The best horror movies create characters that stick with us long after the credits roll -- figures who forever lurk in the corner of our eye, responsible for every soiled sheet and bump in the night. One might think it'd take a tortured genius to play such a perfect celluloid villain -- some poor soul who was ritually abused for decades in a satanic acting school. But it turns out that no, they're usually regular people. Horrifyingly regular.
8 There Was Nothing Scary About Making The Shining
Stanley Kubrick's The Shining is one of the most terrifyingly realistic portrayals of madness ever filmed. It sparked a thousand talking finger jokes, a billion "Here's Johnny" impersonations, and at least one ax safety lesson. It was a masterpiece of horror, and also, it seems, totally hokey behind the scenes. Which makes sense, as the kid who played Danny assumed for years that he was merely making a movie about a hotel.
For example. This is the loving Torrance family, as portrayed by their very, very long-distance stand-ins, hamming it up on their long drive up the mountain:
Two people raising a grown-ass woman as their son might have made this a scarier movie, actually.
And here's Jack Nicholson, apparently strolling around the set with several important bits flapping around in the breeze.
All shirt and no pants make Jack a dull boy.
Presumably later, after Jack got himself decent, he grabs his ax and takes a few wild practice swings. A process which the crew has obviously learned to work around:
"Aw, no, come on. That bed is a rental."
And that iconic blood-filled elevator? The one from your nightmares? Well it looks a lot less terrifying and a lot more tedious when you see the poor crew who had to mop it up afterwards:
"Okay, someone go buy a shitload of tampons."
And those creepy, probably evil twins? Yeah, they're here too, and they ...
... they still look pretty creepy. Look at those smiles. They look like they've come from ritualistically slaughtering a calf at the craft services table.
7 Godzilla Was A Super Polite Shirtless Dude
Godzilla is one of the most iconic and prolific monsters ever to grace the screen, first appearing in 1954's Godzilla and again in 28,000 movies since then. The thing about the original Godzilla is that everyone knows he's a guy in a rubber suit. That's fine; the old-school effects are part of the draw. But even knowing that, there's still something jarring when you see the dude in action.
"It's ... a guy in gator waders? We must flee?"
Even in full movie monster regalia, Godzilla is quite a bit less scary when you see how well-mannered he is. Shaking hands:
Being a multi-ton, rampaging super predator doesn't preclude courtesy.
Escorting a lady:
"Go ahead, let them stare. They'll never understand our love."
And being discreetly affectionate on a date:
And you thought beards were scratchy.
Well how about that. In real life, Godzilla was less a monster and more a carefree, fun-loving lizard guy.
See, she looks only the tiniest bit horrified.