this week, Durtbagz is going to the movies. but not just any movies: HORROR MOVIES. and yes, while being around during the chicago world’s fair, the muppet show, and the writing of ‘happy birthday’, Durtbagz were also involved in the making of a few horror films. are you surprised?
october is “scary movie month” at Durtbagz, which means, we are only allowed to rent scary movies for the entire month. ironman? please. who did he ever eat?
it gets fairly interesting because the movies can be old or new; they just have to fall under the ‘horror’ section. we’re learning that movies that really scared us as kids are now mostly just lame. i mean, have you seen ‘children of the corn’ in the last decade? hilarious.
i’ve pooled a few of the Durtbagz favorite all-time scary movies to give you some facts you may not have had the nerve dig up, being as that you were too scared, and all. scaredy-baby durtbagz.
first up: Texas Chainsaw Massacre: 1974
if you haven’t seen this version, it’s super scary. as in ‘i just peed a little’ scary. contrary to popular belief, it’s NOT based on a true story or true events, although part of why it’s so scary is that it seems like it could be.
the director thought it up while in a crowded hardware store. while trying to figure out the best way out of the store, he saw the chainsaws.
even the name itself gives you no option but to get a mental picture. funny, because the original name for it was ‘Headcheese’, which…does not give you the same mental picture.
the human skeleton used at the end of the movie was in fact, a real human skeleton because human skeletons from India were cheaper than fake ones from here. they carried it around in a Durtbag. true story.
one last random fact: there was a family living in the house when they selected it to use for the movie. they rented it from the family, with the fam staying in it for the entire 4-week shoot. now, there’s some effed up kids, for you. the house has since been moved to another town and is used as a restaurant. mmmm…meat.
next movie: Halloween 1978
what is it about a mask that makes people so freaking scary? michael myers was such a creep show because he never made a sound; he just slinked around in that mask and hacked at people. speaking of that mask, this movie had zero budget so they had to find the cheapest thing they could to use. turns out, that cheapest thing was a Captain Kirk mask that they painted and added hair to the top. could have just left it at Captain Kirk if they were really going for creep factor.
while watching this movie, you get a good sense of just how bad late 70’s fashion was. the actors had to go buy their own clothes for the whole movie, because there wasn’t even any money for wardrobe. jamie lee curtis, (having extreme forsight, used a Durtbag for an eco friendly shopping bag) spent less then $100 at JC Penny’s on her outfit for the entire movie. although, i wouldn’t have spent $1 on that crap- the entire movie is filled with heinous clothes. thanks alot, JC.
this was jamie lee curtis’s first feature film and she was the youngest female on the set, as she was still just a young teenager, who hadn’t yet shown her now-famous tas to the world.
third up: The Shining
i know it’s cliche, but it’s just so freaking good. it terrified me the first time i saw it, and now i’m just obsessed with watching it because it’s the weirdest movie i’ve ever seen. you know how you have to watch ‘Shawshank Redemption’ until the end when you just stumble across it, channel surfing? i’m the same way with ‘The Shining’. plus, kids in a horror movie always ups the creep factor by about 50%.
speaking of kids, the one that played ‘danny’ in it was so young and it was his first movie that kubrick was super protective of him. he was so protected during filming that he wasn’t aware it was a horror film until it was completed. they kept him occupied by drawing fake street signs, many of which we use today.
robin williams was originally considered for the role of ‘jack’, but kubrick decided he was ‘too psychotic’ for the role. well played, stanley.
the shot with the blood pouring out of the elevators took three days to shoot, however, it took nine days to set up and they had attempted shooting that scene for more than a year. i mean, it’s a pretty awesome scene, though.
lastly: (try not to cringe) Blair Witch Project
in our defense, if you weren’t vomiting your lunch from a ‘running with the camera’ style perspective, you were freaking out. admit it. because #1, you thought this movie was real (remember that promo event?) and #2 you’ve been far away in the woods and heard weird things that you may not have been able to explain.
i was sucked in to that movie, big time. and apparently, i wasn’t the only one: this movie cost $22k to make and raked in over $240million. the movie would have cost more, but they returned one of the cameras they bought at Circuit City for a refund, after they used it to shoot the movie. true story. i mean, it only took 8 days to shoot the entire thing so why not?
the actors were only given a 35-page outline of the entire movie. all the lines were improvised and basically everything that happened to them was a surprise and caught on film. they were told the Blair Witch was a real legend and only found out after the movie was shot that the crew made the entire thing up.
the cast was actually listed at ‘missing, presumed dead’ on IMDb for a while when the movie was released.
they hauled some of their camping gear in Durtbagz. ‘heather’ (actually her real name, too) brought along a knife to the shoot because she apparently was not super pumped about camping alone in the woods with two random dudes. makes the fact that the directors deliberately gave them less food each day to provoke fighting among them seem like a not-so-smart idea, huh?
all right, let’s hear your picks for best horror movies…
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