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Zootopia (2016)
Nick Wilde's design is heavily based on the title character of Disney's Robin Hood (1973) (who is also a fox).

Originally, the film revolved around Nick Wilde (voiced by Jason Bateman). However, test audiences reported that they had a hard time connecting with him emotionally and instead found themselves drawn to Judy Hopps (voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin), so the story was changed.

Animators decided upon Judy's purple eye color because they thought the rest of her gray fur markings were too dull, particularly for a main character. Purple was chosen to represent her energetic and optimistic personality.
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Deadpool (2016)
On April Fool's Day 2015, Ryan Reynolds posted on Twitter that the film would be rated PG-13, which prompted fan backlash as the Deadpool character often swears and commits acts of graphic violence. Later that day, Reynolds confirmed that it was a prank and the film would be R rated.

The film was released in February 2016, exactly 25 years after Deadpool's first appearance in New Mutants #98.
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The Church (1989)
The image of the biker's naked girl friend hugging a winged snake-man is taken directly from a famous Boris Vallejo painting.

The film's title for its Spain release was El Engendro del diablo, which means "The Fetus of the Devil."
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The lighted wall and lighted floor at Odyssey 2001 were not actually at the disco, but added in for the film. The "blinking light" effect on the wall was created by covering the wall in tin foil and reflecting blinking Christmas tree lights off of it.

The film opened in the United States on December 14, 1977 at the height of the disco era. Less than two years later, the disco era ended.

According to John Travolta, The Bee Gees weren't involved with the film at the very beginning. "I was dancing to Stevie Wonder and Boz Scaggs."
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Richard suggests they go to Jones Beach with all the syringes. This is probably in reference to the infamous "Syringe Tide" in 1987-1988 when medical waste washed up on several beaches in New York/New Jersey, costing massive losses in tourist dollars.

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After Richard knocks out the man that Bernie fired, he informs Larry "You can come out now Rambo." First Blood (1982), the first Rambo movie, was also directed by Ted Kotcheff. The gardener in the film (George Kee Cheung) wears a costume similar to the one in Rambo: First Blood Part II; he was the film's villain.
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Mannequin (1987)
The department store used for Prince & Company is an actual department store. It is John Wanamaker's, now Macy's in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Director Michael Gottlieb got the idea for this film when he was walking by a store window and was startled to "see" a mannequin move by itself. He realized it was just an optical illusion caused by a combination of lights and shadows, but began to wonder what would happen if a mannequin actually DID come to life.
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PolyGram was so disgusted with the final cut of the film that at the last minute they decided to find another studio to sell the distribution rights to. The film's producers showed the final cut to TriStar Pictures, Orion Pictures, and 20th Century Fox. TriStar was run by Mike Medavoy who called the film "a children's movie on drugs" and passed on it. Orion and 20th Century Fox passed on it for unknown reasons. Finally they showed the film to New Line Cinema. New Line CEO Bob Shaye loved the movie and felt the character of Drop Dead Fred was very much like Freddy Krueger. Bob Shaye felt that they could have another hit franchise on their hands. Immediately, New Line signed to get the distribution rights to this movie.
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Mannequin On The Move is the actual title of the film. "Mannequin Two: On The Move" was the poster title.
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At the end of the "Sequel" song, Walter suggests calling the movie "Muppets Again." "Muppets... Again!" was indeed the working title all through filming, but was changed at the last minute to Muppets Most Wanted.
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Iron Eagle (1986)
According to the DVD liner notes, the U.S. Air Force was going to consult on this film until they realized that a major part of the plot hinged on Doug and his friends hacking into the base computers, stealing equipment, etc. They didn't like the idea of the ease with which they had control of the base.

This film was originally intended to be released in the summer of 1986, but the release was pushed up to January to avoid competition and confusion with Top Gun (1986).
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A mixture of red and blue food coloring mixed with caramel syrup was used for the fake blood, which - contrary to most movie blood - actually looks real.

According to various cast and crew members (especially David Hess and Fred J. Lincoln), actress Sandra Peabody was genuinely terrified throughout most of the shoot, at one point walking off-set.
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All zoom shots were achieved by placing the camera on a shopping cart.

The card Matthew has attached to his wheel is the Ace of Clubs.
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Caligula (1979)
One of the few movies legendary film critic Roger Ebert admitted to walking out on (during the Brothel-Boat orgy sequence), calling it "sickening, utterly worthless, shameful trash. If it is not the worst film I have ever seen, that makes it all the more shameful: People with talent allowed themselves to participate in this travesty." He reviewed what he saw, giving it zero stars, and ended with a quote from another viewer who told him "This movie is the worst piece of shit I have ever seen."

The movie was scheduled to be shown in two parts on Brazilian television network OM in 1992. The first half was aired but, after protests, the courts banned the film. The second half was never aired.
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A UK band called Pop! used the same name as Hugh Grant's fictional entourage, complete with the punctuating exclamation mark. They released three top 40 hits before disbanding.
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Warlock (1989)
The warlock's goal is to bring together all three parts of a book that will allow him to learn the "true" name of God, and undo all of Creation by speaking the name backward. In many spiritualistic pagan religions, evil spirits were said to have personal names kept from all others, for learning the true name of a spirit would allow an entity to gain control over it.

In 1990, then newly-founded Trimark Pictures bought the distribution rights from the bankrupt New World Pictures and also purchased the rights for any potential sequels.
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Top Gun (1986)
The real Top Gun School gives a $5 fine to anyone in the staff that quotes the movie.

Judas Priest were asked to contribute the song "Reckless" to the soundtrack, but declined because they thought the movie would flop. Two years later, they contributed a cover of Johnny Be Good (1988) to the movie of the same name, which turned out to be a flop.

Riding on the back of this film's success, the US Navy set up recruiting booths in the major cinemas to try and catch some of the adrenaline charged guys leaving the screenings. They had the highest applications rate for years as a result.

The F-14 pilot who "flipped the bird" at the MiG pilot was Scott Altman of VF-51, who eventually became a NASA astronaut flying as pilot on two missions and as commander on two more missions.
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During the "murder tour" segment, there is a brief glimpse of a fetus like creature. This is one of the failed clone experiments from "Alien Resurrection"

When Officer Wydell is showing Mother Firefly the pictures of the missing kids, the picture of Jerry is a picture of Chris Hardwick, the actor that played Jerry, on the set of the movie.
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Otis' line "I am The Devil and I am here to do the Devil's work" is a slightly altered version of a quote spoken by Manson Family member Tex Watson during the infamous Tate Murders.

Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Free Bird" is one of the songs in the movie. Ironically, "Diamond" Dallas Page (Billy Ray Snapper) briefly managed a tag team in WCW called the Free birds in 1991.
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While filming in summer 2014, Harrison Ford broke his ankle on the door of the Millennium Falcon. About a year later, J.J. Abrams revealed that he hurt his back while trying to help get Ford out from under the door.

In a real-life parallel to the film Fanboys (2009), Mark Hamill and John Boyega successfully lobbied director J.J. Abrams to allow Star Wars fan Daniel Fleetwood to see the film before official release, as Fleetwood had been diagnosed with terminal cancer, and was not expected to live to see the film's actual release date. Fleetwood was shown the film at a screening in his home, after Disney agreed. Fleetwood died 10 November, 2015.

Mark Hamill claimed George Lucas nonchalantly told him over lunch a new Star Wars trilogy was going to be made by Disney, and if he did not want to be involved, Luke Skywalker would simply be written out of the script. However, Hamill immediately agreed to reprise the role. Hamill admitted, however, that he pretended to also be nonchalant about it so it didn't seem like he was excited for the role.
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Moira Kelly injured her ankle during shooting, so to make it easier for her between scenes, she was moved around on a porter's truck (the sort of thing usually used to move boxes, etc.).
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Teen Witch (1989)
Robyn makes her date David disappear and he never comes back throughout the whole movie.

Ellen DeGeneres was considered to play a high-school teacher.

The film was originally intended to be a female version of Teen Wolf (1985) and it went as far as to borrow the design for the lettering, the tag line, and the shell of the plot line.
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Red Dragon (2002)
The establishing shot of the Baltimore State Hospital for the Criminally Insane was re-used from The Silence of the Lambs (1991), as the building was no longer available for filming.

Will Graham shares only four scenes with Hannibal Lecter. This is the same number of scenes Clarice Starling shares with Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs (1991).
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CB4 (1993)
The three songs performed by CB4 are loose remakes of real rap songs. 'Straight Out of Locash' was 'Straight Outta Compton' by N.W.A, 'Sweat of my Balls' was 'Talk Like Sex' by Kool G. Rap & D.J. Polo and 'Rapper's Delight' was originally by the Sugar Hill Gang.

The rap group CB4 claim to be from the town of Locash. LoCash is in fact the name of one of the film's screenwriters, Robert LoCash.
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The Devils (1971)
While preparing for the climactic demolition of the city walls, a technician mistook a signal from Ken Russell and detonated the explosives before the cameras were rolling. A large chunk of the set had to be rebuilt. However, a documentary on the second disk of the 2012 DVD release of the film contradicts this story. In this documentary, Russell states that it was himself that pressed the button which detonated the explosives without communicating this to the camera team. It is also stated that the scene had to be re-shot a month later as a consequence the cameras missing the destruction of the walls.
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Gary Goldman stated that they originally hoped the film would receive a "PG" rating, due to several intense scenes and the maturity of the subject matter. They were actually surprised when the ratings board gave it "G", and feel that the rating might have hurt the film's commercial appeal to older audiences.

There are more than 600 colors used in the film. One character, chemist mouse Mr. Ages, has 26 colors.

The small dragonfly Mr. Ages chases away near the beginning of the film is Evinrude from Disney's The Rescuers, one of the last films Don Bluth worked on at Disney before leaving the company.
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Frank Langella went on record in an interview stating that playing Skeletor was one of his favorite roles. His young son was a huge fan and was running around the house shouting "By the power of Grayskull", so he took the role for him. He wrote some of his lines, like: "Tell me about the loneliness of good, He-Man. Is it equal to the loneliness of evil?".

The character of Gwildor was created to replace Orko from He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (1983).

Many viewers reviewed the motion picture in comparison to the cartoon, when it really was an adaptation of the toys only (which initially depicted He-Man as a barbarian in the first mini-comics (not Prince Adam or Orko). Ed Pressman was interested in the property before the cartoon was even aired and purchased the movie rights of the Mattel characters, not Filmation's who had no involvement whatsoever in the film. Also it was logistically too complicated and expensive to include creatures such as Battle Cat.

Actress Christina Pickles (the Sorceress) plays the mother of Courteney Cox (Julie Winston) on the television series Friends (1994).
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The Rescuers (1977)
Penny freezes whenever she gazes into Madame Medusa's eyes. In the Greek myth, those who gazed into Medusa's eyes turned to stone.

A calendar on the wall of Madame Medusa's back room marks Thursday the 12th, implying that the investigation and rescue took but a day, ending on Friday the 13th.

Evinrude the dragonfly, who pushes a small boat in the film, is named after a manufacturer of outboard boat motors.

The film was the last of the Disney classics to be announced for a DVD release, receiving no more publicity than the standard press release. Even so, it became a popular seller and sold much better than expected. Walt Disney Home Entertainment had understocked the DVD, and copies were high on demand.

The film broke a record for largest box office gains on opening weekend, a record it would keep until the release of another animated movie about mice, Don Bluth's An American Tail (1986).
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The exterior shot of the castle used to portray Cromwell's fortress is actually that of Eilean Donan Castle which is on a small island off the town of Dornie, Scotland.
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Heather Donahue mentioned to Fangoria Magazine that her first question she asked the director upon arriving on the set was if he was planning on making a snuff film.

To maintain the film's fear factor, the three main actors agreed to stay in character for the entire eight days of filming. Periodically, if an actor had to break from character then the remaining two actors also had to break from character, but only after collectively reciting their safety word: taco.

When promoting the film, the producers claimed it was real footage. Some people still believe it.

The reactions from Heather, Mike and Josh when they discover they have walked south all day and ended up in the same spot are real; they were genuinely upset that they had walked all day for nothing.

The three leads believed the Blair Witch was a real legend during filming, though of course they knew the film was going to be fake. Only after the film's release did they discover that the entire mythology was made up by the film's creators.

The actors were requested to interview the townspeople, who often, unbeknownst to the actors, were planted by the directors. As a result, the expressions on the actors' faces were unrehearsed.

Numerous fans were so convinced of the Blair Witch's existence that they flocked to Maryland in hopes of discovering the legend. They apparently didn't read the closing credits of the film.
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Ten days after its premiere in Milan, the film was seized by the Italian courts, and director Ruggero Deodato, was arrested and charged with obscenity. He was later charged with murdering several actors on camera, and faced life in prison. The cast had signed contracts requiring them to disappear for a year after shooting, to maintain the illusion that they'd died. Deodato contacted Luca Barbareschiand told him to contact the three other actors who played the missing film team. When the actors appeared in court, alive and well, the murder charges were dropped.

Ruggero Deodato has said he now regrets everything he did, especially the animal deaths. He said once that he wishes he'd never made the movie.

A final subtitle at the end of the film states "Projectionist John K. Kirov was given a two-month suspended jail sentence and fined $10,000 for illegal appropriation of film material. We know that he received $250,000 for that same footage." is a reference to a distributor who screened the real cannibal footage that Ruggero Deodato based the film on.

The Yanomamo and Shamatari are real-life South American native tribes. Neither is accurately portrayed in the film.

The iconic poster image for the film shows a cannibal girl impaled on a stick. In court, Deodato explained that the girl sat on a bicycle seat attached to the pole's base, while holding a small pointed piece of balsa wood in her mouth. Fake blood was added afterward. He commented that the girl was unusually calm, and remained very still during filming.
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Xtro (1982)
The film was often incorrectly listed as a UK video nasty though it was never officially listed among the original 72 titles.

The creature that attacks the woman in the cottage was played by a mime they hired to crawl on his back.

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The movie's title is derived from a quote by Robert Louis Stevenson: "You think those dogs will not be in heaven? I tell you they will be there long before any of us."
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The Truck Driven by Jack (Kurt Russell) - the "Pork Chop Express" - is a Freightliner FLC 120.

The Chinese characters in the main title translate to "Evil Spirits Make a Big Scene in Little Spiritual State".

The characters on the front of "Egg" Shen's bus say, "Uncle Egg's Tours Guarantee a Good Time".

Kurt Russell suffered a bad case of the flu during shooting so the sweat on his body is real, caused by the fever.

The name of the murdered gang leader, Lem Lee, is probably a reference to Tom Lee, the leader of the On Leong Tong, a crime syndicate in New York's Chinatown in the early 20th Century that fronted itself as a merchant association.
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Red Scorpion (1988)
The film was co written by Jack Abramoff, who was later sentenced and served 3 1/2 years and 7 months in federal prison, for fraud.
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When it came time to film the end titles sequence, where Buckaroo and pals are walking around a dry L.A. aqueduct in step to the music, the music wasn't ready. Composer 'Michael Boddicker' told the film crew to use "Uptown Girl" by Billy Joel as a placeholder because it was the exact same tempo. Those scenes were filmed with "Uptown Girl" blaring from a boom box tied to the back of the camera truck.

The latitude and longitude recited by the technicians during the "alignment" of the Oscillation Overthruster are the coordinates of Cape Canaveral, Florida.

The "jet car" shown in the film (reportedly a 1982 Ford F-350 pick-up truck) included an actual Cold War-era General Electric turbo jet engine that was borrowed from Northrop University in Inglewood, California.

The end of the movie invites the viewer to watch for the upcoming film "Buckaroo Banzai vs. The World Crime League". This was the real title for a sequel that Sherwood Studios planned to make if this film had been successful. Unfortunately, it was a box-office bomb, and Sherwood Studios went bankrupt. After its release on video and cable, however, BB became a cult favorite, much in the same way as Mad Max (which crawled from obscurity to spawn two sequels). Legal wrangling due to the bankruptcy prevented any other studios from picking up the sequel rights, and even years later MGM had to fight through a pile of red tape simply to get the OK to release it on DVD.
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The "quotes" around "Crocodile" in the title were added for the American release to ensure people didn't think that Dundee was a crocodile.

When Paul Hogan gave an interview for Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles, he put to rest the myth that there was a real Crocodile Dundee. He assured the interviewer that there was not, and that the idea for the character came from his own head. Hogan admitted that on a trip to New York he felt like a complete fish-out-of-water and the idea began to form in his head.
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The first movie from the Disney company (produced/released under their "Touchstone" company) to receive an "R" rating from the MPAA.

Nick Nolte's character remarks that he became a bum in part because he was "pretty active politically in the '60s. Sold some draft cards." In real life, Nolte received five years' probation for selling fake draft cards in the 1960s.
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Alien (1979)
Many of the non-English versions of the film's title translate as something similar to "Alien: The 8th Passenger".

Many of the interior features of the Nostromo came from airplane graveyards.

Shredded condoms were used to create tendons of the beast's ferocious jaws.

Among some of the ingredients of the alien costume are Plasticine and Rolls Royce motor parts.
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Aliens (1986)
The title of Alien in Hungarian was "The 8th passenger: Death". Consequently, the title of Aliens was: "The name of the planet: Death".

Ripley's miniature bathroom in her apartment is actually a British Airways toilet, purchased from the airline.

According to Lance Henriksen, the adding of Hudson's hand to the knife trick was discussed with almost everyone, except Bill Paxton.

Bishop's line about him being incapable of hurting a person or letting anyone come to harm are a direct reference to Issac Assimov's Three Laws of Robotics, more specifically the first and second laws (Third one is "A robot must protect its own existence").
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Alien³ (1992)
Hungarian title translated back to English: "Final Solution: Death."

In wide shots, most of the refinery is actually made of cardboard.

Early versions of the script and design featured a giant rustic monastery. Also, the alien itself would not be appearing.
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Milk had to be added to the underwater set as the water was simply too transparent to be convincing.

The underwater scenes took three weeks to film.

As the film progresses, the walls of the ship's corridors become darker and more ominous.
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Prometheus (2012)
To prepare for his role as the android David, Michael Fassbender watched Blade Runner (a Ridley Scott film), The Man Who Fell to Earth, The Servant and Lawrence of Arabia (mentioned by Peter Weyland). Fassbender also studied Olympic diver Greg Louganis, drawing inspiration from Louganis's physicality.

Director Ridley Scott named the film "Prometheus", seeing the name aptly fit the film's themes: "It's the story of creation; the gods and the man who stood against them." In Greek mythology, the Titan Prometheus was a servant of the gods, who stole and gave to mankind the gift of fire, an immeasurable benefit that changed the human race forever (for better AND worse).

Ridley Scott decided against featuring Xenomorphs (the titular Alien of the film series) in the film, as "the sequels squeezed him dry, he did very well... and no way am I going back there." Instead, this being an indirect prequel to Alien, he decided to feature a Xenomorph ancestor/parent.

According to Ridley Scott, the film's plot was inspired by Erich von Däniken's writings about ancient astronauts: "Both NASA and the Vatican agree that it is almost mathematically impossible that we can be where we are today, without there being a little help along the way. That's what we're looking at: we are talking about gods and engineers, engineers of space. Were the Aliens designed as a form of biological warfare, or biology that would go in and clean up a planet?"

The first shot of the cave paintings at the beginning of the film, which showed a horse in motion, originate from the Chauvet Cave in the South of France, which was the subject of the Werner Herzog Documentary Cave of Forgotten Dreams, also shot in 3D.

This is not Ian Whyte's (who plays the Last Engineer) only attachment to the "Alien" films. Whyte also played the Predators in the "AVP: Alien vs. Predator" film series.

When Shaw is discussing her finds around the world in the conference, the words "Eilean a' Cheo" can be seen in the background. This means "The Island of Mist" in Scottish Gaelic, and is a nickname for the Isle of Skye, properly called "An t-Eilean Sgitheanach".

The three-triangle logo of the Weyland corporation (while visually similar to that of the actual Weinstein Group) is actually derived from a pattern appearing on the wall in the background of an early Ron Cobb production painting of the "Space Jockey" for the original Alien film. the logo can be seen as part of David's fingerprint.

The moon's name in the film (LV223) is arguably a reference to the the bible verse Leviticus 22:3 - "Say to them, 'If any man among all your descendants throughout your generations approaches the holy gifts which the sons of Israel dedicate to the LORD, while he has an uncleanness, that person shall be cut off from before Me; I am the LORD.'" (New American Standard Bible). This foreshadows the events of the film, including the fates of the crew.

Designer H.R. Giger, who worked on the original design of the Xenomorph Alien, was brought in to assist in reverse-engineering the design of the Aliens in the film.

Was originally conceived as a prequel to Ridley Scott's Alien, but Scott announced his decision to turn it into an original film with Noomi Rapace (who was already set to star) still in the cast as one of five main characters. Some time later it was confirmed that while the movie would take place in the same universe as Alien and greatly reference that movie, it would mostly be an original movie and not a direct prequel.
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The Exorcist (1973)
According to William Friedkin, the subliminal shots of the white faced demon are actually rejected makeup tests for Regan's possessed appearance.

The bedroom set had to be refrigerated to capture the authentic icy breath of the actors in the exorcising scenes. Linda Blair, who was only in a flimsy nightgown, says to this day she cannot stand being cold.

The substance that the possessed Regan (Linda Blair) hurls at Father Damien Karras (Jason Miller) is thick pea soup. Specifically, it's Andersen's brand pea soup. The crew tried Campbell's but didn't like the "effect."

The studio wanted Marlon Brando for the role of Father Merrin. William Friedkin immediately vetoed this by stating that with Brando in the film it would become a Brando movie instead of the important film he wanted to make.
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Christopher Walken was also considered to play Father Lamont, but the studio management was opposed to his casting.

On the night of the premiere, the movie was literally laughed off the screen. Things were tolerable until the "synchronizer" machine was introduced, and it went straight downhill from there.

The original, opening night version of this film was so poorly received that the audience at a theater on Hollywood Blvd. actually threw things at the screen to express their disgust when it was over.

Richard Burton only agreed to make the film in return for Columbia producers casting him as Dr. Martin Dysart in Equus, which he had played on stage.
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The lines recited by the Gemini Killer in the cell ("Death be not proud...") are from a poem by John Donne.

William Peter Blatty offered directorial responsibilities to John Carpenter. Carpenter turned him down, and Blatty ended up directing the picture himself.
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The outdoor scenes of the movie were not filmed in Amityville, Long Island, but rather Toms River, New Jersey. Local police and ambulance workers played extras.

Jay Anson who wrote the book "The Amityville Horror" actually wrote out a screenplay for this film only for the producers to turn it down. Eventually they found Sandor Stern and liked his take on it so he was hired for the job.

While shooting the scene where Kathy is startled by the red eyes in the window, director Stuart Rosenberg wasn't impressed by Margot Kidder's reaction. According to Kidder, Rosenberg then tried to hold up a "a day-glo orange stuffed velour pig with glass eyes" in an attempt to startle Kidder. She said the result was only hysterical laughter, not fear.

The film was originally planned to be a made-for-TV production for the CBS network, until executive producer Sam Arkoff bought the rights after reading Jay Anson's book in one sitting.

Honey was rubbed on Rod Steiger's head to draw the flies to him.
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The explosion scene at the end of the film is real. A highly explosive chemical which produces flames that burn out instantly was used. During filming the effect reportedly backfired and burned the side of the house.
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Although this film takes place at the Amityville House, it is not a sequel to The Amityville Horror or Amityville II: The Possession. The events in the first two films were supposedly "real".

The Amityville Realty phone number is 666-1818.
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Jaws (1975)
The producers have said that had they read the book more than once, they would have known ahead of time that there would be problems filming the movie, and thus wouldn't have made it.

In addition to the well-known nickname of "Bruce", Steven Spielberg also called the shark "the great white turd" when he really got frustrated with the troublesome animatronic fish.

After the shark was built, it was never tested in the water, and when it was put in the water at Martha's Vineyard, it sank straight to the ocean floor. It took a team of divers to retrieve it.

Three mechanical "Bruces" were made, each with specialized functions. One shark was open on the right side, one was open on the left side, and the third was fully skinned. Each shark cost approximately $250,000.

As the shoot ballooned from 55 days to 159, with the budget likewise spiraling, the film earned the nickname amongst the crew of "Flaws".

When Brody is reading up about sharks, one of the books he studies is 'The Fishes', by F.D. Ommanney, published by Time-Life Books.
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Jaws 2 (1978)
Many scenes had to be shot in the fall/winter months. As such, the actors had to suck ice cubes prior to takes to avoid having their breath seen on camera.

In one of the boat scenes a young man is seen reading a book: "Jaws" by Peter Benchley.

Steven Spielberg and Richard Dreyfuss were approached to direct and star in the sequel but production on Close Encounters of the Third Kind was running behind and they declined to participate.
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Posted: 3 years, 10 months ago at Sep 27 14:25
VERY cool and interesting list! Great job.
Posted: 3 years, 9 months ago at Oct 9 3:23
I should've known that Diane Lane wasn't singing as Ellen Aim...

And Jaws 3 was originally going to be a parody of the previous movies, but apparently, the studio changed their minds.
Posted: 1 year, 5 months ago at Feb 14 12:10
EPIC list man can't believe i haven't seen this before
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Thanks for the comment!
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Thanks for this amazing list.
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