Record Breaking Profits – Paranormal Activity
Originally conceived as an independent feature this classic was acquired by Paramount and slightly modified, notably to give it a new ending. What a purchase! This scary movie generated approximately $193 million worldwide after an original budget of $15,000 making it one of the most profitable films ever made. Though, don’t forget about marketing costs. But even then, it is a record breaker.
Slightly Sexist – The Thing
We’re not getting into a sexist debate here, just simply stating the facts, on the set of 1982’s The Thing, the whole cast and crew comprised of dudes and dudes only. The only female presence in this film was that of a chess computer, voiced by Carpenter and Adrienne Barbeau, together with a few female contestants viewed on an episode of Let’s Make a Deal.
Lightning Fast Filming – Saw
Hard to believe the movie that spawned 6 (going on 7) more was filmed in just 18 days. Additionally, this classic had such a low budget at $1.2 million and went on to generate $104 million – making it one of the most profitable films ever.
Ripley Got Skills – Alien: Resurrection
Everyone remembers this scene from the 1997 Alien film. Believe it or not, Ripley aka Sigourney Weaver actually made that impressive basketball shot, the cast were as shocked as you and she did it while in character. It makes you wonder, before deciding to become an actress, was she a basketball star?
Featuring The First Flush – Psycho
Alfred Hitchcock’s, Psycho (1960) was the first American film ever to show a flushing toilet. Here’s a bonus one for you – Mr Walt Disney actually refused Hitchcock entry to Disneyland in the early 60s because Hitchcock had made “that disgusting movie, ‘Psycho.'” – he obviously wasn’t a fan of scary movies.
Speed Scoring – Halloween
John Carpenter wrote the theme for Halloween in 4 days after a film critic who screened the film with no score claimed it wasn’t scary. Well if there’s something we can take from Jaws it’s the score MAKES a suspenseful, scary movie.
Conceiving A Nightmare – A Nightmare on Elm Street
Wes Craven came up with the idea of the horror movie classic, A Nightmare on Elm Street after reading about a family that had survived the awful Killing Fields genocide in Cambodia. This family fled to the USA but their youngest child found himself plagued by routine nightmares. Craven says, “He told his parents he was afraid that if he slept, the thing chasing him would get him, so he tried to stay awake for days at a time. When he finally fell asleep, his parents thought this crisis was over. Then they heard screams in the middle of the night. By the time they got to him, he was dead. He died in the middle of a nightmare. Here was a youngster having a vision of a horror that everyone older was denying. That became the central line of Nightmare on Elm Street.”
Held Accountable – Cannibal Holocaust
The director of Cannibal Holocaust, Ruggero Deodato, had murder charges brought against him until he could prove in court that the actors in said film were still alive. One might even suggest this is testament to how realistic Cannibal Holocaust looked and felt, maybe Deodato was even flattered?