Don’t you love being the one in the room to point something out in a movie that no one even remotely had a clue about? Shit yes you do. So here is a list of some pretty cool things about some classic horror movies that not a lot of people know about. The reason why I chose these in particular is because I figured most people have already seen them and this wouldn’t be nearly as much fun if you haven’t seen the movie. It’s a lot of fun to go back and re-watch these films knowing this kind of stuff, trust me!
Evil Dead II
I’m starting off with Evil Dead II because it has one of the coolest things hidden in it. Next time you watch this movie be sure to look very carefully during the toolshed scene where Ash cuts the head off of his newly turned deadite girlfriend. Why? Because, hanging above the door of the toolshed is none other than Freddy Krueger’s glove. Pretty cool right? Well, the reason Sam Raimi decided to hide this little gem in his film is because Wes Craven shows The Evil Dead playing on a television screen in a scene of A Nightmare on Elm Street. I love that Raimi did this because it has to be the ultimate crossovers of horror movies. What if Freddy existed in Ash’s universe, was everything Ash going through just a dream created by Freddy!? There is also another scene where you can find Krueger’s famous glove during the film but I’m not going to spoil it for you. You guys are just gonna have to find that one on your own. Check out the picture below to see if you can spot the glove in the toolshed.
A Nightmare on Elm Street
That leads us right into this next one. Not only was A Nightmare on Elm Street Johnny Depp’s first movie but his famous scene has been dubbed as one of the greatest movie deaths of all time. Before Depp’s character dies you can hear the broadcaster on the radio say, “It is now twelve midnight and this is station KRGR leaving the air.” And what do you know, Krueger shows up immediately after. The scene involves hundreds of gallons of fake blood using a rotating set that was built upside down. They then mounted the camera so the scene would appear right-side-up and literally let a waterfall of blood fall through the hole in the bed. The set was supposed to turn in order to keep the blood from going everywhere and destroying everything but it turned incorrectly and did just that. The blood rushed outside of the set causing the power to go out leaving the entire cast and crew in the dark and covered in blood. This incident is known as the “Ferris Wheel of Hell”. Also, the very first time Robert Englund (Freddy) tried on the infamous Freddy glove, he cut himself!
It is hard to find anyone who hasn’t seen Halloween. Even to this day the movie still holds up extremely well. For this being one of the scariest films of all time it is very surprising that you only ever see blood in the movie three times. Only three! One thing many people don’t know about this movie is the fact that they had hardly any money to make it. Like literally the budget for this movie was so low they could only pay their leading actress 8,000 dollars. Ouch. It turns out, being poor can sometimes be a good thing. Because of their shoestring budget they decided to go out to the department store and buy the cheapest mask they could find. The same mask that the Michael Meyers wears in the film. That mask also happens to be a Star Trek William Shatner mask. In order to get the mask so creepy they spray-painted the face white, teased out the hair, and reshaped the eye holes. Shatner even admitted much later that he had absolutely no clue that his face was used in order to create one of the scariest horror characters of all time. Can you imagine just randomly finding something like that out one day,
“So you’re saying a man wearing my face went on a killing spree?”
During the scene where Laurie is babysitting you can hear a movie playing on the television. That movie was The Thing from Another World. Just four years after Halloween, John Carpenter would go on to directed the remake. Made on a budget of $320,000, Halloween became the highest-grossing independent film ever made at that time, taking home roughly $60,000,000 world wide.
Night of the Living Dead
Night of the Living Dead was Romero’s first feature film that became one of the most successful independent films of all time. Romero’s film was one of the first ever to graphically show violent murders on screen. The movie was regarded as so violent that in 1968 Readers Digest tried to warn people from watching it because they claimed if ever watched, it would inspire cannibalism. Because the movie was shot in black and white they were able to use bosco chocolate syrup to simulate the blood in the film. If only it were that easy these days. In one of the scenes where the main character Ben is nailing up wooden boards you can see small numbers on them. These were written on the backs of the boards so they could be removed and replaced in between shots. The reason some of the numbers are visible is because they were accidentally nailed up backwards. Never once in the movie are the undead referred to as zombies, in fact, the only thing that the media could come up with at the time was “ghouls”. Surprisingly George A. Romero earned almost nothing from his classic film because he knew very little regarding distribution deals so the distributors ended up walking away with all of the profits.
There you go everyone, now you know some things about these movies that I guarantee your friends won’t.
Oh, and before you go. Here is one quick-bit that I absolutely love. You know the movie The Texas Chainsaw Massacre? Well, before they settled on that title it had been given the name “Headcheese”. Yea, you read that right… “Headcheese”. Can you imagine:
“Oh, is that the one about the radio active cheese man that goes around force feeding people cheese causing death by rapidly clogging their arteries? Wait… What? You mean it’s about a guy who wears peoples skin and hacks them up with a chainsaw? Yea dude… that sounds way better, let’s go see that instead.”