The “epic” scene with the snake in the first film of the legendary series was not originally in the script and was an idea from actor Tom Savini after an unpleasant experience he had in his own cabin during filming. The snake in the scene was real, as well as its onscreen death.
The character of Michael Myers was named after the European distributor of Carpenter’s previous film, Assault on Precinct 13, and apparently this was the director’s way of saying a kind of weird “thank you” for the film’s incredible success throughout most of Europe.
23. The Ring
Playing the movie frame by frame, in the exact moment when Katie Embry is scared to death at the beginning of the movie, you can see all the images that appear on the video. Each image appears for just a fraction of a second. The effect is repeated at the end of the movie.
22. The Shining
During an interview for Britain’s The 100 Greatest Scary Moments (2003), Shelley Duvall revealed that because her role required her to be in an almost constant state of hysteria, she eventually ran out of tears from crying so much. To overcome this, she kept bottles of water with her at all times on set to remain hydrated.
21. The Conjuring
When the movie was released in the Philippines, some theaters had to hire Catholic priests to bless the viewers before showing it. This happened because some people who had already seen the film had reported a “Negative Presence” after watching the film. The priests also provided spiritual and psychological help to the viewers. So the question is: if a film causes so many problems and effects viewers so deeply, why watch it in the first place?