On-Set Photos That’ll Change The Way You See Horror Movies


Horror movies have been freaking out audiences
for over 100 years. But it turns out that once you take away the
spooky lighting, ominous music, and scary masks, a terrifying spectacle can easily become
nothing more than just a bunch of people having fun. Here are some amusingly disillusioning set
photos that will keep you from looking at iconic horror movies the same way ever again. Freddy Krueger is easily the most charismatic
killer of the ’80s slasher era. As the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise expanded,
Freddy became quippier and punnier until he basically turned into the ’80s version of
a slightly-less-murdery Deadpool without a mask. But before he became such a cuddly figure,
he was a serial killer with wizard powers who was probably also a child abuser. That’s why it’s kind of jarring to see him
chilling with the teens he would dream-murder while bumping 1984’s biggest hits on a Walkman. Not even a living nightmare could resist taking
a break with Stevie Wonder’s “I Just Called to Say I Love You.” By tearing away the curtain of fantasy, these
behind-the-scenes photos remind you that these monsters are just puppets or people in makeup,
breaking the illusion and removing most of the horror. The problem with this shot from behind the
scenes of 1990’s Gremlins 2: The New Batch is that it’s actually way scarier than anything
in the movie. The adorable mogwai Gizmo is arguably the
hero and definitely the breakout star of the Gremlins franchise, so he’s generally meant
to be cute and tiny rather than scary. But makeup artist Rick Baker’s team built
a prototype human-sized suit for a small actor to fit into so Gizmo could walk around on
camera. Thankfully, this idea was ditched and this
horrifying, presumably child-eating suit never appeared on camera. Thirsty Lady Gremlin was scary enough. 2006’s Pan’s Labyrinth was arguably the film
that made director Guillermo del Toro a household name. The film uses dark fantasy to create a dream
world in which the horrors of fascist Spain are reflected by the horrors of a big maze
with monsters in it. The monster who gives his name to the title
is the Faun, but the real nightmare star is the Pale Man, whose “eyeballs in the palms”
bit is probably the film’s most memorable visual. The actor behind the Faun would probably be
mad that the Pale Man upstaged him if it weren’t for the fact that they were played by the
same actor: Doug Jones. Jones is reportedly a very nice person despite
his monstrous roles, so it’s no surprise to see him showing some affection behind the
scenes to his makeup artist. 1974’s The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is one
of the most influential and beloved horror films ever made. 1986’s Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 has something
less of a critical consensus behind it, but its reputation has grown in recent years. Director Tobe Hooper wanted the sequel to
expand on the black comedy elements of the first film, so it really amps up the satire
as well as the gore to make something almo st as over the top as the first film is understated. That spirit of fun really shows in this behind-the-scenes
photo, in which Leatherface is playing cards with his brothers the Cook and Chop Top in
a game that seems to have gone somewhat awry… but far less awry than their usual games. The Hellraiser franchise is about demons from
another dimension in leather gear with elaborate body mods that steal people’s souls. Easily the most recognizable character is
Pinhead, a leader of the Cenobites, portrayed in the first seven films by Doug Bradley. According to an interview with Birth Movies
Death, while promoting Hellraiser III in 1992, Bradley was walking through New York in full
costume so he could present a prop to Planet Hollywood. Naturally, his presence drew quite a crowd,
and at some point one of the dozens of people following him down the street asked him to
take a picture holding a baby. Bradley refers to this as “Pinhead running
for President.” Wes Craven’s A Nightmare on Elm Street ended
up exploding into a massive franchise, and pretty much everyone agrees that out of all
the sequels, the best one is part 3, The Dream Warriors. One of the most important additions to the
Elm Street mythos in this film is the role of Kristen Parker, portrayed by Patricia Arquette,
who has the ability to summon other people into the dream world at will. And one of her most famous scenes is the one
in which Freddy appears as a giant snake that tries to swallow Kristen whole until he’s
stabbed with a shard of glass and pukes her up. As cool as that scene is, it’s somewhat undercut
by this shot of Arquette not at all bothered to be halfway down Freddy’s gullet.

28 Replies to “On-Set Photos That’ll Change The Way You See Horror Movies

  1. This video literally grossed me out and the Gizmo photo scared the shit out of me but it was interesting but I still won’t watch horror films

  2. I usually just ignore most of the notifications for your videos. But this one caught my attention. Nostalgia, maybe? 🤷

  3. Just show the fucking pictures fuck, we dont fucking need or want the fucking play by play, this aint Sunday night football damn it asshole.

  4. Did Looper think we were under the impression that movie monsters were real? Or that Doug Jones hasn't always been the nicest movie monster of all time?

  5. I walked out of the original Hell Raiser shaking. My buddy looked at me and said, "I think we need to go to church."

  6. You mean…. Deadpool is like Freddy… With a mask. Not the other way around. You know. Because that makes no sense, something existing before something else, being like that thing. How does that work?

  7. Doug Jones is the modern Horror Movie LEGEND that most people have never heard of. He really deserves more recognition.👻

  8. Yes Jones is a wonderful man I have had the honor of meeting him in person he is a soft spoken gentleman who also portrayed Billy the zombie in hocus pocus

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