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18 Insanely Creepy Movie Facts You Probably Didn’t Know Until Now


We asked the BuzzFeed Community for the freakiest horror movie facts they know. Here are the creepiest results.

1. The corpses in the rainy Poltergeist pool scene were real skeletons.

2. In the original Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Gunnar Hansen (Leatherface) accidentally cut Marilyn Burns' finger in the dinner scene, because he was exhausted and could barely see.

3. The cast and crew of the 2005 Amityville Horror kept waking up inexplicably at 3:15 a.m. while filming, which is the same time Ryan Reynolds' character mysteriously wakes up every night in the film.

4. In Candyman, Tony Todd had to fill his mouth with real bees.

5. After the first day of filming The Conjuring, Vera Farmiga found three unexplained claw marks on her skin.

6. Shelley Duvall, who played Wendy Torrance in The Shining, said the amount of emotional distress from filming was "excruciating" and "unbearable."

7. During the chestburster scene in Alien, the actors didn’t know what was about to happen, so their absolutely horrified reactions are real.

8. Eli Roth got the idea for Hostel after coming across a Thai website about murder vacations, where people could pay to torture and kill people.

9. While filming Poltergeist, Oliver Robins, aka Robbie, truly got choked by the robot clown doll — it wasn't until he turned purple that Spielberg realized what was happening.

10. The actor who played a radiologist's assistant in The Exorcist was a convicted murderer who dismembered and killed gay men in the late '70s.

11. An actual human skull was used in the first model of the iconic Alien creature.

12. The creepy, possessed Annabelle doll from The Conjuring is based off a real, possessed Raggedy Ann doll.

13. The schoolhouse in Hitchcock's The Birds is a real-life haunted house, and its current residents say they hear footsteps and children laughing.

14. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre set was filled with 500 pounds of decomposing animal corpses, and the stench mixed with the heat caused the actors to vomit constantly.

15. While on the set of The Exorcist, director William Friedkin told the prop man to randomly fire shotgun blanks to get more "authentic" reactions from the actors.

16. During filming of the 2005 version of The Amityville Horror, a dead body was found floating in the water near the set.

17. Hannibal Lecter was based on an actual killer, Dr. Alfredo Ballí Treviño, who had the same mannerisms Anthony Hopkins portrayed in The Silence of the Lambs.

18. And multiple actors from the Poltergeist movies died tragically either during or after filming.

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