Ten Behind The Scenes Images That Will Change The Way You Look At Horror Movies


phrase of SCENE

1. out of sight of the public at a theater or organisation.

“She was behind the scenes on the film set.”



I knew as soon as I was given the title for this assignment that I would have trouble with it. I tried to turn it in to a different behind the scenes article but it just wasn’t coming out right; and so I ended up back on my original mission to show you ten images that would make you look differently at the horror films I’m sure you all know and love.

I did succeed with some of the photos; capturing the spirit and resilience of a strong woman, the brief passion of two young actors that inspired an epic demise – but mostly the images show you the fun going on behind the camera, and that only on screen are the villains ever really as scary as they appear.

10. ‘Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth’ (1992)

pinhead and baby
This photo comes from the set of ‘Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth’, starring Doug Bradley as Pinhead holding a baby I believe is called April (I do not know who the baby belongs to). This is a very famous image that seems to have circulated the web a few times over, and for good reason. It is an iconic image that even cutesies up the horrifying Pinhead.

I think the baby got more of a fright from the camera flash than for Bradley.

9. ‘House on Haunted Hill’ (1959)

vincent and skeleton
Taken on the set of ‘House on Haunted Hill’, you can see Vincent Price sweeping a skeleton off its feet. Based loosely on the novel ‘The Haunting of Hill House’ you can see here that they didn’t like to keep it too serious and spooky behind the scenes.

It seems like humor is a common occurrence in the horror industry.

8. ‘Gremlins’ (1984)

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This photo is taken from the set of ‘Gremlins’ and it captures perfectly the work that goes in to making a horror film (perhaps not so much now, but if you’re really trying then absolutely).

Here you see crew members showing off the hordes of little monsters they have had to individually create for the film. Imagine having to hand paint and shape every little detail of each of these guys.

7. ‘Stephen King’s IT’ (1990)

curry on break
Above you will see the pure embodiment of FEAR as he takes a snack break. Played by Tim Curry, Pennywise the Clown is the boogeyman in ‘Stephen King’s IT’ (1990).

Taking 3 hours to get into character each day, Curry said in interviews, that each day he would look slightly different as his iconic face evolved due to the mixed input of Curry, director Tommy Lee Wallace and make-up and creature effect artist Bart Mixon. This photo certainly takes the fear out of the film.

6. ‘Predator’ (1987)

Taken from behind the scenes of ‘Predator’ this photo really makes you think about how much dedication must be involved in playing the monster in a horror movie. Every day you have to spend hours being molded in to thick, heavy rubber and latex outfits to become a new creature all together.

The original Predator suit failed meaning filming had to go on hold as the project was handed over to Stan Winston to rectify. He created a whole new Predator, the one we know and love today, and he designed it specifically so that it could move unassisted with a man inside to speed up the filming since the crew were already behind schedule. If that hadn’t have happened who knows what Predator would have looked like today.

5. ‘Jaws’ (1975)

One more article that mentions something about being in the mouth of Jaws and you’re going to think I am obsessed (I am referring to my rant in my first Everyday Horror Fan article, when I wrote about spending an hour looking for the source of a ‘Jaws’ kiddie pool picture). That is why I chose this behind the scenes image as oppose to the better known ones of Steven Spielberg in the mouth of Jaws.

I don’t know if he decided he needed a cool down or if the tide came in incredibly fast, either way I think this is a lovely image of the simple shenanigans that can take place on a horror movie set.

4. ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge’ (1985)

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Another one of my favourites, this image sees Robert Englund taking a break between shots at a public park just off set while still in full costume and make-up. Taken from the behind the scenes collection of ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge’, you can see that that the people around him do seem more than a little curious.

This is another one that completely drains you of fear.

3. ‘Gremlins 2: The New Batch’ (1990)

This just blew my mind when I came across it and I know when I think about it that it shouldn’t; this is pretty standard in the way of special effects, right? But still I look at it and feel as though I have been fooled for the past couple of decades. From the set of ‘Gremlins 2: The New Batch’ you can see the famous Gizmo, our good guy gremlin being prepared for a scene.

There is a story of how the above gremlin came to be, kind of, during the process of deciding how to best create the gremlin creatures for filming in 1984 for the original film. Back in the CGI-less 80s, when special effects was an art and at times a huge challenge; ‘Gremlins’ director Joe Dante, producer and executive producers Michael Finnell and Steven Spielberg together decided to try using animals in costume to play the Mogwais. According to Dante, it went like this, “We got a Rhesus monkey and got a Gremlin head on him; and he ran all over the editing room and shat all over everything, and we realized that that wasn’t going to work.”

Queue the giant gremlin suit.

2. ‘The Birds’ (1960)

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Alfred Hitchcock and his blondes always did have unusual and questionable relationships, but the relationship between Hitchcock and Tippi Hedren on the set of ‘The Birds’ was perhaps the most unnerving (if some of his other leading ladies had been so open about his treatment towards them I’m sure there would be a lot more to tell about the man). This photo from the set of ‘The Birds’, with Hedren’s expression of defiance sums it up really.

For two years Hitchcock kept Hedren trapped in a contract, refusing to let her go to New York to accept an award; lying to her that mechanical birds would be “attacking” her in the attic scene of ‘The Birds’ until she showed up on set to find out she would be having real birds thrown at her face until a doctor told her she would have to rest for a week, to which Hitchcock refused; he would making crude remarks at her and have her followed – all because she continued to refuse his advances.

So many Hitchcock fans believe that stories of Hitchcock and his leading ladies have been blown out of proportion, but the fact remains that so many have came forward about his behavior; it can’t statistically all be lies. It could be argued that the way he behaved towards his leading ladies was to create a sense of dread within them, but he put these women – especially Hedren – through years of mental, emotional, and during her time on the set of ‘The Birds’, weeks of physical torture.

1. ‘Halloween’ (1978)

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I think this is the greatest behind the scenes/candid horror photo of all time. Taking place during the filming of ‘Halloween’ (1978), between scenes, Jamie Lee Curtis and Nick Castle were fooling around and got caught on camera having a smooch. I doubt anyone at the time knew how much of an impact this would have on the franchise.

Such a poetic image, this actually precedes the story knowledge that Laurie and Michael are brother and sister (this not becoming known until ‘Halloween 2’); and I can only speculate that it is the inspiration for Laurie’s iconic death in ‘Halloween Resurrection’ when she gives her brother a goodbye kiss before plummeting to her death at his hands.

3 thoughts on “Ten Behind The Scenes Images That Will Change The Way You Look At Horror Movies

  • aeliapetro@yahoo.ca'
    July 14, 2015 at 2:17 am

    Great collection! But…

    The photo you have listed as Gremlins 2: The New Batch, is actually from Gremlins 1. That is Chris Walas and crew, who created the puppets for the first film (Rick Baker lead the effects team for the sequel).

    Ironically, the photo you have credited to Gremlins, is actually from Gremlins 2: The New Batch. That Gizmo costume was a prototype (designed to solve the “puppets can’t walk” dilemma), and was never used on screen.

  • jbarton@vt.edu'
    July 14, 2015 at 3:46 pm

    House on Haunted Hill was not based on The Haunting of Hill House, that was 1963’s The Haunting.

  • dshipka@okstate.edu'
    July 14, 2015 at 6:20 pm

    That’s Kim Novak in Vertigo, not Tippi Hedren.


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