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  1. Even on Christmas... I have tasks to perform here. Welcome to the Making Christmas Merrier - MCM - Trivia on the MLP Forums. Surprise! Just when you thought you had seen everything there was to this year's MCM extravaganza, this little project has been worked on so as to give you all that little bit of extra fun that comes at this time of year. So... You wish to have a special badge dedicated to MCM? Of course you do otherwise you wouldn't even be looking at this thread right now. This time, the questions are based on Hearth's Warming/Christmas. Yes, I said Christmas. That's because the Equestria Girls Holiday 2014 Special from IDW is being included. I know it's a controversial comic to many but then, I'm the one who chose to include it here. Anyway, aside from that special, the remaining questions are taken from the Hearth's Warming themed episodes from Friendship is Magic and the 2015 FiM Holiday Special comic. Oh, and we even included a question from "It's a Pony kind of Christmas"--That's your only hint for that one. This time, there are sixteen questions for you of varying difficulty. There is no bonus question here so instead, you will need to answer twelve out of sixteen to receive a badge, so don't see this as a daunting task. Now... who do you submit your answers to? I know! Send your answers to @Bori, of the Gift Givers of the Grove. She told me that she had some free time to spare and is more than willing to look at your answers to determine how well you did. Again, @Bori is the one you send your answers to. Unlike previous trivia challenges, this one will last for the next five days. I'm giving you an extra day because, well, it's the holidays. I'm sure you don't need me to explain that. Are you ready for this? Good. Then have fun. Q1: What did her true friends get Pinkie Pie on the 5th Day of Christmas? Q2: What does Snowfall Frost think a better Equestria looks like? Q3: What did Snowfall Frost get Snow-Dash for Hearths Warming? Q4: What does a scarf present mean?(that one's easy) Q5. Who are the six founders of Equestria? Q6. What are the names of the 'kingdoms' each of the key founders wanted to call what would one day become Equestria? Q7. Prince Rutherford tells what to Pinkie Pie when she has trouble finding the perfect gift for Twilight? Q8. What disasters affected Twilight's castle during 'The Best Gift Ever'? Q9. Each of the Mane Six, Spike, and Discord had to get a gift for their pony. What were the gifts? Q10. Who caused the problem in 'Hearth's Warming Club' and why did they do it? Q11. In Hearthbreakers, we are introduced to Pinkie Pie's family. What are their names? Q12. The 2015 My Little Pony Holiday Special comic from IDW featured three stories. What happens in each of them? (A brief description or a lengthy one, your choice.) Q13. What is the name of the website that the students of Canterlot High use to share photos, status updates, and make friends? Q14. During Rarity's sleepover party, what did she call her collection of awful outfits? Q15. Sunset Shimmer mentions what regarding her family to Applejack? Q16. Twilight tells Sunset about the 'Legend of the Windigos'. What is this legend about? (Full description)
  2. Ganondorf8

    Surrogate Scootaloo Day Trivia.

    Welcome to the Surrogate Scootaloo Day Trivia here on the MLP Forums. In the midst of Making Christmas Merrier, an event dedicated to Scootaloo is celebrated here on the forums around this time. Unlike in the past, this year's iteration has a trivia challenge associated with it. So I'm sure you can all spend some time answering these questions dedicated to Scootaloo. As usual, answer them all correctly and you will obtain a badge that will certainly have Scootaloo's seal of approval on it, and of course the bonus can be used as a substitute in case you get one of the regular ones wrong. How many questions? I believe there are eight here plus the bonus question so that should be plenty. Be sure to submit your answers to @Scootaloo and not me as if you send them to me, I would have to send them her way so please send your answers to her. Collaboration is still allowed as well as research and being given hints but I would appreciate if people don't post answers or close to that effect and hiding them with the spoiler tag. Some people are curious enough that they will want to check those out thus ruining their experience. You won't be punished or anything but it would be inconvenient. Remember, submit your answers to @Scootaloo. Oh, and this trivia will be active for the next four days. Ready for the questions? Q1. What was Scootaloo's first appearance in the show? Q2. What is Scootaloo's Cutie Mark? Q3. In which episode did Scootaloo start an Rainbow Dash fan club? Q4. When was Scootaloo taken under Rainbow Dash's wing? Q5. What two birds has Scootaloo been referred to as by the Cutie Mark Crusaders? Q6. After receiving their Cutie Marks, who was the CMC's first client? Q7. What mode of transportation does Scootaloo use to meet Rainbow Dash's parents in Parental Glideance? Q8. In the Canterlot Movie Club EQG short, what was Scootaloo dressed up as? Bonus: What are the names of Scootaloo's two aunts?
  3. Welcome to 'The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time' Trivia, here on the MLP Forums. No doubt many of you are surprised at seeing this appear on a forum dedicated to pastel coloured ponies and their human counterparts. Well, if you've read Jeric's post regarding non-MLP events--if you haven't then I suggested looking at it--then you'll know that this is something that has been planned for a while now. The regular trivia rules apply here just to let that be known so don't worry about having to memorize a new set of rules or anything. How much do you know about Ocarina of Time? A lot? Very little? None at all? Well... Your knowledge is going to be tested with two sets of questions dedicated to the game. Fortunately, you only need to answer the first set in order to obtain a badge. Yes, this trivia does have a badge so you're not doing this and getting nothing in return. Of course, if you were to answer the second set, you would get a better version of the badge in question as proof that you are a master of this game and its intricate secrets. Can you earn both badges? Yes, but only if you're a master. Anyway, the first set of questions are dedicated to Ocarina of Time. The second set is dedicated to the Master Quest version, the Nintendo 3DS remake, and some trivia that you would normally not consider when playing. That should make things more interesting. Unlike the previous trivia sub-events, there is no cast character to submit your answers to. So this time, you will be sending your answers to me directly. This also means that I am the one to ask for any questions, concerns, and hints where applicable. Each set has twelve questions and a bonus but remember that the Master Quest set are optional. Only those truly dedicated will attempt to answer those. This thread will remain open for the next four days as per usual. You know the drill with this bit by now. Remember, send your answers to me @Ganondorf8 Ready? Here we go! Ocarina of Time Set. Q1. How many dungeons exist in Ocarina of Time? Q2. What is known as Dampé, the Gravekeeper's 'stretching shrinking keepsake'? Q3. How many 'spiders of the curse' are there in total? Q4. The Stone of Agony resembles which Nintendo peripheral? Q5. How many songs can be learned on the ocarina? Q6. Who said the following and when? A. "You must have seen the white horse gallop past just now." B. "Oh! Oh-oh! C'mon! Come on! Come on! Come on! HOT!! What a hot beat! WHOOOOAH! YEEEEAH! YAHOOO!!" C. "Now I can get back to my blade business! My worrrrrk is not verrrry consistent, so I'll give this to you so you won't forrrrrget." D. "Past, present, future... The Master Sword is a ship with which you can sail upstream and downstream through time's river..." Q7. Who is the Guardian Spirit of the Forest? Q8. How many rupees does one need to purchase all ten magic beans? Q9. What are 'The Sacred Feet'? Q10. What does one do in the 'Forest Stage'? Q11. Like-Like is a creature that does what? Q12. The Mask of Truth has what special power? Bonus: Name all of the items obtained in the trading sequence, in order, that leads to the strongest sword in the game. (You need to name this as well) (Note: Spelling is optional.) (Note: I will accept the Ocarina of Time 3D name changes that were given to some of the items) Master Quest/3D/Other Set. Q1. What is the main change between Ocarina of Time and Master Quest? Q2. In Ocarina of Time 3D, the Stone of Agony was changed into what? Q3. In Master Quest, what kind of 'switches' were added to Inside Jabu-Jabu's Belly? Q4. When was Master Quest released? How was it released in North America? Q5. The Water Temple, a notorious dungeon, was changed in Ocarina of Time 3D to make it much easier to navigate. What was the change? Q6. The Ice Arrows are seen as the most useless item in the game. Why is this? Q7. In Master Quest, how many Iron Knuckles are fought in the game? How many are fought originally? Q8. Ocarina of Time 3D allowed for bosses to be fought again. What kind of mode is this and how does one access it? Q9. In Master Quest, where was the dungeon item moved to in the Fire Temple? Where was it originally? Q10. What is the Hylian Loach and how does one make it appear? Q11. In Master Quest, what creature is guarding the Iron Boots in the Ice Cavern? What was guarding them originally? Q12. Ocarina of Time 3D added two additional stipulations to Master Quest. What are they? Bonus: What is the infinite Gold Skulltula trick and how is it done?
  4. Ganondorf8

    Nightmare Night Trivia.

    Welcome to the Nightmare Night Trivia. Just when you thought that the nightmares were over, another trivia challenge has made its presence known. Surely all of you have the time to partake in this whilst going around and causing all kinds of Nightmare Night mischief. After all, you will earn a badge if you can answer these questions correctly. This time around, Nightmare Moon provided me with these questions save for the Equestria Girls bonus which happens to be my little treat. Given how powerful Nightmare Moon is during this time of the year, who was I to refuse her command to do this? I'd rather not end up suffering some kind of terrible curse or worse. The eight regular questions are all Nightmare Night related though the bonus question is something related to but not connected to the occasion. Like before, collaboration is allowed and you can be given hints for most of the questions excluding the bonus; that one you'll need to figure out on your own. @Nightmare Moon is who you should submit your answers to as well as any concerns but I can address some as well. When will she go over what you give her? When Nightmare Night has reached its conclusion. Luckily, our gracious host isn't without mercy so she will allow for some questions to be given a second attempt. However, the bonus question doesn't count because even she knows that you need to do it on your own. You'll have until the end of Nightmare Night to submit your answers which gives you a total of four days. Remember, send your answers to @Nightmare Moon. I promise that she won't cause you any trouble unless you do something to offend her. Here are your questions. Oh yeah. I forgot to mention this. There are eight questions plus one bonus. Q1. Who did Twilight dress as for Nightmare Night? Q2. Who had their first Nightmare Night during Luna Eclipsed? Q3. Why was the sleep over canceled in Stare Master? Q4. Why is Twilight headed to the Everfree Forest in Stare Master? Q5. What myth does Applejack tell Rainbow Dash in Castle of the Two Sisters in Castle Mane-ia? Q6. How does Spike reveal the Journal of the Two Sisters in Castle Mane-ia? Q7. What were the Mane Six dressed up as during Scare Master? Q8. What does Fluttershy do to scare her friends in Scare Master? Bonus: The Equestria Girls series is known for some of its characters becoming monsters. What are the names of these monsters? Who became them? And how did this happen to them? One note of warning here. You must spell out the names of the monsters correctly.
  5. Ganondorf8

    Cider Season Trivia

    Welcome to the Cider Season Trivia. In the midst of the insanity of the MLPF World Cup and the looming Nightmare Nights in the near future, Cider Season has begun and that means those who love to drink cider are going to be very happy. Hopefully, none of you are too hyped up on cider otherwise you might miss out on this. Right now, Applejack is busy dealing with an apple theft or something, but before she galloped off, she asked me to present some questions based on her exploits. Me? I don't drink cider myself so I'm more than fine to do this. There are nine questions to answer as well as a bonus question and by answering them all correctly, you will earn yourself a badge dedicated to Applejack. What is on it? I'll let you find out for yourselves. As before, you must submit your trivia answers to the right character. In this case, @Applejack. Any concerns must be sent her way though you can send them to me. Remember that hints aren't available for all questions and the bonus has none. Collaborations are also allowed so feel free to join forces with others if you feel the need to. Oh, and as usual, the bonus can be substituted as a correct answer if you're not comfortable with your answers for the regular ones. Now... Due to some issues in the previous trivia, there have been some slight changes. First of all, you will be given four days to submit your answers to a specific character, in this case, @Applejack, from the moment this trivia was posted on the forums. Also, from now on, the trivia threads will be given a time lock feature where they will automatically lock after the allotted time has passed. Once the lock happens, that particular trivia will have ended and no further submissions will be accepted barring very special circumstances. In this instance, it will lock after four days. Ready for the questions? Good because here they are. Q1. What command does Applejack use to get Winona to herd up animals? Q2. What are the cutie marks of each member of Sweet Apple Acres? Q3. What animal did Rainbow Dash knock over rushing to beat the line for Cider Season? Q4. How much does it cost for a Sweet Apple Acres mug of cider? Q5. Which episode did Applejack say the following: "I'm Applejack! More apple fwitter?" Q6. Where were Granny Smith, Big Mac, and Apple Bloom during Bats! Q7. What did Applejack do to the Apple Family with her lies as a filly? Q8. When did Granny Smith first fight the apple blight? Q9. What marks the site of the Apple & Pear wedding? Bonus. In Rollercoaster of Friendship, Pinkie Pie appoints Applejack to a special position and then the latter is able to use it to access an area that's off-limits to the public. What is the position Applejack is given? How is this position used to access the off-limits area? What does she do when she gets there? Edit: Question Five has been changed to include the correct quote. Thanks to @ChB for pointing it out.
  6. Ganondorf8

    Smile Day Trivia

    Welcome to the Smile Day Trivia here on the MLP Forums. Normally, Pinkie Pie would be here doing this, but ever since she started going around the forums doing her usual shenanigans, this became vacant so I decided to take it upon myself to once again host the trivia. Like before, there is a badge you can earn dedicated to Pinkie Pie by answering the questions below. However, it seems Pinkie made more questions than what was needed so I had to choose from what she provided. However, there was a distinct lack of an Equestria Girls question so I've taken the liberty of including that one myself. You will have 48 hours to submit your answers plus an additional 24 hour extension thus giving you a total of 72 hours. You are allowed to collaborate with other users in order to find the answers yet this may or may not alter the overall difficulty. Will hints be provided? Yes, but that will vary depending on how easy or difficult the question is. This means that some questions will have hints while others won't. It's probably best for people to go out and research the answers on their own. Note: There is no hint for the bonus question as that is meant to be challenging. Please submit your answers to @Pinkie Pie. I guarantee that she will read them in-between her usual shenanigans. Note: Unlike the previous trivia challenges, I don't know the answers to these questions except for the bonus. Therefore, it's best to send @Pinkie Pie any questions or concerns you may have. Here are your questions. There are eight of them plus a bonus question. Remember that the bonus can be used as a substitute if you get one of the regular ones wrong. 1) What did Pinkie Pie think the tickets to the Grand Galloping Gala were? 2) When do we first meet Gummy? 3) What is the rhyme to find the Mirror Pool? 4) What are most of Pinkie Pie's dreams about? 5) What food does Pinkie Pie save Griffonstone with? 6) How many sweets and spices are in the pie Pinkie Pie makes for Rainbow Dash for her Wonderbolts Training? 7) What did Pinkie Pie want to get Maud for PSSD? 8) Who does Pinkie Pie hit with a pizza in Rock Solid Friendship? Bonus: In the Equestria Girls series, there is a moment where Pinkie Pie imitates a video game character. Who was that character and how did Pinkie imitate them?
  7. Stone Cold Steve Tuna

    Fibberkish Nestcoms (Gibberish Question)

    Uh-oh! Chestnuts flicks mime tour? Anyone that knows me might know that I am a fan of Jellyvision's series of irreverent trivia games, You Don't Know Jack. One of the question catagories is the Gibberish Question. Basically we take a popular phrase, song title, idiom, what have you, and corrupt it into gibberish. Your job is to figure out what it means. For example: Fart! Held Gerald Hangers fling! (Hark! The Herald Angels Sing) Make your guess and then leave your own flibberkisk nestcomb! Leave a hint too if you feel so inclined. I will start us off: Sock a guy, save me!
  8. Lord Valtasar

    Twilight Trivia

    In case some of wou missed this, the trivia has started
  9. I got the greenlight to post this! Thanks Admins/mods! Hello, everyone! What I'm about to present to you all is a bit different when it comes to other games. I bring you a pony project I've been working on, something practically new for the fandom to dive into ... via Amazon's Alexa. As Spark A.I. (Spark Artificial Intelligence,) I've been learning to create Alexa skills as a new developer and have made a FiM skill as one of my first projects. My creation is called "World of Equestria." Designed with 2 main parts and 1 surprise: Equestria fact: Alexa randomly chooses a fact to tell. You can listen to just one, or as many as you like. Equestria trivia game: A series of 3 random questions. The goal, get all 3 correct. If you get some wrong, there's a bonus question if you want it. You should be able to play every day and always get a different combination of questions. The hidden surprise: This is my favorite part. Within each step, Alexa will ask if you want to continue. If you answer with something she won't recognize (you can say anything to trigger this hidden part, so go nuts,) Alexa will say randomly crazy pony things in response, then she repeats her original question. World of Equestria is still growing, but the skill is live and ready for everyone to play. I will be adding a lot more facts, trivia questions, and crazy Alexa pony sayings over time. I would like to see if the fandom is interested and wants more. I have the ability to monitor the analytics of my Alexa skills, so I'll know how many people enable and play it. Here are the Amazon links to World of Equestria, currently available in English speaking countries that have the 'kids skill' category. This is completely free to enable and play:  (US) - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07G15NBBW (UK) - https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07G15NBBW (IN) - https://www.amazon.in/dp/B07G15NBBW (AU) - https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B07G15NBBW Anyone owning a device with Alexa will be able to use this skill. For those that don't have an Alexa device, you can download the Alexa App. (Note: Amazon does not have kids skills available in the Canadian Amazon store or any other remaining English speaking countries. Only in the 4 I've listed above. As soon as Amazon expands Kids Skills into more English Speaking countries, I'll be able to launch World of Equestria to those countries as well.) Important Note: I designed this as a kids skill. Amazon has a Verified Parental Consent feature for kids skills in order to operate within the confines of child data protections, like the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). Here's what to expect if you haven't enabled kids skills before: To enable a kid skill for the first time, Alexa will ask the customer to give permission in the Alexa app and will guide the customer through the process. To give permission, parents will need to verify their identity using a one-time SMS code sent to the mobile phone number in their Amazon account, or by entering the security code of the credit card in their Amazon account. Alexa will save the parental consent and access to kid skills will not require this verification again. This is normal and is part of Amazon policy to protect kids under the age of 13. I hope you all enjoy my new creation. Let me know what you think of it. And remember, I'll be adding more to this over time. If you have any suggestions of what you would like to see in my World of Equestria Alexa Skill, reply to this thread. Have fun!
  10. ultrairongorilla

    Post Random Trivia

    It's simple. Just post some random trivia off the top of your head that you find really interesting. Abraham Lincoln used his hat as a carrying case for whatever important papers he needed for the day. Cats have 230 bones in their body.
  11. HorsesandMOARGaloar

    Spoiler Does Gloriosa Daisy hate spas?

    When Rarity mentioned that she wanted to take weekly trips to the spa, Gloriosa (as Gaea Everfree) got very angry after hearing of it, for it reminded her of Filthy Rich's proposed spa that might have replaced her camp. So it made me wonder: is it that because of what Filthy Rich does, that Gloriosa hates spas, and would never even want to visit one? Or was it just only during her temporary Gaea Everfree-fuelled rage to protect her camp?
  12. Alright, This idea just popped up while I was at a restruant called Buffalo Wild Wings. I'm CRE, Your Trivia host for Interactive My Little Pony Trivia. INSTRUCTIONS: All the questions are based on My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Seasons 1 and 2. Each question correct is 1 point added to your score. 2 - 8 players can play at the same time. 10 questions per game. Bonus question: If you get it correct, Your points will be doubled. We will start on Thursday at 12:00 PM EST sharp. PLAYERS: 1. NeverNeverland 2. Tyger 3. Finesthour 4. Colton Manestache 5. OceanBreeze 6. Ice 7. Lady Rarity 8. PlasmaStorm
  13. SixShooterOutlaw

    Random Useless Facts

    Hello and Welcome to the Random Useless Facts thread! Here is the place to post about the random bits of trivia you know! Examples: Grapes explode when you put them in the microwave. All the swans in England are property of the Queen. All porcupines float in water. Benjamin Franklin was the fifth in a series of the youngest son of the youngest son. Have fun!
  14. Someone once said that you aren't living if you don't learn something new everyday. So I made this thread. If you learned something new today, post it here. All genre's of knowledge welcome here. History, Science, Math, General life lessons, Social stuff, Technical things you learn on the job, 'Street-knowledge', whatever... Feel free to cite the new thing you learned if it's cite-able, and keep discussion to a minimum so the thread doesn't become all about one thing. (you can always take discussions to pm or make a new thread for that) The primary purpose of this thread is to just post something new you learned today and to build a repository of facts n knowledge so others can come to this thread and do the same. Don't get cute and repost something new you learned from this thread Something new I learned today: A dime has 118 ridges around its edge, but a quarter has 119.
  15. 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
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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
  21. 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.
  22. That's right, today I'm taking on a whole franchise. I've got nothing better do with my life, except literally anything else. - The most profitable slasher series of all time. The original alone made $40 million on its budget of $500,000. - Onscreen body count: 199. The movie with the most murders is Jason X at 23, a number that's even higher if you count the 20,000 people on board that exploding space station. - The sound isn't "chi-chi-chi cha-cha-cha". It's "ki-ki-ki ma-ma-ma", as in "Kill her, Mommy". - It's no secret most of the actors who have worked on this series don't view it in the best light. Some called their respective movies "c-list", and Betsy Palmer (Pamela Voorhees) hated the original. - Over 10 actors have played Jason over the years. Kane Hodder (who also played Lord Zedd on Power Rangers) was the stuntman who played him the most, in a total of four separate films. - Tom Savini, makeup artist on the first film, based Jason's disfigured visage on a mentally challenged man he knew from his childhood. - It was Savini who thought up the Carrie-style jump scare at the end of the movie. He would check out the last five minutes of screenings just to see people's reactions, which probably made the three months needed to reshoot and reshoot it. - The original was filmed at Camp No-Be-Bo-Sco in Blairstown, New Jersey, which still functions as a boy scout camp. - The original magazine ad for the movie was released before they had even written a script. They just wanted to see if any other movie already had that title. - The original mask was sculpted out of a Detroit Red Wings goalie mask. - Crispin Glover's awkward dancing scene in Part IV was originally set to "Back in Black", but they couldn't secure the rights. - Speaking of which, Part IV has the most nudity out of any movie in the franchise... ...or so I've been told. - Part VII was meant to crossover the series with Nightmare on Elm Street, but they couldn't get the rights to Freddy, so his role in the script was replaced with a teenage girl with psychic powers. We would have to wait to 2003 for that fight to happen. - Jason Goes to Hell features a cameo from The Evil Dead's Necrinomicon, along with the demonic dagger thing from the first two movies, implying some sort of connection with that franchise. In fact, the sequel to Freddy vs. Jason was suppose to include Ash in a three-way battle to the death, but Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell decided not to take part when they were informed that Ash would not be allowed to definitively kill the other two. - That corporate guy who gets killed in the opening to Jason X is David Cronenberg, director of The Fly, The Brood, and Videodrome, which should probably be your indication that you shouldn't be taking anything in that movie seriously... ...if this scene or the robot nipples didn't make that clear already. - In a majority of the films, there is a storm either approaching Camp Crystal Lake or there's already one going on. The obvious idea we're suppose to be taking from this is that Jason is totally a force of God killing all those horny teenage delinquents. - The 2009 remake apparently featured too much sex for producer Michael Bay, who walked out on the premiere. - Not really trivia so much as an obvious fact, but Jason wasn't the killer in the original. It was his mum. Do your homework, kids; your life may depend on it. - Jason hates all the bands you like. What a fun, if not totally stupid franchise. Let's end this with Jason punching a dude's head off.
  23. 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.
  24. Couldn't find a good gif, so I made one. The King of the Monsters deserves no less. I've provided the following tune to establish the evening's tone. Please repeat the song how many times you need to finish reading this. - Originally envisioned as a giant octopus, before the look of a giant ape with a mushroom shaped head (because mushroom cloud) was considered. - "Gojira" is a combination of the Japanese words for "gorilla" and "whale". A popular idea has it that this was the nickname of a guy who was working at Toho at the time. "Anguirus" was considered, but ultimately saved for Godzilla's greatest monster ally. - It varies depending on which continuity we're dealing with, but as of right now, Godzilla stands at 80 meters (267 feet), weighing 55,000 tons. - The roar is accomplished by rubbing a leather glove down the strings of a bass, similar to the TARDIS sound effect. - The original was made practically at the last minute; Toho needed to make a movie, any movie, and fast. Producer Tomoyuki Tanaka got the initial idea for the movie during a plain flight by taking a bunch of random magazine covers and stories and mashing them together. The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms served as the basic idea of a giant monster, and Godzilla's origins (animal that was mutated by nuclear fallout) came from a story about a U.S. bomb testing mutating the local tuna population. - This pressure to get something done fast meant they had to abandon the use of King Kong-style stop motion effects. Thus, they brought in the suit. And unfortunately for the man inside it, it was a wearable hell. A drain had to be installed to easily let sweat out, and it could only be worn for 3 minutes at a time. - King Kong vs. Godzilla remains the highest grossing Godzilla movie ever. - Godzilla vs. DESTOROYAHHHHH!!!, which ends with our favorite reptilian anti0hero dying, really was meant to be the last Godzilla movie for awhile. That is, until the 1998 American remake sucked so freaking hard that Toho decided they needed to make a few more to appease all the pissed off fans. Within the movies themselves, the filmmakers took every chance they could manage to take a shit on Zilla (the American version), even going so far as to have that crappy version of Godzilla fight the real one in the (for now) final movie, only to be taken down in 13 seconds. Huh. Seems I don't know too many Godzilla fact-o-roonies. I am sad. I'm gonna have to make up for this one. In the meantime, have this.
  25. How does Spike open the door? With a Skeleton Key, of course!!