Human life was cheap in the early 80's, so when the set of Poltergeist needed some dead bodies, they opted for the real thing. Read on for more:

BEHIND-THE-SCENES FACTS Scream was based on actual events that happened in Florida. CRACKED.COM Danny Rolling went on a killing spree in 1991 in Gainesville, Florida, killing five students in their apartments with a knife and posing their bodies to shock investigators. Screenwriter Kevin Williamson was watching the news story when he noticed an open window in his home, which inspired him to write the Scream script.

BEHIND-THE-SCENES FACTS People thought The Blair Witch Project was real, and that the people in the movie actually died. CRACKED.co Due to the marketing around The Blair Witch Project, which described the unknown actors as missing, presumed dead, many viewers thought they were really watching the final days of the people on the screen. The mother of actress Heather DOnahue actually received sympathy cards from concerned audience members.

BEHIND-THE-SCENES FACTS The real doll that inspired The Conjuring was a normal Raggedy Ann. WARNING POSITIVE CRACKED .COM DO NOT In The Conjuring, and the Annabelle spin-off, the evil-possessed doll is a creepy, ventriloquist-dummy-lookingtoy with wooden skin and large, unblinking eyes. In reality, the toy that inspired the series is a regular Raggedy Ann, which is locked up in Warrens' Occult Museum in Monroe, CT.

BEHIND-THE-SCENES FACTS Three separate horror movies are inspired by real-world serial killer Ed Gein. CRACKED In the late 50's, Ed Gein confessed to two murders and was found with a house full of human remains. The horrific actions of Gein were used as inspiration in film over four decades in Psycho (1960), The Silence of the Lambs (1974), and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1991).

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BEHIND-THE-SCENES FACTS The Exorcist is the first horror movie to be nominated for Best Picture. CRACKED.com It received 10 oscar nominations in 1974, including Best Supporting Actress for the 15 year old Linda Blair. It lost Best Picture to The Sting, a movie you didn't know existed until now.

EHIND-THE-SCENES FACTS The first American film that featured a working toilet was Psycho. CRACKED Flushing a toilet was seen as a little too risque for mid-20th century audiences, which is why Hitchcock added it as a plot point for some extra shock in 1960's Psycho. The scene in question doesn't include a toilet in the novel that the movie is based on.

BEHIND-THE-SCENES FACTS The shadows under all the actors in The Ring were removed. CRACKED.co In order to give the viewer an unsettling feeling from the movie, cinematographer Bojan Bazelli used very deliberate lighting to remove shadows under the actors and have them look like they're floating in space.

BEHIND-THE-SCENES FACTS Sissy Spacek slept in her bloody clothes for three days. CRACKED.COM When Spacek's character in Carrie is covered in pig's blood, it makes for quite the stunning visual. During the three days it took to finish the scene, Spacek slept in the blood-soaked clothes to not risk losing continuity.

BEHIND-THE-SCENES FACTS The voice actor for Ghostface was kept out of view of the actors. CRACKED.COM In the Scream series, the voice actor for Ghostface (Roger L. Jackson) was hidden on set when he voiced his lines to keep the on-screen actors believably unsettled by him. When characters are taunted by him on the phone, he really is talking to them from somewhere out of sight. He also voiced Mojo Jojo on The Powerpuff Girls, so there's that.

BEHIND-THE-SCENES FACTS The Craft hired a practicing witch to keep the film authentic. CRACKED.C To make sure they were getting everything right, filmmakers hired Pat Devin, the (at the time) First Officer of Southern California's Covenant of the Goddess. Devin had a great experience on set, saying that a lot of my suggestions were acted upon and virtually all of my suggestions were given careful consideration.

BEHIND-THE-SCENES FACTS Those are real bees in the mouth of Tony Todd in Candyman. GRACKED.COM In the climax of the movie, Todd had to have real bees come out of his mouth, with only a dental dam blocking them from crawling down his throat. Todd had a deal with the production that he would be paid $1,000 for every bee sting (of which there were 23) over the course of filming.

BEHIND-THE-SCENES FACTS Jack Nicholson chopped through the prop door too fast in The Shining. CRACKED Since Nicholson used to BE a volunteer firefighter, he was so good with the axe that when it came time to take down the prop door, it went down unnaturally fast. The production had to replace the flimsy door with a real one SO Nicholson could hack away at it.

BEHIND-THE-SCENES FACTS Real human skeletons were used in Poltergeist, without the actors knowing. GRACKED.COM The prop master on set realized it was cheaper to get some real skeletons from a medical and science supply company than to have replicas made. JoBeth Williams, who played the mother Diane, filmed with the skeletons in a mud filled pool for five days without knowing the props weren't... props.

BEHIND-THE-SCENES FACTS The director of The Witch hates that you can see Anya Taylor-Joy's earring holes. CRACKED.co Since the movie takes place in 1630, seeing evidence of earrings could break the immersion for people REALLY concentrating on the lead actress' earlobes. The movie's director Robert Eggers said it bothered him so much, he wished he went back in with CGI to get rid of them.
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