and a variety of other nasty things. The scene, by all accounts, was apparently so creepy and disturbing to contemporary audiences that, according to M.C. Cooper, it broke the movie; several people left in the middle of the scene and the people who stayed wouldn't stop talking about it through the rest of the movie. Cooper took it upon himself to cut the scene out. It was promptly lost and became the holy grail of early sound cinema, with only a few images and puppets surviving. Peter Jackson took it upon himself to not only essential remake the scene in his 2005 version, but, in an attempt to understand Willis O'Brien's work, led the creation of an authentic recreation of the scene, along with another deleted scene featuring a triceratops, stop motion and all. We may never know how accurate it is, but it's pretty damn cool. - Ernest B. Schoedsack tried to get Willis O'Brien and his team nominated for an Oscar, but to no avail. - Once they get off the freaking boat, the 2005 movie is actually pretty sweet. Can't say the same for the shoddy 1976 film, Lebowski Origins: The Dude, though it does contain one of my favorite bits of movie trivia ever. This movie was a attempt on producer Dino De Laurentiis's part to make a movie that would outdo Jaws as the biggest movie ever, a goal he pursued with a pathological edge. Hoping to sit butts down in the theater, De Laurentiis came up with, like, the best idea ever: while the original had to rely on obvious stop motion, they were gonna build a giant ape robot. And the insane part is that nobody told him this was a logistically retarded idea. They actually built a giant ape robot with the intention of using it throughout the move. Can't say I wouldn't go see a movie that was advertised with the use of a giant ape robot. Shockingly, the thing looked like utter crap. That piece of junk could only be used for the scene where Kong breaks out of the cage, and even then for only a brief few seconds. Not sure if I understand the artistic decision to make Kong look like he's having a stroke. This totally-worth-it enterprise crippled the effects for the rest of the movie; Kong ended up just being makeup artist Rick Backer (the guy behind the werewolf stuff in An American Werewolf in London and Michael Jackson's Thriller) in a meh-looking ape suit, and most of the dinosaurs and monsters were scrapped, leaving a single snake to fight Kong. So yeah, boo to that movie, oodles of love to the original. Thank you for proving to the world what film-making could do back when every movie was essentially a play. Kudos to Kong.
  10. On this day in 1989, Tim Burton's cinematic dance with Batman in the pale moonlight was released, and things got weird. To say the movie had a colossal impact on Hollywood and pop culture, for better or worse, would be an understatement: the incredibly successful and inescapable marketing changed how movies were sold, its success set new exceptions for all future blockbusters, it put Batman back into the spotlight, , its perceived darkness and edginess (despite the fact that the movie is actually quite kooky and campy and only really dark in the literal sense) had Hollywood trying to replicate that for the longest time, while the comic industry took that to heart and gave us a decade of "dark edginess" that nearly killed the medium under the weight of sheer awfulness, the superhero movie was proven to be a profitable endevour a decade before Marvel kicked it into high gear, and the movie's popularity spawned one of the greatest TV shows of all time and a film series that would end up sucking so hard that it may very well have given birth to the angrier form of nerdom as we know it. But that latter point is a whole other story. It can be a bit hard to separate the film's legacy from its quality, though, and make no mistake, it's not perfect. As is the norm for many Tim Burton productions, the story isn't that well paced, comes off as sloppy in areas, and feels like it's placing its focus on the wrong things, making The Joker the one who killed Bruce Wayne's parents is a terrible revision, and it hasn't aged particularly well, what with Kate Basinger's 80s hair and the utterly insane original music by Prince. But there's a lot to like, and I think it outweighs the movie's flaws, numerous as they are. The production design is incredible, Danny Elfman's score is legendary, Michael Keaton's as Bruce Wayne is refreshingly nuanced and underplayed, while his Batman oozes cool and set the standard for all future Batmen, the supporting cast is enjoyable all around, and Jack Nicholson is Jack Nicholson playing Jack Nicholson. Life's been good to him. So yeah, not a masterpiece or anything, but certainly a good time, and its a milestone either way. And so in light of the movies silver anniversary, I've dragged my factoids blog out from the dungeon, complete with lack of proofreading, to mark the occasion. You can't make an omelet without cracking a few eggs, so let's get cracking. - Tim Burton had never had any exposure to Batman before making this film. He was given the first year of Batman comics from 1939 to read, which explains the 30s-tinged vision of Gotham city and Batman occasionally killing henchmen; Batman's code against killing wasn't a part of the character until much later. - Long before Ben Affleck was rather harshly judged by the collective forces of the internet, Michael Keaton's casting as the Caped Crusader drew ire from fans, with his role in Mr. Mom being the vocal point of the argument that he was unfit for the part. Because if it's one thing Batman fans are good at, it's absolutely knowing when an actor isn't gonna be good as a Batman character. - Meanwhile, Adam West felt a bit dissed when he wasn't asked to reprise the role. - Robin Williams was cast as The Jocker when Jack Nicholson declined, but was released from the role when Nicholson changed his mind on the matter. Williams has sense refused to take part in a Warner Bros. production until they've apologized for the affair. - A big part of Nicholson's decision to play The Joker was the percentage of the film's profits that he would receive. The movie was a mondo success, so he made $60 million. - Before Kate Basinger was cast as Viki Vale, *breath* Rosanna Arquette, Jamie Lee Curtis, Ellen Barkin, Robin Duke, Kate Capshaw, Glenn Close, Joan Cusack, Madonna, Geena Davis, Judy Davis, Denny Dillon, Christine Ebersole, Mia Farrow, Carrie Fisher, Bridget Fonda, Jodie Foster, Teri Garr, Melanie Griffith, Linda Hamilton, Daryl Hannah, Goldie Hawn, Mariel Hemingway Barbara Hershey, Holly Hunter, Anjelica Huston, Amy Irving, Diane Keaton, Diane Lane, Kay Lenz, Jessica Lange, Lori Loughlin, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Virginia Madsen, Kelly McGillis, Bette Midler, Catherine O'Hara, Tatum O'Neal, Sarah Jessica Parker, Michelle Pfeiffer, Molly Ringwald, Meg Ryan, Susan Sarandon, Jane Seymour, Cybill Shepherd, Brooke Shields, Sissy Spacek, Mary Steenburgen, Sharon Stone, Meryl Streep, Lea Thompson, Kathleen Turner, Sela Ward, Sigourney Weaver, Debra Winger and Sean Young (who very nearly got the part) were all considered. - Billy Dee Williams was to continue playing Harvey Dent/Two-Face in the sequels, but he was released from contract so Warner Bros could cast Tommy Lee Jones in Batman Forever. I'm guessing more than a few people regret that decision. - The only live action Batman movie to feature only one supervillain. - The surgical tools used on The Joker's face were previously used by Orin the Dentist in the Little Shop of Horrors remake. - Keaton couldn't hear when he was using the Batsuit. He said the resultant claustrophobia helped him get in the proper Batman mood. - In the original script, Robin was to be introduced briefly in the third act, but he was cut when the writers realized that he wasn't essential to the plot. The Special Edition DVD features an animated version of the original storyboards. It's worth checking out, - You know what else the original script had? A gangster getting kicked into a giant pencil sharpener and killed. I'm not joking. - The Batmobile was built around a Chevy Impala. Fully constructed it was 20 ft long and weighed around 1 and 1/2 tons - As I mentioned earlier, the film is literally dark if dark at all. So dark that people complained that they couldn't make out what was going on. The initial video release made the picture lighter as a result. - Tracy Walter was cast as Bob the Goon based on his close friendship with Nicholson, which would explain their amazing chemistry on set. Truly Oscar-worthy, Bob was. - Like I mentioned in my Aliens factoid post, the Ace Chemicals plant set was used as the atmosphere generator in Aliens, but the filmmakers had to get rid of all the Xenomorph nest crap before filming could begin. - Actor Giancarlo Giannini voiced the Joker in the Italian dub. His son, Adriano, would go on to voice the Heath Ledger Joker for The Dark Knight dub. - Jack Nicholson: "The thing I like about The Joker is that his sense of humor is completely tasteless." No real reason for this gif being here, I just felt it needed to be here. Look how happy Bob looks. - The painting that The Joker saves from destruction is Francis Bacon's "Figure with Meat," which depicts, well, a figure surrounded by hanging meat. Maybe it's a coincidence, but didn't one of The Joker's key scenes in The Dark Knight feature a man bound up and surrounded by hanging meat? Just, sayin'. - Speaking of which, it's easy to see The Joker hitting on Bruce Wayne's lady friend and getting tossed off a building in The Dark Knight as further tips of the hat from Christopher Nolan. - The filmmakers ended up liking the character of Alex Knox so much that they let him survive. - It was Keaton who thought up the dinner scene at the impractically long table and Bruce Wayne hanging like a bat while he sleeps. - The cathedral-based climax was based on the climax in The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Also of note is that when The Joker calls for a helicopter to pick him up in ten minutes, it actually takes ten minutes in the film for the helicopter to show up. Nice. - The cartoon sketch given to Knox near the beginning of the movie was drawn by Batman creator Bob Kane, who would have made a cameo were it not for his health issues. - The first trailer so captured the hearts and minds of the fans that it was promptly bootlegged and shown about at conventions. People would even pay full price to see the trailer and then leave before even watching the movie it came attached with. - The scene where Batman and Viki are driving to the Batcave in silence has always been my favorite, if only because Danny Elfman's score really is amazing. Seriously, put in some headphones and crank it. And that's pretty much it. Thanks for reading, and remember: Youuuu...are mai numbah one...GUYYYYYY...
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    I might as well make this since I've got nothing better to do. I live in northern Illinois. No I am not specifying which town due to privacy reasons. I am 15 years old and turning 16 this coming April. I am a sophomore in high school I'm down the middle when it comes to political opinions. I see both sides have good arguments and crap arguments on their political views I'm actually protestant christian but don't talk about religion that much. I have been diagnosed with autism and ADHD since I was a toddler I have played video games since I was a toddler I own a Wii, Wii U, Gamecube, N64, game boy Advance SP, 3ds, orginal Xbox, and most recently a PS2. Favorite game series is Pokemon as you can tell from my username. I like cartoons but I actually don't watch a lot of tv outside of FIM. When I became a brony, I found the cmc annoying but they grew on me over time. Also when I first became a brony, Spike was my favorite, and then I realized how super fun, awesome, and relateable Pinkie Pie was to me. I always feel the need to be fidgeting with something like the strings on my pants or the strings on my backpack. I am currently writing this blog well sitting on a yoga ball that I like to bounce on whenever I hear catchy music. I have fallen asleep well surfing the web before, I was just in such a comfortable position that I just fell asleep. Pinkie Pie is still the best super duper ultra awesome totally terrific party pony.
  12. We're almost at the end, but I still find that there's a crap-ton of movies I wanted to do that I didn't get to do, so I've decided to work through a bunch of them in one post. Aren't we having some fun now? Get it? Because it's a lyric from that number. I'm...I'm funny. LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS - A adaptation of an off-Broadway show which is itself an adaptation of a movie Roger Corman legendarily shot in two days (and just so happens to be Jack Nicholson's film debut). - Actress Ellen Greene played Audrey I in the original stage production as well. - The dentist office set was originally covered in blood, but that didn't sit right with tests audience, so the scenes in the office were thus re-shot without all of the stains. This would no be the only thing to be cut. - No green screen or composite shots were used for the scenes involving Audrey II. Six different plants increasing in size were used over the course of the movie. Near the end, more cables were being used on the Audrey II puppet then there are in the Brooklyn Bridge. And sense the puppeteers could only move the puppet so fast, any actor in a scene with it (mostly Rick Moranis) had to act in slo-mo. - - My sister thinks Rick Moranis is cute in this movie. But now, we move from one cult classic to another, and this one is probably the cultiess of all the cult classics. Beneath its flashy varnish lies the tale of a young couple torn apart by their hidden demons and a strange but passionate man whose pathological pursuit of hedonism and pleasure, often at the cost of human life, brought upon his ultimate and all too tragic downfall. THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW. - Tim Curry's fabulous film debut. He reprises the role he played in the original stage production. - Dr. Scoot being pulled through a wall by the electromagnet was not scripted. The filmmakers realized that they had not made the laboratory set wheelchair accessible, so the only way to get that character in the scene was to have him crash through it. - Mick Jagger wanted to play Frank, Steve Martian tried out for Brad, and Vincent Price was the first choice to play the Criminologist. - The longest running theatrical run in history thanks to its popularity as a midnight movie. - No body knew Eddy's corpse was hidden under the dinner table, so when it's revealed, the shocked reactions are real. - Brad and Janet has been nicknamed "ASSHOLE" and "SLUT" by the fans, respectively. - Tim Curry gained weight after starring in the movie so he could distance himself from Frank. Speaking of Tim Curry... That's fugging hilarious. Easily the best of the televised Stephen King adaptations, though to be frank, that isn't saying much. It's like saying Red Dead Redemption is the best western game. What's its competition? Custer's Revenge? IT - The book was so damn long because King wanted to fit all his favorite monsters in there. Apparently, giant spiders is one of them. - Speaking of which, the spider became the ending because the budget couldn't handle the real ending. Much like Carrie, the entire town was suppose to get destroyed. - Tim Curry was apparently frightening to be around on the set, so everyone just kind of avoided him. - Seth Green, hounded by a werewolf (no pun intended) in this movie, plays a werewolf later on in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. - The actors actually got injured by the large amount of balloons in the library scene. So yeah, I guess that happened. Guess now would be a good time to get some other requests out of the way. Let's continue with a classy one. EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEK. THE BIRDS - Hitchcock was huge bird person long before making this movie. - Blue screen had to be abandoned for a different technique partway into production because the rapid movements of the birds made the shot look bad. - Tippi Hedren was actually cut in the face in one of the shots. - The owner of the restaurant allowed Hitchcock to shoot inside his establishment if the lead male character was named after him. Hitchcock agreed. - There's no "The End" card at the end of the movie because Hitchcock wanted audiences to have the feeling that the horror would never end. - Hitchcock required to be real. - At the film's London premiere, speakers were installed to play an assortment of bird screeches as patrons left the theater. Okay, what's the next request? Oh yeah! I HAVE SUCH FACTS TO SHOW YOU. HELLRAISER - It took six hours for Doug Bradley to put on the Pinhead makeup. - The original title, "The Hellbound Heart", was rejected by the studio because it sounded too much like a romance. - Filming the scene where Frank is spun around upside down covered in blood cause actor Sean Chapman to vomit. - Pinhead was in no way the "main" Cenobite; he was just given the most dialogue. - Due to a limited budget, all the special effects were animated by Clive Barker and "a Greek guy" over a single weekend. - It wasn't so much the content the MPAA was worried about, so much as the "intensity of the tone". Also, heads up guys, but I've never seen Mothra, nor have I been able to find any interesting facts on her solo career, so have this gif of Mothra dragging Godzilla like a punk. Hey, guess what, SE7EN. This is literally the only gif I could find that wasn't NSFW or spoiler-heavy. Seriously, if you've never seen this movie...damn. - Every single one of John Doe's creepy psycho-killer books was written out and packed to the brim with detail. As in, if you opened to a random page of any of those books, you'd find a fully-realized, thought out page. Pretty impressive, considering most of them are just seen in the background. - Kevin Spacey was cast two days before filming, and his involvement was kept as quiet as possible, in keeping with his tradition of trying to immerse the audience into the character he plays, as opposed to the fact that it's Kevin Spacey. - The studio hated the ending, but Brad Pitt refused to star in the movie if a single line was changed. - David Fincher wanted a super-skinny guy to play Victor. If you've seen the movie, you know why this is pants-crappingly terrifying. - The city the movie takes place in is never identified. - Rob Bottin, of The Thing fame, did the makeup effects for the movie. - - A sequel was in the works in which Morgan Freeman's character gets psychic powers. Guess this means I should do SILENCE OF THE LAMBS too. I'll admit, the part with the face made me jump. - The last film to take home the Grand Slam at the Oscars: Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Screenplay, Best Director, and Best Picture. It remains the only horror movie to ever win the top award. - John Hurt, Christopher Lloyd, Dustin Hoffman, Patrick Stewart, Robert Duvall, Jack Nicholson, and Robert De Niro all auditioned for Hannibal Lector. - The moths used for the film were flown to the set in first class. - Whenever someone is talking to Sterling, they are looking directly at the camera towards the audience. - Lector is only in the movie for 16 minutes. - Brooke Smith, Buffalo Bill's victim, actually became good friends with Bill's actor, Ted Levine, on the set. - The Lector voice was, according to Anthony Hopkins, a combination of Truman Capote and Katharine Hepburn. Wait, tomorrow is Halloween? Well how about some TRICK 'R TREAT? Seriously though, if you haven't seen this, do so, because it is a treat. Yes, pun intended. - Was suppose to be released in theaters in 2007, but got buried by Warner Bros for what I am sure are stupid reasons. - The appearance of Mr. Kreeg was based off of John Carpenter. - Little people make up most of the little kids in the background. The movie was shot at night and it was way past regular kids' bedtime. - Based on a Marvel Comic. - Sam is named after Samhain, the medieval festival that served as the origin of Halloween. - Remember that bitchy girl who leads that horrible prank? Guess who. And I can't finish this post without mentioning this. - Tim Burton did not direct this. That would be Henry Selick. He did design the movie and come up with the concept, which was inspired by Burton witnessing a mall taking down Halloween decorations and instantly replacing them with Christmas stuff. - The most difficult shot in the entire movie was Jack reaching for the door knob on the Christmas door due to the reflection of the forest. - Danny Elfman does the singing voice for Jack. - Was meant to be an official Disney animated film, which would have made it art of the Disney Renaissance, but it was deemed too scary. Well, Oogie scared the shit out of me when I was a kid for some reason, so I dunno, - The scene where Oogie's insectoid innards fall into the murky molten material was shot at 25 fps (real-time). - Tim Burton has said that Jack is probably his favorite character that he has created. - The killer snake is based off the sandworms from Beetlejuice. - Lock (the kid dressed like a devil) is totally Paul Reubens, and Dr. Finklestein is Uncle Lewis from National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. Aw man, so many horror movies, so little time. Sorry if I didn't do a movie you wanted (I know one of you wanted Van Helsing, for instance). Tune in tomorrow for the final film in the blog series (I think you can guess what movie I'm doing), but in the meantime, have two awesome scenes from a couple of movies I didn't get around to doing: Best Van Helsing and Best Dracula fighting to the death... ...and the most iconic transformation scene ever. Seriously. They actually created a new academy award just to award this movie. I remember the first time I saw it; it was on TV (but on a channel where they didn't have to censor it), and I walked into it and thus had no context with which to work. It was the first "real" horror movie scene I ever watched, and it blew my freaking mind. Also, fun fact: it was that movie that inspired the music video for "Thriller".
  13. My first run-in with Michael Myers was not Halloween, but rather a night many years ago when I spent the night at my cousin's house. My older cousin was out for the night, so I was allowed to sleep in his bed. Coincidentally, he's a huge horror fan, and his favorite movie ever is Halloween. And thus, I spent the night surrounded by these huge posters of a blank, pale, emotionless face, and the blackest eyes. The devil's eyes. Staring down at me. No sleep was had that night. - Was born out of a desire to make a movie about babysitter murders. After doing some research, the producers found that, oddly enough, nobody had ever named a movie "Halloween" before. - Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee were both approached to play Dr. Loomis, but both turned it down. Lee would go on to say it was the biggest mistake he ever made, while Cushing would end up regretting turning down that other doctor role that was brought to him (more on that later). Donald Pleasence eventually took the job because his daughter was fan of John Carpenter's last movie, Assault on Precinct 13. - The mask is famously a William Shatner mask modified beyond recognition. - The name "Michael" is only said in the opening scene. From then on, the Shape is only referred to as "he" or "it". - Nick Castle, the man behind the mask for most of the movie, originally was just hanging out near the set to watch it get filmed. It was John Carpenter who offered him the chance to be a psycho killer. - The movie was filmed in the spring, so all the leaves on the streets were all fake and individually painted to look dead. They were reused after the movie wrapped, because we gotta protect the environment. - The Shape appearing out of the darkness was achieved via a hidden dimmer light. - The movie was shot out of order, so in order to help Jamie Lee Curtis stay consistent, John Carpenter created a "fear meter" that indicated how scared she should be in a scene. - The first cut of the movie did not go over well at its first screening; people just weren't finding it scary. John Carpenter decided he needed to "save it" with an awesome musical score, which he wrote in four days. Everybody was terrified after that. - The opening POV shot is actually three different shots cut together; the cuts are done when the mask is put on and before and after the murder. It took two days to shoot. - John Carpenter is a huge Psycho fan, as evident by his naming Loomis after one of the supporting characters in the film and the casting of Janet Leigh's daughter in the female lead. - It was Donald Pleasence's idea that his character's reaction to the final scare should be less shock and more "I knew this would happen." - Jamie Lee Curtis was unsatisfied with her performance and thought she was dragging the whole production down, which certainly contrasted with John Carpenter's enthusiasm. He actually rang her up after the first day of shooting just to tell her how great she was. - The Myers house has been relocated and now serves as a chiropractor's office. That's certainly a place I want people touching my spine. - "Don't Fear the Reaper" is playing on the radio while the Shape is driving behind Laurie. - Made on a budget of $325,00, grossed $47 million ($150 million if adjusted for inflation), making it one of the most successful independent movies ever. - If I had to make a list of the greatest horror movie shots of all time, this would most definitely. be near the top of the list: Classic. Well, I guess that just about wraps up FACTOIDS OF THE LIVING DEAD. Kind of bummed that I didn't do every single movie I wanted to do; Misery, Return of the Living dead, Gremlins, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, and The Omen, just to name a few. This wasn't really planned at all, just a stupid thing I decided to do out of the blue, but I'm glad some of you enjoyed this series. Thanks for sticking with me, I hope you learned a thing or two. As an added bonus, have this, Citrus's TOP 10 HORROR MOVIES. This is by no means a definitive list, but these are the movies I most often pick for my favorites of the genre 10. Poltergeist 9. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 8. Se7en 7. The Shining 6. Night of the Living Dead 5. The Thing 4. Evil Dead 2 3. Psycho 2. Jaws And of course, 1. Alien/Aliens HAPPY HALLOWEEN, EVERYONE! Play me out, Michael! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Btb7y41vXng&feature=player_detailpage
  14. It's inexcusable I went this long without bringing up these guys. Time for some good ol' fashioned spooks. Sorry for the brevity of this post, but some things have turned up in life around here. But I won't leave you completely hanging. - First things first: I know Frankenstein's Monster isn't actually named Frankenstein, but screw it, that's what you all call him, so Imma refer to him as that for this post, m'kay? - Lon Chaney is renowned as one of the greatest silent film actors ever. His parents being mute had trained him to communicate through pantomime and purley physical means, which came in use in a field where hand gestures and facial expressions were everything. - Boris Karloff always referred to Frankenstein as "the dear old boy". - Neither of the stuntmen playing the Creature from the Black Lagoon could see out of the costume. One of them had to swim in it. - There was fear that young actress Marilyn Harris (the little girl Frankenstein throws into the lake) would be frightened by Boris Karloff's full makeup, but she actually ended up thinking it was freaking awesome and actually rode with him to the set. - Lon Chaney famously did all his own makeup; his knowledge of the art was so vast, he actually contributed to the makeup section of the Encyclopedia Britannica. - Bela Lugosi turned down the role of Frankenstein, on the grounds that he would have little to no dialogue while his makeup design was rejected. - Oddly enough, the Creature from the Black Lagoon's appearance was molded after an Oscar trophy, - Lon Chaney would have been the first choice to play Dracula had he not died before production began. - The head piece to the cane in The Wolf Man was made of rubber, as to not injure Lon Chaney Jr. when he was beat with it near the end of the movie. - Dracula was only allowed to attack woman, because the studio felt that for him to attack men would be "a little gay-ish." - A total of 17 shots were dissolved across each other to achieve the werewolf transformation effect at the end of The Wolf Man. - The exact same electrical equipment in Frankenstein's lab scenes were used for Young Frankenstein. - Karl Freund, the director of The Mummy, hated lead actress Zita Johann so much, he went as far as to sticking her unprotected in a room with lions for a scene that didn't even make it into the movie. - Boris Karloff, despite playing the monster that got butts into the theaters, wasn't invited to the premiere of Frankenstein because he was seen as just some anonymous actor. However, his breakthrough role in The Mummy got him popular enough that he was given top billing any movie he was in from that point forward. - Despite what you may here, Bela Lugosi knew perfectly good English when he filmed Dracula. - Frankenstein, the Wolf Man, and Imhotep were all designed by Jack O. Pierce, the godfather of makeup effects. - Bela Lugosi was buried in the cape he wore as Dracula. Eh, might as well end this with something freaking hilarious.
  15. It's been scientifically proven that if you don't find at least one thing in Ghostbusters funny, you don't exist. What, Ghostbusters isn't scary enough for you? Back off, man. - Originally called "Ghostsmashers". - The movie was inspired by Dan Aykroyd's interest in the paranormal. He always intended the movie to star himself with John Belushi, Eddie Murphy, and John Candy, but the former passed away before production began and the latter two were uninterested. - Bill Murray only agreed to star in the movie if Columbia green-lit a remake of Razor's Edge. - Every scene had at least one moment of ad-lib, with most of Bill Murray's lines improvised on the set. - Director Ivan Reitman voiced both Zuul and Slimer. - Paul Reubens turned down the role of Gozer at the end of the movie. - The ghost floating above Ray in his dream is Dan Aykroyd's wife. - The original librarian ghost puppet was deemed too scary, so it was shelved and used in Fright Night a year later. - The proton packs are never actually called that in the original movie. - The top portion of Spook Central does not exist in real life. The building used for the movie, located at 55 Central Park West in Manhattan, is a fraction of that size, so its height was significantly beefed up with matte paintings and models. And yes, there is a church next to it, which to my knowledge has not been stepped on. - Slimer was referred to as "Onion-Head" by the crew because of how bad the puppet smelled. In Dan Aykroyd's head canon, it's the ghost of John Belushi. Word to the wise: never, under any circumstances, type "he slimed me" into Google Images. I've seen shit that would turn you white. - William Atherton has said that playing Walter Peck has ruined his life. Now no matter where he goes, people will confront him about his actions within the movie, and it's actually gotten him a couple physical fights. It's tragic, really, especially when you consider that Peck actually had some fair points regarding the Ghostbusters' practices. If only he wasn't such a dickless wonder. - Speaking of which, the molten marshmallow goop that engulfs Peck in the finale is a crap-ton of shaving cream. - The no sign in the iconic logo is backwards. - Bill Murray's proton pack was loaded down with 40 extra lbs by his cast members without his knowledge, mostly because he was funnier when he was agitated. - The Keymaster is locked out of his apartment three separate times. - The movie's release date was so tight that several effects shots weren't even finished by the time production was wrapped. - Three weeks at #1 on the chart, baby. Wait, are you sure that's how it goes? - This is literally the greatest movie scene of all time. We've been going about this all wrong. This Mr. Stay Puft is okay, he's a sailor, he's in New York. We get this guy laid, we won't have any trouble! CONGLATURATION ! ! ! YOU HAVE COMPLETED A GREAT POST. AND PROOVED THE JUSTICE OF OUR FORUM. NOW GO AND REST OUR HEROES !
  16. Kind of redundant at this point, but yep, this is another one of my faves. But then again that's probably true for most people. - That line was improvised. Of course it was. Also improvised: the little scene where Brody goofs off with his son at the dinner table. The child actor just randomly started mimicking Roy Scheider, and they thought it was cute. - Everyone calls the shark Jaws, but the cast and crew took to calling the mechanical shark "Bruce" ( ), while Steven Spielberg just took to calling it "the Great White Turd". - It's possibly the most widely know piece of film trivia ever, but you can't talk about Jaws without talking about the utter hell that was the making of Jaws. Filming began without a completed script, cast, and shark, making a movie at sea proved to be a difficult shoot, with most of everybody getting debilitating sea-sickness, the production went over budget and over schedule, Robert Shaw and Richard Dreyfuss did not get along very well, and of course, the shark didn't work at all, hence the "Great White Turd" thing. And, as anyone and their mothers will be able to tell ya, because they had to cut down on the screentime of the shark (the scene where the young boy dies, for example, was meant to be much more graphic), it actually added to the suspense and made the film more effective. - All the extras were people who lived in the town where the movie was shot, while the original novel's author Peter Benchley cameos as a TV reporter. - Beat out The Exorcist for the highest grossing movie at that time. - Spielberg never got to meet his idol, Alfred Hitchcock, mostly due to Hitchcock refusing to the guy who made "the fish movie", his rationale being that it made him feel like a whore because he did a voice for the Jaws ride. - Steven Spielberg once invited friends, including George Lucas, to the set. While checking out the robot shark, Lucas jokingly stuck his head in its mouth, which then unexpectedly malfunctioned (and by that, I mean Spielberg snuck away to the controls and tried to scare him) and clamped down on his head. This incident may have very well have been what broke the shark. And yes, there is an alternate universe where a shitty roboshark killed George Lucas. - The Indianapolis speech, which probably should have won Robert Shaw an Oscar (jus seyin'), was written by Shaw himself after no on else could get it right. - The audio in the opening scene got a bit mucked up, so the actress had to rerecord her lines. To make it sound like she was drowning, she had water poured into her mouth while she screamed in terror. Richard Dreyfuss remembers walking into this recording session by accident. It was awkward. - Spielberg laughed the first time he heard John Williams's score. - The Ben Gardner boat scene, arguably the scariest jump scare of all time, wasn't in the script. It was added at the last minute when the filmmakers realized the movie had gone on too long without a good fright. It made the first test audiences scream, but Spielberg decided to refilm it in editor Verna Field's pool and made it even scarier. - Okay, spoiler time: - At one point, The Orca started to sink with the actors and filming equipment on board, because why not. - At the end of the movie, the sound the shark's remains make as they sink to the bottom of the ocean is the same dinosaur-esque sound the villainous truck in Speilberg's earlier movie Duel makes as it drives off of a cliff to its "death". - Production got so frustrating for the entire crew that a pact was made to team up and throw Spielberg into the water when production was done. Spielberg caught wind of this and was legitimately terrified. Special precautions had to be taken. How dramatic this was varies on who tells the story, but on the last day of filming, Spielberg got to the production location early, set up everything, made sure it was all shipshape, and then promptly got his ass off the island before anyone knew he was gone. To this day, he never works on the last day of shooting, for good luck. - Peter Benchley was inspired to become an activist for the protection of sharks after seeing the fear of the lovable things the movie instilled in people. - My sisters hate Jaws. Can't imagine why.
  17. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=oykvs8ePij8 Welcome to the second part of my trivia-scouring journey into Romero's Living Dead trilogy. Let's set the mood and start things off with Dawn of the Dead,the movie that convinced everybody to try and break into a mall during a zombie apocalypse. NOPE. - The original story for Night of the Living Dead was so large in scope that (similar to Star Wars) that it was split into three parts, with the later two being stored away for later if the first one worked out. It did, so here we are. - Was filmed at Monroeville Mall in Pittsburgh. The production took place at night and took a break during the Christmas season, because nobody feels like taking down and reapplying all those decorations. - Every zombie extra was paid with a lunch, $20, and a t-shirt. - Makeup artist Tom Savini was unable to work on the first film due to being drafted into Vietnam as a photographer. He's said that his experience there has helped him become a better makeup artist. - Of all the zombie extras the crew worked with, the one the filmmakers thought was the most authentic was "the sweater zombie". Apparently, he had the look and mannerisms of a zombie down pact and was so good at staying in character that he didn't break it even when he stumbled onto the escalator by accident. - The two zombie kids who attack Peter at the airfield are Tom Savini's niece and nephew. They are the only zombies in the entire Living Dead series who run. - Tom Savini plays Blades, the leader of the biker gang that attacks the mall in the finale. Every member of that gang was given a name and personality by the crew, including Old Nick, aka the guy dressed as Santa Claus and played by George A. Romero. - Romero also cameos in the opening scene in the movie as the television station director. His wife cameos as one of the crew members. This is not as awesome as Santa Claus, though. - Many of the more unique zombie kills, such as the zombie getting his head chopped off by the helicopter, were thought up on set and quickly put together. Also improvised on set: Roger's delightful slide down the escalator. - The blueness of the zombies was unintentional. It looks cool, though. - Gaylen Ross didn't want to play a character who couldn't defend herself. When Romero asked her to scream for a scene in the movie, she refused. - In the original movie, before settling on destroying the brain/burning as the only way to kill a zombie, the filmmakers joked about having pies to the face be their weakness. That explains this scene. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=Y2MeJNLCvsI - Ironically, given that George A. Romero refused to tone down the bleakness of Night's dark-as-hell ending, this film was suppose to end with the last two characters committing suicide, one by shoving their head into a helicopter propeller, but was changed at the last minute so they would escape and live to survive another day. Thankfully, the dummy head that was to be used for the propeller scene was repurposed for the best zombie headshot ever. Now let's talk Day of the Dead. - George Romero has said that this is his favorite film in the Living Dead series, even if it is the lowest grossing. - The estimation that the zombies now outnumber us 400,000 to one would mean that there are only 600 humans left at the beginning of the movie. - The only movie in the series to feature a zombie talking. - That awesome shot in the gif up there did not turn out the way it was intended the first time, and by that, I mean the freaking wall fell over on actress Lori Cardille. - The appearance of 'Salem's Lot is a shout-out to Romero's good friend, Stephen King. - Romero makes a cameo in the film as a zombie pushing a cart. He can only be seen from the waist down, but you can tell it's him thanks to the Doctor Who scarf. - Lori Cardille told the actor working with her in a tense scene to slap her for real, in order to get a more real performance. - Shot the movie to be unrated at the cost of half his budget. Totally worth it. - Makeup artist Greg Nicotero used a zombie head from the production (which just so happened to be based off his own head) to prank his mother. - Fact: Captain Rhodes is the greatest zombie movie villain ever. Pictured above: a well-balanced man. Also fact: he suffers the greatest villain death of all time, period. Like, I would even rank it above Toht's melting face and Ursula getting stabbed in the boob by a boat and getting struck by lighting. I'm not posting it here because it's as NSFW with gore as you can get, but if you can stomach it, look it up, because it is a treat. And as it turns out, the line that pushes it over the edge of awesome into bad-assery was ad-libbed. So yeah, these movies are great. Bub and I salute both them and the forum-goers who took the time to read this blog post.
  18. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=UYR3dorshwA Oh Johnny, you unfortunately ironic sonnuvahgun. It's about time we got around to the granddaddy of all modern zombie fiction, and shortly after its 45th anniversary, too. This is another one of my favorites. I have a lot of favorites, you see. - The movie was almost about an alien pathogen that infected living people and called Night of the Flesh Eaters (remember that piece of information, we'll get back to it in a second), but they decided on the whole "dead coming back to life" thing, with some radiation from Venus thrown in. After this was decided, the filmmakers tried to figure out the most shocking and horrific thing for the living dead to do, and they eventually settled on eating people alive. And thus, the Romero zombie was born. Or died, or, I dunno... - The first horror movie with a African American protagonist. - Made on a $114,000 budget, made around $42 million upon its initial release. Has currently racked up something close to $256 million as of 2009. - Was not shot in color due to a lack of funds. Black and white film was cheaper to develop. On the plus-side, it actually makes the movie much creepier, and the filmmakers were able to use Bosco chocolate syrup for the blood (the same brand used in the shower scene from Psycho). - The meat the zombies rip from their victims and eat was ham donated to the production by a local butcher. Chocolate syrup and ham: the breakfast of champions. - You can blame this movie for characters in a zombie story never calling them the zed-word. Instead, they're all referred to as "those things" or "ghouls". - Like most of George A. Romero's movies, his debut flick was filmed in Pittsburgh, where around 200 extras volunteered to play the living dead. Obviously, some of them were pretty cool about doing some nude stuff for the sake of art. - The boards nailed across the windows and doors were numbered so they could be put together in the right order after they were taken down for another shot. Continuity for the win. - The corpse in that gif up there was made by George A. Romero, who used ping-pong balls for the eyes. - Bill HInzman, who played the zombie who attacks Barbara in the opening scene, recently passed away. According to his daughter, he wanted to be cremated so he wouldn't rise from the dead. - Screenwriter John A. Russo volunteered to play the zombie lit on fire because no one else was comfortable with that. - In the grand tradition of horror directors trying to get authentic performances through disturbing their actors, Romero killed a butterfly in front of the cast before the shooting of a particularly tense scene. Otherwise, thought, it was actually a very pleasant production. No Texas Chainsaw-style clusterbuck here. - Supposedly, the moment editing and dubbing was finished, George A Romero and John A. Russo threw the film in the trunk of a car and drove through the night to New York in search of theaters that would show the movie. On the way there, they heard about Martian Luther King Jr's assassination. - Despite being one of the most poular horror movies of all time and one of the most successful indie films ever, George A. Romero saw very little money. As it turns out, back then, a movie had to have a tittle card that showed a little copyright notice so it wouldn't enter public domain. Unfortunately, when the title of the movie was changed to Night of the Living Dead, the title card with this notice was removed from the film and never replaced. So the movie can be posted anywhere or viewed by anyone with no legal action taken against them. In fact, here's the full movie right here. Ya'll kids better educate yourself and watch this masterpiece, but be warned: there be some mostly-tame-by-today's-standards gore and a naked lady butt. Well, you know what they say: When there's no more room in this forum post, the dead will walk the earth. So tune in tomorrow for some trivia on Night's two sequels, Dawn of the Dead and Day of the Dead!
  19. A bona fide classic right here, I tell you h'what, and easily another one of my favorite movies. Sure, Kubrick needed to break the souls of everybody working on it, but their therapists needed the work anyway. That's odd. Usually, the blood gets off at the second floor. - Stanley Kubrick chose this particular book to adapt out of a huge pile of random books. According to his secretary, he'd read a few pages of a book, and if he didn't like it, he'd throw it against the wall. This would happen every few minutes, but the book-throwing ceased once he started reading The Shining. - Stephen King has said that Kubrick would call him at 3 a.m. and ask him about his beliefs ("Do you believe in God" and all that), probably to more effectively understand the underlying themes and subtexts of the novel. This was all despite King telling him that it really was just a bunch of ghosts in a hotel. - Jack Nicholson was always the first choice to play Jack Torrance. For Kubrick, anyway; King had some opinions of his own (more on that later). Robert De Niro was considered, but Kubrick didn't think he was crazy enough after watching him in Taxi Driver. Robin Williams was also considered, but Kubrick though he was too crazy after watching him in Mork and Mindy. - The iconic "river of blood" shot was filmed on a miniature set and took over a year to film. Kubrick was never satisfied with the takes and test footage he was getting and had the effects team redo it over an over again until he thought it looked like real blood. Later on, Kubrick wanted to use the shot for the teaser trailer, but the MPAA wouldn't allow such a huge amount of blood in an approved for all audiences trailer. He convinced them it was rusty water. - The Overlook Hotel in the novel was inspired by the Stanley Hotel in Colorado, but the movie's Overlook was based off of the Timberline Lodge in Oregon, where some of the exteriors were shot. The most significant difference between the hotels is the addition of a hedge maze in the Kubrick film. Instead of a maze, the novel features hedge animals that move in to attack the characters whenever no one is looking at them. Kubrick felt special effects at the time were not able to realistically portray these scenes, however, so out with the Weeping Hedges, in with the maze. - Also in the movie but not in the novel: the Grady twins, the river of blood, and Jack's "novel". - The lighting needed to fill the lounge set with sunlight actually lit it on fire late into production. After the movie wrapped, it was converted and used as the Well of Souls in Raiders of the Lost Ark. - Jack Nicholson's experience as a volunteer fire marshal made short work of the fake bathroom door made for the axe scene, so they had to build a much stronger one for every following take. And of course... ...that was improvised. Also, here's a clip of him getting himself psyched for the scene. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=Qu3xxq5F3Gw Isn't that just utterly wonderful? - Kubrick is notorious for his sanity-pushing relations with his actors, and this film is no different. Jack Nicholson collapsed onto his bed and instantly fell asleep every night after a day of filming.Poor Shelly Duvall was once forced to do 123 takes of a single scene, and if co-screenwriter Diane Johnson is to be believed, many of her lines were cut because Kubrick was unsatisfied with her performance. Getting it even worst was Scatman Crothers who had to do 120 takes of a shot was simply the camera slowly zooming in on his face, and he had to do 40 takes of the shot where Nicholson swings the axe at his chest. It would have been 70 takes if Nicholson didn't convince Kubrick to ease up a bit. It got so stressful that Crothers actually broke down and cried. It was witnessing this misery that made Nicholson vow to never work with Kubrick again. - Kubrick wasn't hard on everybody, though. He didn't want to mess up or scare child actor Danny Lloyd, so he took special precautions to make sure he never felt frightened or troubled while making the movie. He didn't even know what he was suppose to be staring at when his tricycle turned that fateful corner; Kubrick combined two separate shots of the hallway. Lloyd didn't even know he was in a horror movie until he watched it several years later. - Stephen King cameos as the party conductor in the scene where the ghosts are having a ball. - Like most of Kubrick's works, The Shining has inspired deeper analysis and ridiculously detailed examinations of their hidden meanings. In recent years, especially, the movie has entertained examination by conspiracy theorists who believe that something much, much deeper is buried within the layers of the film. The theories that have developed range from the possibly feasible (the movie is a condemnation of the genocide of Native American life and culture) to the sort-of-bonkers (the movie is Kubrick confessing to his hand in faking the moon landing). - But one thing that's been discovered by all these theorists is most certainly true: the Overlook's layout is impossible. The window in the main office, lounge, and apartment should be facing a wall and couldn't possibly be letting in sunlight, the hallways cross each other over when they shouldn't, the way to get into the golden ballroom changes between scenes, and there's doors to rooms that can't fit in that space, never mind next to each other. Not only that, but objects will move and be in different spots between takes. And we're not just talking about little things, like pens or cigarettes; furniture will be in different positions without the characters noticing. Jack's typewriter even changes models. It has been confirmed by the filmmakers that all of this is an intentional play to subtly make the audience uneasy. Without even realizing it, the hotel is subtly messing with your head. - In every scene where Jack interacts with a ghost face-to-face, there is a mirror present. Make of that what you will. - Depending on what language you are watching the movie in, the phrase repeated thousands of times in Jack's novel will be different. - Stephen King has made it clear that he is not view this adaptation in the most favorable light. He feels it isn't straight-up scary enough, he hates this movie's version of Wendy Torrance, it constantly deviates from his novel in general, and it reworks the central dynamic of Jack's character to a degree his doesn't like. Essentially, Jack Torrance was written as a sane man who loses his sanity because his inability to fight the demons who haunt him, both external and internal (he has substance abuse problems, much like King had at the time). Kubrick's Jack is a lot less so: he's an already unstable guy who's trying to keep hold of what sanity he has left. - This is the best scene in the whole movie: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=LtI0uG6tjew Gawd, I love this movie. Anyway, have an Jacksicle.
  20. WARNING: THERE WILL BE BLOOD IN THIS ONE, FOLKS. Hey, the remake is out today, so why the heck not? You don't feel like it? Well, tough noodles, that's what's happening. Get your ass to the prayer closet, you heathen. I'm with ya, sista. Testify. - The first adaptation of a Stephen King story, which was itself King's first published novel. King based the story off two girls he used to teach, both quiet social outcasts with hyper-religious families. They both died in their 20's. - Speaking of which, every actor playing a teenager was in their 20's. - Brian De Palma cast the film in a joint audition with George Lucas, who was casting Star Wars. - Apparently, many of the actors didn't know the movie was going to be so horrific; Nancy Allen and John Travolta thought their bully characters were comic relief and didn't realize how sadistic they were until the final cut, and Piper Laurie's character, Margaret the crazed mother, was so ridiculous that she thought this was a spoof. - Brian De Palma told Sissy Spacek he wanted Carrie to look and act like she got hit by a truck during her first...you-know-what in the opening scene. She asked her husband, who was the art director on the film and actually was hit by a truck at a young age, what that felt like. She used his description to figure out how she would do. - The four-note violin screeches from Psycho are used whenever Carrie uses her powers, and the name of the high school, Bates High, is an obvious reference to Norman Bates. - John Travolta drives a 1967 Chevelle SS 396 hardtop in this movie, and a 1964 Chevelle Malibu convertible in Pulp Fiction. - The pig's blood in the movie was corn syrup and red food dye. - Sissy Spacek was extremely gung-ho about the whole thing. She was willing to use blood for the prom scene, she isolated herself from her peers in the name of authenticity, she was the first actress comfortable doing the nude scenes, and And that's how you get nominated for an Oscar... LIKE A BOSS. Actually, could I just take this moment to put on my critic pants and say that I absolutely love her acting during the prom scene? Most other movies would have just had her do the big dramatic thing where she throws up her hands like Magneto and and she'd be screaming or something. Not here, though. She's stone faced the whole time, really pissed off looking but still eerily quiet and calm in her movements. She just looks at stuff and bad things happen. Love it, with all my heart. Anyway... - Amy Irving's performance as a terrified and utterly distraught Sue Snell in the final scene was apparently so hard to watch on set that the actress playing the character's mother (who happened to be Irving's real life mother) called her by her real name. She was genuinely scared for her daughter's well being. The music covers up the mistake, though. - Steven Spielberg was invited to the set and promptly hit on every female in the vicinity. Amy Irving took him up on his offer, and they actually were married for a few years some time later. - Stephen King, who was never really fond of his debut novel, was quite impressed by the movie and declared it a vast improvement over the original text. - Sissy Spacek was actually named homecoming queen in real life. Thankfully, no one was murdered through the use of telekinesis. Well, there you go the best Stephen King horror movie ever. Well, one of the best, anyway. Tune in tomorrow, when I cover the most popular Stephen King adaptation ever, and apparently the most anticipated movie that I have not yet done (or so I've been told by some people who should probably be caring about more important things. Yes, that's right. We're doing The Langoliers. EDIT: Jokuc reminded me of another awesome fact in the comments. Yes, Spakec totally wore the same bloody dress for three nights to keep the consistency in check. Like I said, LIKE A BOSS. Anyway, actually lied. I'm not doing Langoliers. I'm doing The Tommyknockers.
  21. Whenever I'm talking to people about horror movies that genuinley scared them, the movie I hear the most frequently cited is Poltergeist. Yeah, that sounds about right. - Partially based of an the true story of Cheeseman Park in Denver, Colorado, where the city council built the park over a cemetery without moving all the bodies. The park is now supposedly cursed. - Was almost written by Stephen King. - Though Tobe Hooper is credited as the director, and though his involvement was certainly important to the movie's success (the guy who made The Texas Chainsaw Massacre probably has at least a few things to add to a scary movie), this is undoubtedly a Steven Spielberg movie. He wrote it, he apparently created most of the storyboards, was there everyday on set, fine-tuning the production and interacting with the actors, and once shooting wrapped, he took complete control over every aspect of post production. He only stopped working on the film so he could begin work on E.T., which came out a week after this movie. It's a common theory that Spielberg acquired Tobe Hooper's help so he wouldn't technically be the director of Poltergeist, which would have been against his contract , which dictated he could not make any movies for anyone else at the time. - The hands that rip the flesh off the investigator's face in the bathroom scene are Spielberg's. - The roar of the Beast, the big, bad, demon thing that attacks the family at the end, is currently being used for the MGM lion roar, which is flipping awesome. - All the corpses in the pool near the end of the movie are all real. Because they were cheaper than making fake bodies. Actress JoBeth Williams was not told this before she jumped in. - As a nod to George Lucas from his best buddy, Robbie is a Star Wars fan. - Zelda Rubinstein, like her character in the movie, was supposedly a psychic. - Over the course of the whole production, Heather O'Rourke (Carol-Anne) was only genuinely scared during the scene where she's holding on to her bed as the closet tries to suck her into the other dimension. When the first take was done, Spielberg promised her she would never have to do that again. - The scary tree outside the kids' window is based on Spielberg's childhood fear of a tree outside his window. He was also afraid of clowns. - Speaking of which, SCREW THAT THING. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=TWDDoydceVg Also, the air. Freaking pervert air. Anyway, during the filming of that scene, the clown puppet actually was strangling actor Oliver Robins, and he probably would have died had Spielberg not realized he wasn't acting. Weirdly enough, the same thing happened on another Spielberg produced movie, Back to the Future III. Michael J. Fox was also accidentally strangled during the scene with the noose, and we were almost in a world without that man. That, my friends, is truly horrifying. - No fancy editing was used for the scene where the mother turns around to see all the chairs stacked up on the table; it was all done in one take. While the camera looked the other way, crew members quickly removed the chairs on the ground and put a bunch stuck together on top of the table. - Was filmed on the same street as Elliot's house in E.T. - Was originally given an R rating before the filmmakers convinced the ratings board to lower it to PG without them having to cut anything, which actually explains a lot. You know, for kids! Anyway, yeah, this movie rocks. This post... is clear.
  22. The post you are about to read is an account of the frustration which befell a group of filmmakers, in particular Tobe Hooper and his disgruntled cast and crew. It is all the more hilarious that they didn't see any of these problems coming. But had they had a much, much easier production, they would not have comprehended nor would they have been able to achieve as much of the mad and macabre masterpiece as they were to make in that time. For them a horrible experience making a cheap exploitation movie became totally worth it. Maybe. The events of that production would lead to the creation of one of the most important films in the annals of horror history: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Best Slasher Flick That isn't a Slasher Flick. - Director Tobe Hooper got the idea for the film when he got stuck in a crowded department store and was determining what was the most effective way out of the crowd. He settled on a chainsaw. - So, no, the film is not based on a true story. It was, however, partially inspired by Ed Gein, a serial killer who, unbeknownst to his neighbors, had been killing people and using their body parts to make furniture, crafts, tools, and yes, a couple of leather masks. He also served as an inspiration for Norman Bates (he had mother issues). - Filmed practically in chronological order. - The title "Head Cheese" was considered. - Gunnar Hansen, the actor who played Leatherface, was allowed to interpret the killer anyway he wanted. He decided he was mentally retarded and incapable of intelligible speech, so Hansen observed a class for the mentally challenged and modeled his behavior after what he saw. But with a dash of crazy, of course. - Actor John Dugan preferred not to undergo the makeup process to become Grandfather Sawyer a second time, so very scene with him was filmed at once. Unfortunately, this took 36 hours, and wearing a full suit and necktie during the hottest heatwave Texas had seen for a while was most likely horrendous. - That mentioned heatwave made the dinner scene practically inhumane to sit through. The stench of rotten mean and body odor actually made a few crew members pass out. Actor Edwin Neal, a Vietnam vet, said it was the worst experience of his life, and that if he ever meets Tobe Hooper again, he will probably kill him. - Speaking of stench, Gunnar Hansen had one shirt to wear the whole production, and because it was dyed, it couldn't be washed. Four weeks, in a heat wave. In Texas. - And did I mention there was no AC? Basically, what you should be taking from this is that the production of this film was literally hell. Like, if the Fire Nation attacked, literally nothing would have changed. - A lot of the blood on actress Marilyn Burns's clothes and body was real; she cut herself up several times during the chase through the woods. And because they couldn't get the fake blood pump to work, her fingers really were cut in the dinner scene. So yeah, pretty hard core. - The soundtrack consists of sounds animals hear in a slaughterhouse. In particular, the unsettling flash bulb noise is the sound of a tuning fork scraping against a piano string. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=gdqsNBQ1ibM - The arguing between Sally and Franklin is authentic, but mostly because the actors couldn't stand each other. - Gunnar Hansen, even with those heavy boots, apron, and Stinky Shirt of Death 3000, was a faster runner than Marilyn Burns. So during the chase in the woods, he actually had to slow himself down so she could stay ahead of him. - Oddly enough, only one person in the entire movie is killed with a chainsaw, and there's little to no blood and gore shown on screen. - The guy who did the opening narration was paid with weed. - At one point, a crew member was accidentally injected with formaldehyde, because why not. -In 2010, a panel that included John Carpenter, Wes Craven, and George A. Romero declared this the greatest horror movie of all time. - My friend thinks the remake is better because he doesn't know anything. [insert NSFW clip of Leatherface killing a guy with a hammer]
  23. I've said it couple of times on here before, and I'll say it again: Alien is my favorite pure horror movie ever. It's a perfect movie: a fantastic cast, impeccable atmosphere, stunning visuals (both on Nostromo and the alien planet), it works both as a straight-up fright fest and as a psychological nightmare, it's still genuinely effective and creepy after all these years, and it stars the greatest movie monster of all time. Aw yeaaaaaah. - Co-writer Dan O'Bannon (who went on to write Total Recall and direct The Return of the Living Dead) was homeless and sleeping on other co-writer Ronald Shusett's couch when they wrote the film. - The characters were all written to be unisex, meaning that each character could have just as easily been a man or a woman, which by extension means Ripley could have been a guy. - Actor Joe Finch was originally cast as the seriously unfortunate Kane, but he became extremely ill right a the production began. He was barely able to do one take before he practically collapsed. Thus, John Hurt was quickly cast over the following weekend, and flew in to work on the set on only a few hours sleep. - For the scene where the ground team investigates the main room of the derelict ship (the one with the "space jockey" corpse), director Ridley Scott and cinematographer Derek Vanlint's children stood in for the adults in the spacesuits, in order to make the ship look larger. - A total of 130 eggs were made for the derelict ship scenes. - Technicians had to keep repainting the set because all the slime was doing a number on the paint job. - German surrealist H. R. Giger designed all the derelict ship and the xenomorph itself, though he had to keep toning it down because they appeared too sexual in nature (seeing what the ship's openings and the xenomorph's head looks like in the final film, that's saying something). Not all his designs were used, though; the original chestburster looked like a skinned chicken. - The specimen seen in the egg when light is shown through it is Ridley Scott's gloved hands. - The POV shot where the facehugger leaps at Kane's face is actually composed of three separate shots, each one done in reverse and drastically sped up in post. - The idea for the acid blood was thought up by concept artist Ron Cobb as a reason as to why the crew couldn't just shoot the damn thing. - Every handheld shot in the movie was done by Ridley Scott himself. - Composer Jerry Goldsmith hated the changes made to his score without his permission. - While plugging the movie on CBS, a man named Bob Burns asked the producer's blessing for his idea to base his annual Halloween haunted house on Alien. The producers were impressed with his past haunted houses and not only gave him their blessing, but they actually allowed him to use actual sets from the movie, including the xenomorph suit(!). After the show, he tried to return the props to the studio, but they decided to be super-awesome and actually let him keep it all. In fact, they actually gave him even more props, such as the model for Nostromo. Since then, Burns went on to add several more awesome movie props to his collection (most of them given to him by the studios filmmakers themselves). Among the collection are various tools, animatronics and costumes from each Alien movie (including the still functioning head for the Alien Queen puppet, which he lent back to the studio to use in Resurrection), several full scale cyborgs and head maquettes from the Terminator series, the Brundlefly makeup prosthetics and conceptual busts from The Fly, some of the transformation puppets from An American Werewolf in London, and the crown jewel: one of the stop-motion puppet armatures used for the titular beast in the original King Kong. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=uSzgNNaOukk - The white milky stuff that came out of Ash the Android was...milk. - Actor Yaphet Kotto picked fights with the man inside the xenomorph suit to keep in character. - Peter Mayhew, who played Chewbaca, almost played the xenomorph. - The xenomorph originally had visible eyes, but Ridley Scott dropped them because it looked scarier without them. - No, the alien was never called an xenomorph in this one; that's in the sequel. I just feel like being a nerd today. - Someday, some presumptuous nerd is gonna try and tell you that the actors didn't know what was going to happen during the chestburster scene, and that their shock is genuine. This myth is almost completely false. It's impossible for the actors to not have known how the scene was gonna play out; the scene required puppeteers and a fake chest and a hole in the table and everything, and that required the full collaboration and acknowledgement of what was suppose to happen from everyone. Actress Veronica Cartwright even recalls going down to the effects team and seeing the little chestburster puppet before the shoot. That said, the shock on their faces during the scene wasn't completely acting, because they didn't know it was going to be that aggressive. They thought the thing was just going to rip out of the chest, not violently pound its way out in an explosion of blood. When Cartwright falls backwards with a look of utter horror on her face, that's quite real; she didn't expect the blood pump to hit her right in her face. - In order to make sure the filmmakers knew what a real horror movie was like, Dan O'Bannon had them watch The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Yeah, more on that movie later. - The movie originally ended a lot more disturbingly, and a lot more ridiculous. After Ripley escapes the Nostromo explosion, the xenomorph bites her head off, calmly sits down in her chair, and then sends a message to Earth in her voice. It's a good thing that ending wasn't used, not because it sound hilarious, but because Ripley would have been dead, and we wouldn't have gotten the sequel we have now. A sequel I not only consider to be the greatest movie sequel of all time, but just flat-out my favorite movie ever. Gosh, I'm so excited, I need to get started writing the next one! I'm off!
  24. Tonight, I'm gonna have my self a real good time, so just sit back, hole up, crack out those Cornettos, and wait for all this to blow over. - The movie came about when Simon Pegg and director Edgar Wright realized they both loved zombie movies while making As such, several cameos by characters from the sitcom (who are all now zombies, of course) seems to imply that this movie takes place within the same universe. - Shaun used to be a DJ before the movie's events, as evidenced by the promotional poster in his flat (which also reveals his last name to be Riley). - Every extra seen in the first third of the movie reappear as zombies later. - The song that the kid on the bus is listening to is "Kernkraft 400" by Zombie Nation. Get it? - When Shaun is leading Liz and her mates of her flat, he's the only one who actually fights any zombies on the way to the car. This is because the cricket bat was the only weapon in that scene that was safe to use; the blunt objects the others were carrying were real and would have hurt the extras. - Simon Pegg dubbed over the zombie in the robe that attacks them in the backyard. - The name of the Italian place Shaun was planning on taking Liz, "Fulci's", is a reference to Italian horror director Lucio Fulci. Alternatively, the place that does all the fish that Shaun mentions is, if you look in the phone book in the scene, literally called "The Place that Does All the Fish". - Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg held a special screening for George Romero, who absolutely loved the movie, though they were surprised he didn't get this reference the first time: Either way, he enjoyed the movie enough that - This movie, along with Hot Fuzz and The World's End form the spiritual Three Flavors Cornetto Trilogy, which all explore themes of maturity and unlikely heroes rising to the occasion using genre tropes. Each movie contains a scene where a character eats a flavor of Cornetto Ice Cream, with that flavor's color pertaining to the movie's subject matter. Shaun is strawberry red for blood, Fuzz is original blue for the police, and World's End is mint chocolate chip green for aliens. - The filmmakers created a "safe for TV" version that replaces "f***" with "funk" and "p****" with "prink". - Speaking of which, the f-word is used 77 times. - Chris Martin of Coldplay appears both as a zombie and as himself on TV. - Shaun's discomfort with saying "the zed-word" is reference to the fact that nobody in zombie movies ever call the monsters "zombies". - Nick Frost apparently shaved his nether-regions, so as to keep the inappropriate scratching Ed does throughout the movie authentic. - This movie features a legendary level of foreshadowing, and that never becomes more apparent then when you realize that Ed's plan to get Shaun wasted is a summary of everything that's about to happen. - It was this movie that introduced me to zombie movies, which helped make me the nerd I am today. So thank you, Shaun of the Dead.
  25. Best Hitchcock movie? Best Hitchcock movie. Just don't tell Mother. - You thought J.J. Abrams was crazy with his mystery box? Hitchcock went to extreme measures to ensure no one would have the ending of Psycho spoiled. He bought vast quantities of the original novel to ensure no one in the audience went in knowing what to suspect, made his cast and crew swear to silence (he made them raise their right hand and everything) and then only showed them the script for the ending when they were shooting it, released trailers that only gave the vaguest descriptions of the movie possible, didn't hold advanced screenings for critics (meaning they saw it the same way regular audiences did), and demanded that no one would be allowed entrance into the theater once the movie started (so people who came in late didn't feel cheated when the film's biggest star mysteriously never shows up). - Unfortunately, that little "no critic screenings" stunt got the movie a good amount of negative reviews. People were a bit more vengeful back then, you see. - The first time a flushing toilet was seen onscreen in a major American motion picture. - Hitchcock only paid author Robert Bloch $9,000 for the rights to his book. - The shower scene took 7 days to film and was composed of 78 shots, each with their own unique composition. As such, the room was specially built so each wall could be removed to allow the camera to shoot from every possible angle. The sequence was originally conceived as silent, but composer Bernard Herrmann wrote music for it anyway, and Hitchcock thought it sounded good, so in it went. - The score is made up entirely of string instruments. - For years, Saul Bass, the storyboard artist and title credits designer, asserted that he was the one who directed the shower scene. Janet Leigh herself denied this claim. - Hitchcock took to calling Anthony Perkins "Master Bates" on the set. - No, the water in the shower wasn't turned ice cold to get a stronger reaction out of Janet Leigh. Hitchcock did, however, test the fright power of the corpse dummy used in the climax of the film by placing it in her dressing room. - Joseph Stefano was in therapy dealing with mother issues while writing the film. - Walt Disney refused to let Hitchcock film at Disneyland based because he made "that disgusting movie, Psycho". - Hitchcock was very unhappy with how the rough cut turned out, but changed his tune once he heard the score. Not only did he increase Bernard Herrmann's salary, but he gave him second billing in the credits (before his own name). - Norman Bates, a guy who stuffs birds for a hobby, takes an unusual amount of interest in Marion Crane. - Purposely shot in black and white because Hitchcock thought the amount of blood in the movie would be too much for contemporary audiences. Chocolate syrup was used for the blood in the drain. - HItchcock's daughter cameos as Marion's coworker at the beginning of the movie. - I love this movie. This may be the most perfect movie scene ever: Whoops, spoilers.