Entries by William Burns

Ten things You Might Not Know About … The Beyond!

10.  Director Lucio Fulci has a cameo as the librarian who goes out to lunch, right before the Architect is attacked by the spiders.

9.  The Italian title E tu vivrai nel terrore! L’aldilà when translated means and you will live in fear, the afterlife.

8.  This film was never seen in America in its uncut form until 1998, when Grindhouse Releasing tracked down the original master and restored the film, playing it at midnight shows at selected cities.
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Ten Things You Might Not Know About … The Human Centipede!

10. Dieter Laser is wearing director Tom Six’s mirror sunglasses in the opening scene.

9. Dieter Laser came up with the ideas to both smell the pus and lick the blood on the stairs.

8. Not surprisingly, Pier Paolo Pasolini’s Salo was a leading inspiration for Tom Six.

7. The two female leads were cast in New York City. Moreover, Tom Six showed a drawing of the human centipede to all the actresses who showed up to the casting sessions. read more

Ten Things You Might Not Know About … Carrie!

10. The fake blood dropped on Sissy Spacek kept drying and adhering to her skin because of the hot lights. The only solution was to hose her down when the substance got gluey.

9. In the second-to-last scene (where Amy Irving lays flowers on Carrie’s grave) to make it more “eerie”, the shot was filmed backwards – then run in reverse in slo-mo – to give it a surreal effect.

8. Brian De Palma had to dump a scene from the novel where Carrie blows up petrol stations with her mind, setting the town on fire. The effects work would have been too expensive. read more read more

Ten Things You Might Not Know About … Christopher Lee!

10. Turned down Donald Pleasence’s role as Dr. Sam Loomis in Halloween. He later remarked that this was his biggest mistake.

9. Vincent Price and Christopher Lee were born on the same day (27th May) and Peter Cushing was born on the 26th.

8. Was one of the judges for the 1995 Miss World beauty pageant.

7. Appears on the cover of Paul McCartney’s album “Band on the Run”.

6. Was originally offered the role of Grand Moff Tarkin in Star Wars. He turned down the role which eventually went to his good friend Peter Cushing. read more read more

Ten Things You Might Not Know About … Phantasm!

10. The alien dwarves bear a strong resemblance to the Jawas of Star Wars, but the design for the dwarves was already completed before Star Wars was released.

9.  A significant deleted subplot involved the character of Jody working in the family bank after he had inherited the job from his father, his clashes with the stuffy manager, and had a bigger role for his girlfriend, played by Susan Harper, who was one of the tellers.

8.  In the scene before the funeral, when Jody is confronted by The Tall Man for the first time, Bill Thornbury proved to be nearly as tall as Angus Scrimm, so Scrimm had to perform the scene standing on an apple crate read more read more

Ten Things You Might Not Know About Nosferatu!

10.  The concept in popular culture that sunlight is lethal to vampires is based on this film, which depicted such a death for the very first time in film history. F.W. Murnau knew that he would be sued for borrowing heavily from Bram Stoker’s  novel Dracula without permission, so he changed the ending so that he could say this film and Dracula were not exactly the same

9.  Shadow of the Vampire is a fictionalized depiction of the events surrounding the film’s production based on the urban legend that Max Schreck was in actuality a vampire. Schrek was played by Willem Dafoe in that film. read more read more

Ten Things You Might Not Know About … The Beyond!

10. Director Lucio Fulci has a cameo as the librarian who goes out to lunch, right before the architect is attacked by the spiders.

9.  The Italian title E tu vivrai nel terrore! L’aldilà when translated means “and you will live in fear, the afterlife.”

8.  This film was never seen in America in its uncut form until 1998, when Grindhouse Releasing tracked down the original master and restored the film, playing it at                  midnight shows at selected cities. read more

Ten Things You Might Know About … Manhunter!

 

10. In shooting the final confrontation between Dollarhyde and Graham, actor Tom Noonan had to lie in a pool of stage blood for several hours as the crew worked on other shots. After all this time, the stage blood dried into a thick, cement-like adhesive that all but fused Noonan to the carpet.
 
9.  Richard Gere, Mel Gibson and Paul Newman were considered for the role of Will Graham.
 
8.  Michael Mann’s direction to Brian Cox about playing Hannibal Lecktor was to play him like a British public schoolboy. Cox based his performance on his then 15-year-old son who was attending public school at the time.
 
7.  David Lynch was the first director attached to the movie, but he eventually left the project.
 
6.  The studio wanted Michael Mann to re-team with Don Johnson, the star of Mann’s show Miami Vice (1984), but Mann wanted William Petersen who he had worked with on Thief (1981)
 
5.  Michael Mann had initially considered fellow filmmaker William Friedkin for the part of Hannibal Lecktor, but when Brian Dennehy – also a prospective Hannibal – insisted that Mann see Scotsman Brian Cox in the acclaimed 1984 off-Broadway production of “Rat in the Skull, ” Mann was instantly won over by Cox’s award-winning performance.
 
4.  Tom Noonan (Dollarhyde) spent many hours in make-up so that artists could paint fake tattoos on his back and torso modeled after William Blake’s “Great Red Dragon” paintings. Though Noonan appeared with the tattoos in publicity photographs (available in a Special Edition DVD), director Michael Mann concluded that the tattoos were too “over the top,” and discarded the idea.
 
3.  , Tom Noonan (Dollarhyde) said that he avoided all contact with cast members in order to heighten the isolation and tension between himself and other people, particularly William Petersen (Graham).
 
2.  The film was originally going to be entitled “Red Dragon”, the same name as the novel. However, when Year of the Dragon (1985) became a box office failure, Dino De Laurentiis decided to avoid a “dragon” title.
 
1.  This is the only Hannibal movie where his last name is spelled Lecktor. In all future movies, it’s spelled Dr. Hannibal Lecter.
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Ten Things You Might Not Know About … The Wicker Man!

10. The actual Wicker Man was constructed and later burnt at Burrowhead, on the South West Coast of Scotland. The stumps remained at the location of the shoot for decades and became a landmark for fanatics. There was outrage by fans as the stumps were cut down and stolen in late 2006.

9. Prior to shooting the final scene, Edward Woodward was in the Wicker Man and a goat was penned in above him. Because the goat was scared at being shut up, it urinated on Woodward. read more

Ten Things You Might Not Know About … The Strangers!


10.  There were two special prosthetic makeups for Glenn Howerton. One of them was for fresh kill (which took 3 hours in the make-up chair), when he was shot in the face by Scott Speedman, and the other was for 1-hour-later prosthetics.
9.  According to Bryan Bertino and Liv Tyler, the finale had much more interaction and dialog between the victims and the strangers in the original script. It was cut to keep the intruders mysterious and eerie. read more