Scary Halloween Film Facts!
  • Halloween was shot in 21 days.
  • Due to budget constraints on Halloween, the prop department used the cheapest mask that they could find, which was a William Shatner mask. The mask was spray-painted white and the eye holes reshaped.
  • Nightmare on Elm Street was Johnny Depp’s first film. Johnny accompanied his friend to auditions for the film and was then spotted by director Wes Craven and given a part.
  • Nightmare on Elm Street was shot in 30 days and cost roughly $1.8 million to produce. The film went on to make more than this amount at the box office on its first weekend alone.
  • When The Exorcist was released in the UK a number of town councils banned the film. This prompted enterprising travel companies to start “Exorcist Bus Trips” taking groups of people to a town where the film was showing.
  • Whilst filming The Candyman real bees were actually put into Tony Todd’s mouth.
  • Hellraiser was originally titled ‘The Hellbound Heart’ but it was changes as it was thought to sound too much like a romantic film.
  • The first Saw film was filmed in 18 days and is one of the most profitable horror films of all time.
  • Johnny Depp was not the first choice for the title role in Edward Scissorhands and only said 169 words in the film.
  • The first Paranormal Activity film took only 10 days to film, cost less than $15,000 to make as was filmed in the directors own home.
  • Janet Leigh spent only three weeks filming the movie Psycho and spent one of those weeks filming the shower sequence. The film took only 30 days in total of shooting.
  • Leonardo DiCaprio turned down a role in Hocus Pocus, choosing instead to appear in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape.
  • The Shining was shot in script order with many scenes requiring several takes, one scene even ostensibly claiming the world record for most takes of a shot.
  • The script for the film Eraserhead was only 20 pages long and there is no dialogue for the first 10.5 minutes of this movie.
  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre was shot in chronological order and four weeks to complete, shooting seven days a week, 16 hours a day, in daytime temperatures of over 100 degrees. The film is said to be loosely based on real life serial killer Ed Gein as is the film Psycho.
  • It was Drew Barrymore’s audition for a role in Poltergeist that landed her a part in E.T.
  • Shot in only 8 days The Blair Witch Project was largely improvised with nearly all the events in the film on-camera surprises to the three actors.

We hope you enjoyed these facts and have a very happy and spoooooky Halloween!

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