16 Bits Of Film Trivia That Prove Sometimes Filming Horror Movies Is Scarier Than Watching Them

    People get injured on film sets way too much.

    Any film buff who loves behind-the-scenes trivia likely knows that sometimes, making a horror movie can be scarier than the movie itself.

    Unexpected things happen on — and off — film sets all the time, and when it's a scary movie, it's hard not to associate the real-life happenings with the spooky story at hand.

    Here are 16 upsetting and scary behind-the-scenes facts about some of your favorite horror movies:

    1. Scream (1996) was partially inspired by a documentary that screenwriter Kevin Williamson saw about the Gainsville Ripper — and his own personal creepy experience that followed.

    kevin williamson sitting and smiling toward the camera

    2. Speaking of Scream, Skeet Ulrich got stabbed for real on the set of the film.

    sidney in a ghostface costume stabbing billy with an umbrella in scream

    3. Multiple cast and crew members of The Omen (1976) were on planes that were struck by lightning.

    gregory peck in the omen

    4. Tippi Hedren was terrorized by real birds while filmingThe Birds (1963).

    tippi hedren running from crows in the birds

    5. The bees in Candyman (1982) were real — including the ones that pour out of Tony Todd's mouth.

    tony todd with bees coming out of his mouth in candyman

    6. Lupita Nyong'o stayed in character as Red between scenes when filming Us (2019), which (understandably) scared her costars.

    lupita nyong'o in a red jumpsuit in us

    7. Carrie (1976) star, Sissy Spacek, opted to sleep in her character's blood-soaked prom dress for the sake of continuity.

    sissy spacek in a bloody prom dress in carrie

    8. Gunnar Hansen also wore his Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) costume over and over without washing it.

    gunnar hansen in texas chainsaw massacre

    9. Mia Farrow — a vegetarian — had to not only eat raw chicken liver while filming Rosemary's Baby (1968), but also do it in multiple takes.

    mia farrow in rosemary's baby

    10. You're Next (2011) star Sharni Vinson almost lost an eye while filming a particularly chaotic scene.

    sharni vinson covered in blood in you're next

    11. Ruby Rose nearly drowned while filming The Meg (2018).

    ruby rose with wet hair in the meg

    12. Robert Downey Jr. broke Halle Berry's arm while filming Gothika (2003).

    robert downey jr and halle berry in gothika

    13. The cast of The Blair Witch Project (1999) was tormented by the filmmakers.

    heather donahue crying in the blair witch project

    14. The skeletons used in the climax of Poltergeist (1982) were real.

    jobeth williams reacting to skeletons in the pool in poltergeist

    15. Meanwhile, Oliver Robins was actually strangled while filming Poltergeist.

    oliver robbins being attacked by a clown doll in poltergeist

    16. Both Linda Blair and Ellen Burstyn were injured on the set of The Exorcist (1973).

    linda blair and ellen burstyn in the exorcist

    Do you know any bizarre behind-the-scenes facts about horror movies? Sound off in the comments!