13 Classics, 13 Facts: Do you know your horror?

We've collected 13 classic horror films from before the turn of the century, here is what we have learned. 

1) From the film that changed showers forever.

Even though filming the shower scene did not concern Janet Leigh, after seeing the actual reenactment on screen she was deeply affected. Leigh went on to say how much the scene shows a person’s vulnerability in the shower. For the rest of her life, she took baths. imdb.com

Even though filming the shower scene did not concern Janet Leigh, after seeing the actual reenactment on screen she was deeply affected. Leigh went on to say how much the scene shows a person’s vulnerability in the shower. For the rest of her life, she took baths.

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2) From the film that makes our head spin.

The original teaser trailer, which consisted of nothing but images of the white-faced demon quickly flashing in and out of darkness, was banned in many theaters, as it was deemed "too frightening." imdb.com

The original teaser trailer, which consisted of nothing but images of the white-faced demon quickly flashing in and out of darkness, was banned in many theaters, as it was deemed "too frightening."

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3) From the film that ruined the sounds of chain saws forever.

Director Tobe Hooper claims to have got the idea for the film while standing in the hardware section of a crowded store. While thinking of a way to get out through the crowd, he spotted the chainsaws. imdb.com

Director Tobe Hooper claims to have got the idea for the film while standing in the hardware section of a crowded store. While thinking of a way to get out through the crowd, he spotted the chainsaws.

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4) From the film of the "demon child." 

Harvey Stephens, as Damien, was largely chosen for this role from the way he attacked Richard Donner during auditions. Donner asked all the little boys to "come at him" as if they were attacking Katherine Thorn during the church wedding scene. Stephens screamed and clawed at Donner's face, and kicked him in the groin during his act. Donner whipped the kid off him, ordered the kid's blond hair dyed black and cast him as Damien. imdb.com

Harvey Stephens, as Damien, was largely chosen for this role from the way he attacked Richard Donner during auditions. Donner asked all the little boys to "come at him" as if they were attacking Katherine Thorn during the church wedding scene. Stephens screamed and clawed at Donner's face, and kicked him in the groin during his act. Donner whipped the kid off him, ordered the kid's blond hair dyed black and cast him as Damien.

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5) From the film that named the boogeyman.

Jamie Lee Curtis landed the role in Halloween by John Carpenter as an ultimate tribute to Alfred Hitchcock who casted her mother Janet Leigh in the iconic role of Psycho. Like mother like daughter.  imdb.com

Jamie Lee Curtis landed the role in Halloween by John Carpenter as an ultimate tribute to Alfred Hitchcock who casted her mother Janet Leigh in the iconic role of Psycho. Like mother like daughter.

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6) From the film that features the first "Murder House."

For years rumors have circulated that the movie was to be filmed in the actual house in Amityville, NY, but the production team was too frightened to film inside the house. The reality is the town of Amityville denied American International Pictures permission to film any scenes whatsoever in Amityville in an attempt to distance themselves from any publicity. imdb.com

For years rumors have circulated that the movie was to be filmed in the actual house in Amityville, NY, but the production team was too frightened to film inside the house. The reality is the town of Amityville denied American International Pictures permission to film any scenes whatsoever in Amityville in an attempt to distance themselves from any publicity.

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7) From the film that overcomes the mind backwards and forwards.

Stephen King didn’t even realize “redrum” was murder spelt backwards until he typed it. Redrum was a famous racing horse in the 70s.  imdb.com

Stephen King didn’t even realize “redrum” was murder spelt backwards until he typed it. Redrum was a famous racing horse in the 70s. 

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8) From the film that makes us question camp even further.

Camp No-Be-Bo-Sco in New Jersey where the movie is filmed is still in full operation. The camp has an appreciation wall of Friday the 13th to honor that the movie was set there. imdb.com

Camp No-Be-Bo-Sco in New Jersey where the movie is filmed is still in full operation. The camp has an appreciation wall of Friday the 13th to honor that the movie was set there.

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9) From the film known as the noisy ghost.

Both of the terrors that plague Robbie came from Steven Spielberg's own fears as a child, a fear of clowns and a tree outside his window. imbd.com

Both of the terrors that plague Robbie came from Steven Spielberg's own fears as a child, a fear of clowns and a tree outside his window.

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10) From the film we can't escape, even in our dreams.

Freddy’s character was originally written to be a child molester, but there was an ultimate decision to change the script based on the fact they did not want to be accused of utilizing a series of child molestations in California during the time of production. This story line makes it to screen in the remake of the film in 2010. imdb.com

Freddy’s character was originally written to be a child molester, but there was an ultimate decision to change the script based on the fact they did not want to be accused of utilizing a series of child molestations in California during the time of production. This story line makes it to screen in the remake of the film in 2010.

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11) From the film that adds to the clown phobia.

It is noted that Tim Curry’s characterization of Pennywise was so freaky and realistic he was severely avoided while on set for filming. imdb.com  

It is noted that Tim Curry’s characterization of Pennywise was so freaky and realistic he was severely avoided while on set for filming.

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12) From the film that exploited unexpected relationships. 

To add to the creepiness of Silence of the Lambs, it turns out that the story was inspired by the real life relationship between University of Washington criminology professor and profiler Robert Keppel and serial killer Ted Bundy. Keppel investigated the Green River Serial Killings in Washington with the help of Bundy. On January 24, 1989 Ted Bundy was executed. In 2001 the Green River Killings were finally solved when Gary Ridgway was arrested. November 5, 2003, Ridgway plead guilty to 48 counts of aggravated first degree murder. As of 2015, Silence of the Lambs is the only horror film to win an Oscar for Best Picture. Only four others have been nominated: The Exorcist (1973), Jaws (1975), The Sixth Sense (1999), and Black Swan (2010). imdb.com

To add to the creepiness of Silence of the Lambs, it turns out that the story was inspired by the real life relationship between University of Washington criminology professor and profiler Robert Keppel and serial killer Ted Bundy. Keppel investigated the Green River Serial Killings in Washington with the help of Bundy. On January 24, 1989 Ted Bundy was executed. In 2001 the Green River Killings were finally solved when Gary Ridgway was arrested. November 5, 2003, Ridgway plead guilty to 48 counts of aggravated first degree murder. As of 2015, Silence of the Lambs is the only horror film to win an Oscar for Best Picture. Only four others have been nominated: The Exorcist (1973), Jaws (1975), The Sixth Sense (1999), and Black Swan (2010).

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lastly, to end on a lighter note:

13) From the film that gives us constant chills.

Toni Collette has stated that she was so moved by the emotional significants of the story that she didn't even realize it was a horror film until after the films release.  imdb.com

Toni Collette has stated that she was so moved by the emotional significants of the story that she didn't even realize it was a horror film until after the films release. 

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And that's a wrap.

Halloween goes by at a scary rate.

Let the binging begin.