I love movies, I love trivia, and I LOVE Halloween. In the spirit of Halloween here is some trivia behind 13 of my favorite Halloween films.
1- It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966)
After this special aired in 1966, children from all around the world, reportedly sent candy addressed to Charlie Brown out of sympathy. Writer/Creator Charles Schultz talked about this in detail in the book and retrospective TV special, Happy Birthday, Charlie Brown.
2- Halloween (1978)
Forget the unneeded or unwanted Rob Zombie remakes, the original John Carpenter’s Halloween is still incredibly frightening and when it–along with the countless sequels–runs on loop on AMC, it’s my favorite part the Halloween season.
This film was an independent production that was filmed on a minuscule budget of $300,000 dollars; which meant cutting costs at every corner was a must.
Famously, the production team went to a local store and bought the cheapest Halloween mask they could find; just so happened to be a Star Trek William Shatner mask–repainted of course.
Thats right, Michael Myers is William Shatner with a paint job.
3- The Exorcist (1973)
The Exorcist was the first Horror film to be nominated for a Best Picture Academy Award, and would remain that way all the way up until 1991, when Silence of the Lambs would be nominated.
This film was so scary upon its release, at some theaters, paramedics where on site in case of people fainting or getting sick.
While this film made people scared of pea soup for decades to come, the child star, Linda Blair, had other things to be afraid of; like religious nuts.
Blair received so many death threats from religious zealots because of the satanism depicted in this film, the studio provided her with bodyguards.
Luckily, she came out unscathed.
4-The Nightmare Before Christmas
It took more than 100 people three years to complete this film due to the meticulous amount of work that it takes for stop motion animation. For every 1 second of film, up to 12 stop-motion moves had to be accomplished.
Though this film was based on a poem written by Tim Burton, and most people associate him with it, it was actually directed by Henry Selick. Burton was too busy with the production of Batman Returns (1992) and Ed Wood (1994) to direct.
5-The Addams Family (1991)
Tim Burton was originally slated to direct this film as well, since he had already worked with both writers of this film, individually.
The Addams Family also had ties with the mafia..sorta. The fat suit worn by Christopher Lloyd was actually also worn by Bruno Kirby of The Godfather: Part II
6-Hocus Pocus (1993)
Though this film has gained a cult following and gets plenty of play during the fall, it was originally released in the Summer and underperformed.
Leonardo DiCaprio was originally offered the role of Max Dennison, but he turned it down in order to appear in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape.
We can all agree this was a huge career mistake…
Though considered by many to be the titular vampire film, at no point in this film do you ever see the counts fangs, or the famous vampire bite marks on the neck.
When he passed in 1956, Star Bela Lugosi was buried in the black silk cape he made famous; a decision made by his wife.
Was filmed on the same street as E.T the Extra-Terrestrial, because filmmaker Steven Spielberg made the two films concurrently.
Real life tragedy surrounded this movie. The actress who played the teenage sister to Carol—Anne, Dominique Dunne, was strangled to death by her boyfriend the same year as release.
Heather O’Rourke, the actress that played Carol Anne, died six years later from intestinal stenosis during the filming of the second sequel.
Both actresses are buried in the same cemetery.
9-Trick ‘r Treat
went through several title changes, some of which were Season’s Greetings—the name of the short film its based on—Halloween Terrors, Jack O’ Lantern Tales, October 31st, and finally Trick or Treat.
Though the final name was eventually chosen, the spelling was changed due to the fact a film already existed with this title.
10-Night of the Living Dead (1968)
Was the very first film every shot in Pittsburgh and the first film to be added to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress.
Though it was a critical and financial hit, filmmaker George A. Romero saw almost no profits, due to the fact he had little to no knowledge of distribution deals.
The word zombie, is never spoken.
11-The Frighteners (1996)
This film was originally planned as a Tales from the Crypt feature but producer Robert Zemeckis–Director of the Back to the Future Films–was so taken by it, he insisted it should stand on its own and be filmed as a feature.
This film would become very tiresome for star Michael J. Fox, and after filming he would decide to return to the small screen, and his family, with Spin City.
This was his last leading role.
12-Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
Director Wes Craven originally intended Freddy to be a child molester. This was changed over fear they would be seen as making light of or exploiting a series of child molestations that occurred in California during the time of production.
The iconic serial killer has less than 7 minutes of actual screen time.
To keep the principal cast on edge, Director Wes Craven, never allowed them to meet the actor behind the voice from the telephone calls. Whenever they’re seen talking to him on the phone they are actually talking to him.
Originally titled Scary Movie, which would later become the name of a spoof movie of Scream and other iconic horror films.
What are your favorite Halloween Movies? Do you know any interesting facts about it? Tell me in the comments below!
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