Rare Photos Of How Your Favorite Horror Movies Were Made
I love horror movies. There's something about them that is unsettling yet entertaining. I guess that's why horror movies are so popular and directors have been doing them since the late 1890's, when Georges Meliés filmed The Haunted Castle, that is considered the first horror movie ever.
Horror movies usually take a lot of work, time and money, and some scenes look like a magician's trick. We gathered fifty rare photos of your favorite horror movies when the camera was off, to show you some of their secrets, and a few facts that you probably didn't know about how those movies were made. Take a look.
Sleepy Hollow is a 1999 movie starring Johnny Depp and Christina Ricci and directed by Tim Burton. It was entirely filmed with a blue filter, so in order to make blood look red, it has to be an orange liquid.
THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS
The Silence of the Lambs is a 1991 movie starring Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster. They weren't the first choices: Gene Hackman was going to be Lecter and also direct the movie, and Michelle Pfeiffer was going to be Clarice Starling.
The Shining is a 1980 movie starring Jack Nicholson and directed by Stanley Kubrick. It is based on a Stephen King's novel. It is a classic, but King didn't like the movie, especially Nicholson's work.
The Birds is a 1963 movie directed by famous Alfred Hitchcock and starring Tippi Hedren. Hitchcock thought of a lot of movie stars to give them the main role, but he finally choose Hedren after he saw her in a commercial. She had no experience and Hitchcock change her entire looks.
Halloween is a 1978 classical movie starring Jamie Lee Curtis. A legend surrounding this movie was confirmed a few years ago: The Michael Myers mask is actually a mask of the face of William Shatner.
It is a 1990 two parts television event starring Tim Curry and directed by Tommy Lee Wallace, based on a novel by Stephen King. It has a huge budget for a television special, the equivalent of today's twenty million dollars, while the 2017 cinema reboot costed 30 million dollars.
Psycho is a 1960 movie directed by master of suspense Alfred Hitchcock. It was a very revolutionary film for the time, but not for the reasons you'd expect: It was the first movie ever to show a toilet and include the sound of toilet flushing.
Carrie is a classical 1976 movie starring Sissy Spacek and directed by Brian de Palma. It is based in a novel by Stephen King. It was actually Stephen King's first novel and also first movie adaptation.
NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD
Night of the Living Dead is a 1968 movie directed by George Romero. The movie is a zombie classic. In the scenes where the living dead are eating human flesh, the actors are actually eating ham covered in chocolate.
A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET
A Nightmare on Elm Street is a classical 1984 movie directed by Wes Craven and starring Johnny Depp. The role was actually intended for Charlie Sheen, but he asked too much money, giving Johnny Depp the opportunity of his first role ever.
The Wolfman is a 1941 movie directed by George Waggner. It was a big success and we owe this movie all the characteristics of modern days werewolves, such as the fact of being turned into one with a bite.
The Exorcist is a 1973 movie starring Linda Blair and Ellen Burstyn and directed by William Friedkin. The character of Father Dyer is played by William O'Malley, who is an actual priest.
Saw is a 2014 movie, directed by James Wan. It is one of the most profitable horror movies of all time. It was filmed in only 18 days and in chronological order so the actors could feel what the characters were going through.
We already talked about The Shining. Here you can see Jack Nicholson at a shooting break. He was fed only by cheese sandwiches for two weeks to make him agitated. He hates them.
Rosemary's baby is a 1968 film starring Mia Farrow and directed by Roman Polanski. It was quite traumatic for Mia to shoot this movie. She had to eat a raw liver though she was vegetarian.
Crimson Peak is a 2015 movie directed by Guillermo del Toro and starring Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska and Jessica Chastain. In fact, is Jessica the one you see seated in the middle of this photo.
Child's Play is a 1988 movie directed by Tom Holland that had a few sequels. It was first called Batteries not included, but Spielberg was doing a movie with the same name.
Gremlins is a 1984 movie directed by Joe Dante and produced by Steven Spielberg. When the studio saw the movie, they told Dante and Spielberg that there were too many gremlins, so Spielberg answered "Let's take them all off and call the movie People"
Pet Sematary is a 1989 film directed by Mary Lambert based on a novel by Stephen King. It was filmed in the same Maine area were King located the story originally, twenty minutes away from his home.
Frankenstein is a 1931 movie directed by James Whale and starring Boris Karloff. Karloff was so little known by that time that he wasn't even invited to the film's premiere.
Critters 3 is the third part of the Critters saga, made in 1991 directed by Kristine Peterson and starring Leonardo DiCaprio. This was Leo's first role in a movie.
The Omen is a 1976 movie directed by Richard Donner and starring Gregory Peck. A lot of weird things happened during and after the filming of this movie, what give it the fame of being cursed.
Jaws is a 1975 movie directed by Steven Spielberg. Three mechanical sharks were used for shooting this movie, each of them costed 250,000 dollars. In one scene they used an actual shark.
Alien is a 1979 classical horror movie directed by Ridley Scott and starring Sigourney Weaver. The famous Xenomorphe only has four minutes of screen in the whole movie, and appears an hour after the movie starts.
Scream is a horror movie premiered in 1996 directed by Wes Craven and starring Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox and David Arquette. When Drew Barrymore's character hits the killer on the face with a phone, it was actually Craven who was using the costume.
The Fly is a 1986 movie directed by David Cronenberg and starring Jeff Goldblum and Geena Davis. Goldblum often had to wear more that five pounds of prosthetic makeup in most of the scenes.
KING KONG VS GODZILLA
King Kong vs. Godzilla is a japanese movie directed by Ishiro Honda. For a scene they used four live octopus, and they shot them with air to make them move. After the shooting all were released except for one that was eaten.
THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING MAN
The Incredible Shrinking Man is a 1957 movie directed by Jack Arnold. It is about a man that begins to shrink due to radiation exposure. The set was made especially for the movie, and they fill condoms in order to make big drops of water.
Young Frankenstein is a 1974 movie directed by Mel Brooks and starring Gene Wilder, who told the director that he would do the movie only if he didn't appear on it, and Brooks accepted.
The Gate is a 1987 movie directed by Tibor Takacs. As you can see in this picture, the little demons that appear in the movie are actually actors in rubber costumes made tiny by forced perspective.
THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS
The Nightmare before Christmas is a 1993 movie directed by Henry Selick. It took three years to more than one hundred people to get this film done. For every second of the film 12 movements had to be done.
Antichrist is a 2009 movie directed by Lars Von Trier and starring Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg. Von Trier filmed this movie a few days after he left a hospital where he was being treated for depression.
CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON
Creature from the Black Lagoon is a 1954 movie directed by Jack Arnold and starring Julie Adams, who got unconscious in one scene because the guy who was playing the monster miscalculated the distance to the wall.
Castle Freak is a 1995 movie directed by Stuart Gordon. The castle used in the film is a real castle that is actually the house of the president of the distribution company.
Cujo is a 1983 movie directed by Lewis Teague based on a Stephen King novel. Actually, it was Stephen King who asked for Teague, since he had seen his previous film and loved it.
IT is a 2017 movie directed by Andy Muschietti and starring Bill Skarsgard. It has the record of being the most successful horror movie of all times, with a gross of more than 300 million dollars only in the United States.
FRIDAY THE 13TH
Friday the 13th is a 1980 movie directed by Sean S. Cunningham. The movie was shot in an actual camp that is still operating, they only had to build a bathroom.
The Howling is a 1980 movie directed by Joe Dante. In the final scene, the last transformation had to be done in an office because they didn't have any more budget for a set.
EVIL DEAD II
Evil Dead II is a 1987 movie directed by Sam Raimi. It is not a proper sequel of Evil Dead because they didn't got the rights to do it, so it's kinda a reboot.
The Thing is a 1982 movie directed by John Carpenter and starring Kurt Russell. It has become a cult movie in Antarctica, where is a tradition to watch it during a festival.
Predator is a 1987 movie directed by John McTiernan and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. Originally Predator was going to be played by Jean Claude Van Damme but he quit because he wanted to appear on screen without the costume.
BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN
Bride of Frankenstein is a 1935 movie directed by James Whale. Boris Karloff returns to be the famous monster, but this time he is so famous he doesn't even need a name, he is credited as "Karloff".
Carrie is a 2013 movie directed by Kimberly Peirce and starring Chloe Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore. It is the third adaptation of the story but the first one where Carrie is actually a teenager: The other two actresses were almost in their 30's and Chloe was just 15.
The Live is a 1988 movie directed by John Carpenter and starring Roddy Piper. Piper's character doesn't really have a name, his name is never mentioned in the movie and he is credited as "Nada", that means "Nothing" in spanish.
The Mummy is a 1932 movie directed by Karl Freund and starring Boris Karloff, who was already a huge horror star. It took more than eight hours a day to apply the makeup on his face.
AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON
An American Werewolf in Paris is a 1981 movie directed by John Landis. It was the first movie ever to get an Oscar for best Makeup, since the award was created in 1981.
SHAUN OF THE DEAD
Shaun of the Dead is a 2004 movie directed by Edgar Wright and starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. Its premiere had to be delayed because there was another movie, Dawn of the Dead, being premiered at the same time and it was confusing.
THE ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU
The Island of Dr. Moreau is a 1996 movie directed by John Frankenheimer. The original director of this movie was Richard Stanley, but since he was fired and replaced with Frankenheimer, he asked the makeup crew to make him a mask and he overlooked the shooting of the movie without anyone noticing.
Maximum Overdrive is a 1986 movie directed by Stephen King. It is the only credit that Stephen King has as a director, and when asked why he didn't direct any more movies he answered "Just watch Maximum Overdrive"
Dracula is a 1992 film directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder and Anthony Hopkins. Coppola thought that when a vampire is present in the room the laws of physics no longer run, and that's why strange things happen, sometimes unnoticed.