Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Today In - 'Useless Info'

AMITYVILLE HORROR (1979) - The outdoor scenes of the movie were not filmed in Amityville, Long Island, but rather Toms River, New Jersey.

Local police and ambulance workers played extras.

The volunteer fire department was used to provide the "rain" during one of the exterior scenes.

If you look closely, you can see that it is sunny and not "raining" in the background, the next street over.


POLTERGEIST (1982) - During all the horrors that proceeded while filming, only one scene really scared Heather O'Rourke: that in which she had to hold onto the headboard, while a wind machine blew toys into the closet behind her.

She fell apart; Steven Spielberg stopped everything, took her in his arms, and said that she would not have to do that scene again.


A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET (1984) - Director Wes Craven claims to have named Freddy Krueger after a kid who bullied him in school and to have based his appearance on a disfigured hobo who scared him as a youth.


THE SHINING (1980) - Jack Nicholson ad-libbed the line "Here's Johnny!" in imitation of announcer Ed McMahon's famous introduction of Johnny Carson on U.S. network NBC- TV's long-running late night television program "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" (1962).

Kubrick, who had been living in England since before Carson took over "The Tonight Show," had no clue what "Here's Johnny!" meant.


PSYCHO (1960) - The Bates house was largely modeled on an oil painting at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

The canvas is called "House by the Railroad" and was painted in 1925 by American iconic artist Edward Hopper.

The architectural details, viewpoint and austere sky is almost identical as seen in the film.

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Blogger Digital Fortress said...

Thanks for the trivia.

I love knowing all those little tidbits of useless information about stuff.

October 29, 2008  
Blogger Claystation said...

Poltergeist is one of the scariest movies of all time.

October 29, 2008  
Blogger Big Daddy said...

Ghost story movies like Poltergeist don't scare me.

It's psycho/serial killer stuff that gets to me because it could actually happen, or has happened.

October 29, 2008  
Blogger Colleen said...

Thank you, I needed that. I have not seen one good horror movie on TV this Halloween season. The Shining is my faaaaaavorite!!!!

October 30, 2008  

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