At the first cast meeting called by producer and director Francis Ford Coppola, he got all of the principal actors and actresses to read the entire Bram Stoker novel out loud to get a feel for the story. According to Sir Anthony Hopkins, it took two days to complete.
Gary Oldman said that when he first read the script, he decided it would be worth doing the movie just so he could feel what it would be like to say, “I’ve crossed oceans of time to find you” to someone.
In August 2018, Winona Ryder expressed concern that she might be legally married to Keanu Reeves. Apparently, Coppola wasn’t happy with their wedding scenes in the movie and, to achieve greater authenticity, he re-shot the sequence with a real priest.
In 1986, Olivia Hussey met producers for the film Roxanne (1987), since they were interested in casting her for the title role. Roxanne co-star Steve Martin met her and said, “Oh my God, Olivia, you were in one of my all-time favorite films.” Thinking it was Romeo and Juliet (1968), Olivia was surprised to find out it was actually Black Christmas (1974). Steve Martin claimed he had seen it around 27 times.
The basic premise of Wes Craven’s New Nightmare—Freddy invading the real world and haunting the actors and crew responsible for the Nightmare on Elm Street films—was originally intended to be used for A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987), but the idea was rejected by the studio at the time.
In the movie’s ending credits, Freddy Krueger is credited as himself, even though Robert Englund reprises the role.
The original script for 1978’s Halloween was titled “The Babysitter Murders.” In it, the events took place over several days. The script was changed to have everything happen on the same day as a budgetary decision. It reduced the number of costume changes and locations required. It was decided that Halloween, the scariest night of the year, was the perfect night for this to happen.
Of the female leads (who were all supposed to be in high school), only Jamie Lee Curtis was actually a teenager at the time of shooting.
Toshio’s spirit is often heard meowing throughout the film Ju-On: The Grudge. Not only does this imply that his spirit merged with his deceased cat Mar, but it also relates to an old Japanese legend where the damned spirits of lost children become strays and, as a result, produce a cat’s meow.
Nancy Allen claims she never realized her character in Carrie was going to be so evil until she saw the finished film. She thought she and John Travolta were playing such self-centered, bickering morons that they were there for comic relief.
Piper Laurie also thought the character of Margaret White was so over the top that the film had to be a comedy.
There’s one shot in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho that you might have paused and pointed to as proof that Hitchcock showed a knife penetrating skin (or fake skin). You even see blood as the knife goes in. In reality it didn’t go in. “They put a little blood on the tip,” says filmmaker Alexandre O. Philippe, “and then put it against her belly button, and then shot it in reverse. That’s as close as it gets. But there’s never any actual special effect needed to show an actual wound. The body remains immaculate throughout the entire sequence.”
Incidentally, this was how Hitchcock bypassed the censors’ scissors. “It’s exactly what Hitchcock told them: No, you didn’t see this. You thought you did but you didn’t. I didn’t do the things you told me not to do. I was a good boy.”
Author F. Scott Fitzgerald, a member of the MGM writing department at the time Freaks was in production, did not quite feel at home with all the movie stars and powerful moguls, so he often dined with the sideshow attractions during his lunch hour.
Fact from Horror Movie Freaks by Don Sumner, Krause Publications, 2010.
Wes Craven had nothing to do with the first sequel, A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge (1985), as he didn’t believe that Elm Street was capable of spawning a franchise. The success of the second film, outgrossing the original, convinced him otherwise. (From https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0093629/trivia)
According to Mia Farrow, the scenes where Rosemary walks in front of traffic were spontaneous and genuine. Roman Polanski is reported to have told her that “nobody will hit a pregnant woman.” The scene was successfully shot with Farrow walking into real traffic and Polanski following, operating the hand-held camera since he was the only one willing to do it.