15 Strange Movie Facts You May Not Know


Everyone likes a good movie, but what we see on screen is only a small part of the full story. Here are 15 strange movie facts that will take you beyond the curtain.

  1. Three major horror franchises were all inspired by the same man
    1. The horrifying legacy of Ed Gein inspired Hannibal Lecter of Silence of the Lambs and Red Dragon, Norman Bates of Psycho, and Leatherface of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
  2. Psycho was the first American film to feature a toilet flushing
  3. Pet rat sales increased after Ratatouille
    1. Britain’s Pets at Home domestic pet chain experienced a 50 percent surge in pet rat sales. 
  4. Clownfish populations dropped after Finding Nemo
    1. Marine biologists reported a 75 percent drop in the numbers of Clownfish in the Australian reefs where they live. 
  5. In The Wizard of Oz, the snow they use is asbestos
    1. In the poppy-field scene, the snow falling down is actually asbestos-based fake snow, a Christmas decoration that was popular in Europe and the United States at the time.
  6. The color red is present in almost every scene in The Shining
  7. Toto made more money from The Wizard of Oz than the actors who played the Muchkins
    1. While the actors playing the Munchkins brought home $50 a week, the canine actor made $125 per week.
  8. Tom Cruise inspired Christina Bale’s American Psycho performance
    1. Bale explained drawing inspiration from an interview Cruise did on David Letterman’s show where he was caught by Cruise’s “very intense friendliness with nothing behind the eyes.”
  9. Scream’s original title was Scary Movie.
  10. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre’s original title was Head Cheese.
  11. The actors in Scott Pilgrim vs. The World were told not to blink.
    1. In order to give the movie a more comic book-like feel, director Edgar Wright did not allow the cast to blink on camera.
  12. The Annabelle doll from The Conjuring is based on a possessed Raggedy Ann doll.
    1. The doll, believed to be inhabited by an inhuman spirit, was kept that Ed and Lorrain Warren’s in-home museum. 
  13. Night of the Living Dead used chocolate syrup as blood during filming
  14. The vomit in The Exorcist was mostly pea soup
    1. The look of disgust from Father Karras (Jason Miller) when Regan (Linda Blair) vomits on his face is genuine. Originally, the vomit was supposed to hit him in the chest, however, the tube misfired and it sprayed on his face. 
  15. The Blair Witch Project was filmed in eight days
    1. To keep the tension high between the actors, they were given less and less food each day.