Some behind-the-scenes tidbits about your favorite spooky season movies.
The iconic “I see dead people” scene in the Sixth Sense was almost changed because the film’s producer, Frank Marshall, was scared that people would figure out the ending.
The “Can I keep you” scene in Casper is one of the most memorable movie scenes of the ’90s. But it almost didn’t happen; originally Casper wasn’t ever supposed to become a human. The scene was only added after Steven Spielberg — who was producing the movie — brought in J.J. Abrams to do an uncredited rewrite of the script, and he decided to change the ending.
In 2018, Devon Sawa tweeted out a thanks to J.J. for writing the scene he would eventually get cast in:
Danny Elfman actually wrote all the songs for The Nightmare Before Christmas before there was even a script for the film.
While it’s thought that Alfred Hitchcock shot Psycho in black and white to copy the style of the 1954 French thriller Les Diaboliques (a movie he highly regarded), it was actually, according to him, so that the shower death scene wouldn’t look as gory.
And in case you didn’t know, in 1998 there was a shot-by-shot remake of Psycho that was directed by Gus Van Sant (it was a critical and box office flop).
Don Mancini, who wrote Child’s Play, was inspired to write the film by the Cabbage Patch Kids and My Buddy toy crazes of the 1980s.
If you watch 1931’s Dracula and hear a score with it, then just know that it wasn’t part of the original film. It’s actually relatively new; it was added in 1998 for the film’s release onto DVD.
Also, Cher cowrote a song for Interview With the Vampire called “Lovers Forever.” Ultimately, it was cut from the soundtrack:
Jamie Lee Curtis was not the first choice to play Laurie Strode; it was actually actor Anne Lockhart (who is probably best known today for starring in the original Battlestar Galactica).
In The Exorcist, the character of Chris MacNeil (played by Ellen Burstyn) was based on Shirley MacLaine.
The famous “What are you waiting for, huh?!” line that Jennifer Love Hewitt says in I Know What You Did Last Summer wasn’t in the script. It was thought up by a young horror movie fan who got the chance to be on set and direct a moment.
Tim Burton wanted to cast Sammy Davis Jr. as Betelgeuse in Beetlejuice. However, studio executives were against it.
Dan Aykroyd originally wrote Ghostbusters as a movie that would have starred John Belushi and him as futuristic ghost hunters in space.
In the original script for The Addams Family, it was supposed to be revealed in the end that Uncle Fester truly was an imposter. However, Christina Ricci voiced her concern about that ending to the film’s director, Barry Sonnenfeld, who decided to change the scene after talking to her.
Drew Barrymore requested that her blonde wig in Scream be modeled after Michelle Pfeiffer’s character’s hair in Scarface.
And reportedly, after the release of the movie, sales of caller IDs — which in 1996 was not standard on landlines or a common feature on phones — tripled:
Hocus Pocus was originally a short story that the film’s producer, David Kirschner, submitted to Muppet Magazine in the early ’80s. He based it on a bedtime story he told his kids.
And finally, contrary to popular belief, Leonardo DiCaprio did not turn down the role of Max in Hocus Pocus. However, he was asked to come in to read for it, but with the director being fully aware that he was unavailable to do the movie because he was already committed to filming What’s Eating Gilbert Grape and This Boy’s Life.
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