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Has anyone seen Scream 40 yet?

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That’s not a typo. I am almost sure that this is Scream 40. Especially, once you factor in all of the spoofs inspired by it (Scary Movie 1, 2, and 3, Shriek If You Know What I Did Last Summer, Stan Helsing, the last Britney Spears tour, Donald Trump’s hair…). I just don’t care anymore. They’ve lost me since Scream 2 quite honestly.

I used to enjoy horror, but now, I anti-enjoy the nightmares that come with it so I just gave up on it. I did and still do enjoy classic horror…give me something with the essence of Poltergeist or The Others, and I just may sleep that night. I pass on super gore though. That’s not scary for me, just extra gross and not nearly as creative or clever as a psychological thriller. I can deal with some horror…just not the horror that involves bloody guts being ripped out by a masked serial killer that goes around killing random people for no reason, leaving body parts with veins hanging strewn about, and jumping out on the screen at odd moment with really ugly faces…. Life is hard enough, my movies don’t have to be. Plus, no matter how much I know it’s “just a movie”, my brain won’t remember that in subconscious mode. I would end up dreaming of guts being released spontaneously. Not cool. The only thing that helps me sleep better, is knowing more about the production process. One of my favorite quotes sound something like: we fear the unknown. Sounds reasonable to me.

Anyway, in the words of Brooke Burke on every episode of Dancing With The Stars, “let’s get serious”. In honor of the release of a Scream 4 a few days ago, I thought it would be interesting to learn a few things about horror movies. Show off your smartness the next time you and your friends get together to watch Scream 41. But not in the theater. People hate when people keep talking during movies. This is the main reason I won’t go see a Tyler Perry movie at the Magic Johnson theater on 125th Street. I think Madea is hilarious, I am proud of Tyler Perry, and I love Harlem’s 125th street. Just not all at the same time.

  • Johnny’s Depp’s first major movie role was as Glen Lantz in 1984, on Nightmare On Elm Street. He dies. Then, he goes on to play the undead in almost all of his future movies. 
  • Johnny Depp could thank Wes Craven‘s daughter for the role of Glen in Elm Street. While looking through head-shots of auditioners, the 14 year old told her dad that Johnny was “so cool”.
  • Composer Harry Manfredini says that the “chi chi chi, ha ha ha” sound when Friday the 13th’s Freddy Krueger is coming is actually “ki ki ki, ma ma ma”. It is supposed to be Jason’s voice saying “kill kill kill, mom mom mom” in Mrs. Voorhees’ mind.
  • The sound effects that you hear when the demon leaving Regan’s body in ‘The Exorcist’ are actual recordings of pigs bound for the slaughterhouse.
  • The doll of Child’s Play, “Chucky”, has a full name: Charles Lee Ray. This is another movie that has way too many sequels. Please don’t name your children Charles Lee Ray, by the way. That’s not right.
  • The 1978 film, Halloween, was shot in 21 days. It had such a small budget that Jamie Lee Curtis went to JC Penny’s and spent about $100 on her wardrobe.
  • The mask that Michael Myers in Halloween (1978) wears is the cheapest mask that the prop department could find. It’s a 1966 William Shatner Star Trek mask, painted white. The eyes are cut to be wider and the hair is messied up a bit. 
  • 1996 Scream’s original title was Scary Movie.
  • In an effort to pay homage to some of his humble beginnings, director of Scream and Elm Street, Wes Craven wears the same outfit as Freddy Krueger in his cameo role of Fred the Janitor in Scream.
  • Psycho (1960) is the first US movie to ever show a flushing toilet on screen. Ooo scary!
  • The actor that play Michael Myers in the film, Halloween, was paid $25 per day of shooting. 
  • The only horror movie to win a Best Picture Oscar is “The Silence of the Lambs”. Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster are 2 out of only 4 Best Actor/Best Actress Oscars winners for a horror movie. The other two? Fredric March won for 1932’s “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” and Kathy Bates won for 1990’s “Misery”.
  • Le Manoir de Diable (The House of the Devil), a 3 minute French film released on Christmas eve in 1896, is considered to be the first horror film ever made. It was directed by directed by Georges Méliès, a stage magician, who went on to dive into special effects in film. See the video below. Yes, your sound is working…it’s a silent film because they were not good at pairing sound with video back then:

Read more: Horror Movie Fun Facts | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/facts_4880738_horror-movie-fun-facts.html#ixzz1KcjzpdHN

April 2011


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