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Things About Horror Movies You Might Want to Know

Scary movies have been scaring people for almost as long as cinemas have been built. It might be hard to grasp as to how these horror films get around in the movie to create the frightening ghosts or the horrifying zombies and monsters. To uncover some of these mysteries, we’ll be listing facts about horror movies that you may or may know and may or may not need to know. (From IMDB.com)

  • The cursed video in The Ring (2002) is actually available as an Easter egg on the DVD. Select Look Here and press down then your cursor will disappear. Press Enter. This has an interesting feature; your remote control is disabled, and once the video has started playing, you can’t stop it, pause it, fast-forward it, or return to the menu. Unless you turn off the TV, you’re forced to watch the whole thing. When it’s over, the DVD returns to the menu, then you hear a phone ring twice before you’re given control over your remote again.
  • The infamous staircase sequence in the The Grudge (2004), where Kayako is crawling down the stairs while bending and contorting her body in ways that seem humanly impossible. Takako Fuji, who was Kayako, was a trained contortionist and ballet dancer and performed the stunts herself. There were no effects or trick shots used.
  • When the movie The Conjuring (2013) was shown in the Philippines, some cinemas had to hire Catholic priests to bless the viewers before showing it. This was due to some viewers having reported a “Negative Presence” after watching the film. The priests also provided spiritual and psychological help to the viewers.
  • The titular character Mama in Mama (2013) was actually played by a man named Javier Botet, who has Marfan syndrome, giving him a slender body and long fingers. Also, he has well-above-average range of motion in his joints, making CGI on Mama’s movement unnecessary.
  • Had director Flanagan agreed to film Oculus (2013) in the “found footage” genre (like Paranormal Activity), a number of studios would have backed it as early as 2006. However the director refused.
  • Since this film The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005) was released, a persistent urban legend has sprung up amongst students at the University of Minnesota. According to the legend, Pioneer Hall, an allegedly haunted dormitory, was where Emily Rose was first “possessed,” as seen in the film. However, as Emily Rose is a fictional version of Anneliese Michel, a German woman who never attended the U of M, this legend is obviously false.

  • Ellen DeGeneres lived in the apartment used in Annabelle (2014). While promoting the movie in her show, she explained that: “The apartment in the movie was my first apartment that I moved to in L.A. That was the building I lived in; where they shot the movie. I was watching it going: ‘That looks familiar’ and it was my building. It was scary back then too.”
  • During the first test screenings of Paranormal Activity (2007), people started leaving the theater. Originally the crew thought this was because the film wasn’t going over very well with its audience, only to discover that people left the auditorium because they couldn’t handle the intensity of the piece.
  • The horror movie The Woman in Black (2012) was Daniel Radcliffe’s first movie after the Harry Potter franchise.
  • Director Jennifer Kent was extremely sensitive about introducing the themes of The Babadook (2014) to child actor Noah Wiseman. During the three weeks of pre-production, she carefully gave him a child-friendly version of what the story was about. Wiseman’s mother was on set throughout filming, and Wiseman himself was never actually present on set during scenes in which Essie Davis’ character abuses her son; Davis instead delivered the lines to an adult actor who stood on his knees. Kent is quoted as saying “I didn’t want to destroy a childhood to make this film.”

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