Thursday, May 25, 2006


ALIEN: H.R. Giger's designs for the alien face-hugger were held by US Customs at LAX who were alarmed at what they saw. Screenwriter Dan O'Bannon had to go to the airport and explain that they were creature designs for a horror movie.

A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET: The only times the words "Elm Street" are seen are during the opening and closing credits. Elm Street is not mentioned during the movie.

PSYCHO: Alfred Hitchcock received a letter from an angry father whose daughter refused to take a bath after seeing the French thriller Les Diaboliques and now refused to shower after seeing this film. Hitchcock reputedly sent a note back saying, "Send her to the dry cleaners".

THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE: The film was banned by the British film censors in 1975. It was banned again in 1977 after attempts to cut it were unsuccessful. It was banned once more in 1984, due to a growing controversy involving 'video nasties'. In 1999, after the censors changed their policy, the movie was released uncut after 25 years.
THE THING: The video the American team watches of the Norwegians finding the spacecraft frozen beneath the ice is footage from 1951's The Thing from Another World of which this movie is a remake.

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