14+ Facts About The Most Popular Halloween Movies

Diply 22 Oct 2018

It's that time of year again! Halloween is just around the corner, which means it's time to rewatch our favorite spooky and not-so-spooky Halloween-themed movies and thriller flicks.

A lot goes into making these culturally iconic masterpieces, and I'm just now learning about some of the craziest facts from these movies.

1. Hocus Pocus was first introduced to Disney back in 1984, with the original title being Disney's Halloween House.


According to Post Mortem with Mick Garris, it was initially a much darker, scarier movie.

After a handful of rewrites, Bette Midler eventually expressed interest in the film, and eight years later, we have the spooky Halloween comedy that we know and love today.

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2. Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas was not directed by Tim Burton.

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It's a common misconception, but Burton was busy with Batman Returns at the time and didn't want to be involved in what he called the "painstakingly slow" process of stop-motion, says Quail Bell Magazine.

Instead, director Henry Selick turned Burton's vision into the greatest "is it a Halloween or Christmas movie?" debate ever.

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3. Sigourney Weaver provided a very unique Ghostbusters audition.

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Director Ivan Reitman explained Sigourney's audition to The Guardian.

"She said: ‘You know, I think when Dana Barrett is possessed she should turn into a dog herself.’ She then got on all fours and started howling like a dog on my coffee table, and I was just fascinated," he explained. Clearly, this tactic worked out for her.

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4. Paranormal Activity is the most profitable movie ever, based on return on investment, according to The Wrap.

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The movie had a budget of a mere $15,000, and it ended up grossing $107,918,810 worldwide, according to Box Office Mojo.

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5. There was almost one more cameo during the mirror scene in Casper.


We see appearances from Clint Eastwood,Rodney Dangerfield, and Mel Gibson.Entertainment Weeklysays thatthe movie's producer, Steven Spielberg, had filmed a cameo for this scene, but he was relieved when it didn't make the cut. He said he was actually quite nervous in front of the camera!

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6. Miley Cyrus was originally signed on to star in Hotel Transylvania, says Entertainment Weekly.

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She ended up backing out to work on her music, and they replaced her with Selena Gomez.

They're basically the same person anyway.

I just offended so many people — I'm so sorry.

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7. The Ghostface mask in Scream was discovered by accident.

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A location scout came across the mask while visiting a house as a potential set. The mask was owned by Fun World, a costume company, so the producers tried to create a similar yet different mask that the production could own the rights to.

Several Ghostface designs were made, but none quite compared to the original mask that was discovered, so they gave in and used the Fun World design for the movie, says Huffpost.

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8. Edward Scissorhands was based on a drawing Tim Burton had done as a teenager.

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“One night over drinks, Tim told me about this drawing he’d made in high school of a character who had scissors for hands, and I instantly knew what to do with that image, so I wrote a 70 page treatment in about three weeks and gave it to him," Caroline Thompson explained to Variety.

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9. Freddy Krueger in A Nightmare on Elm Street was based on an experience from Wes Craven's childhood.

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One night, he saw an elderly man walking on the sidewalk. The man stopped, stared at Craven, and then walked away. Craven explained in the DVD audio commentary that it scared the "living daylights" out of him.

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10. Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho was the first American movie to ever show a toilet on screen, according to NPR.

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I guess 1960 certainly was a groundbreaking year, that's for sure.

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11. The Craft hired an actual witch as a consultant for the movie.

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John Brightshadow interviewed Pat Devin, a Dianic Elder Priestess and a member of Coven Ashesh Hekat.

Pat said that her goal was to make sure that the rituals and chants in the film were authentic but didn't contain anything that could plausibly be recreated by teenage girls in real life.

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12. Stephen King confessed that he hates The Shining.

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In particular, he wasn't impressed with Wendy's character.

"Shelley Duvall as Wendy is really one of the most misogynistic characters ever put on film, she's basically just there to scream and be stupid and that's not the woman that I wrote about," King told the BBC.

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13. Beetlejuice was nearly named Scared Sheetless.

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Tim Burton had suggested the name as a joke, but the studio actually considered using it, says Movie Web.

Not going to lie, it would have been a really good name.

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14. Morticia's makeup in The Addams Family took hours.

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Anjelica Huston, who played Morticia Addams, said that her makeup artist would glue pieces of silk to her temples.

There were elastics attached to the pieces of silk, which would tie behind her head, to pull her skin back. The same lifts were designed to pull her jawline back, and by lunchtime, she would be in agony, Yahoo! reports.

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15. Jamie Lee Curtis was an unknown actress — and not the first choice to be cast in Halloween. 

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She only landed the part because of the publicity it would bring to the movie, since her mother, Janet Leigh, starred in Psycho.

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16. It was one person's job to hand-knit the sweaters in Coraline.

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Althea Crome was tasked with knitting the miniature sweaters for the puppets, and she even used knitting needles as thin as human hairs, according to Portland Monthly.

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