Happy 35th Anniversary to two classics!
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Happy 35th Anniversary to two classics!
All this week we are celebrating the anniversary of one of the best haunted house movies of all time: POLTERGEIST!
Here's producer Frank Marshall and Craig T. Nelson talking about the horrors of suburbia!
Today’s fun movie fact: Did you know David Naughton, then known as Dr. Pepper's star of the "I'm A Pepper" commercials, was let go by Dr. Pepper, because of his nude scenes in “An American Werewolf In London.”
Today’s fun movie fact: in the film “Heavy Metal” As the barbarians overrun the city of Kraan, the structure where the council chamber is located resembles the helmets worn by the two men on the cover of Black Sabbath's album "Never Say Die!" (1978) - the last album the band recorded with lead singer Ozzy Osbourne before he left to start his successful solo career in. Black Sabbath, with Ronnie James Dio singing, are featured on the soundtrack with their songs "E5150" and the title track from their album "Mob Rules" (1981).
Today’s fun movie fact: Spaceballs merchandise shown in this movie include: bedsheet, flamethrower, lunchbox, cornflakes, towels, Yogurt doll, toilet paper, shaving cream, place mat, action figures. As part of the fair-use agreement between Mel Brooks and George Lucas, no legitimate Spaceballs merchandise ever existed in the real world. The lunchbox and coloring book are simply The Transformers (1984) products with a Spaceballs logo stuck on them.
Today’s fun movie fact: “House of Wax” was one of the first major pictures shot in 3D, and the director used some of the usual "tricks". In one scene, at the grand opening of the House of Wax, a sort of barker is enticing people to come in, and he actually breaks the "fourth wall", talking directly to the movie theatre audience. He is playing with a paddle-ball, hitting it toward the camera, as well as toward the people gathering around in front of the House of Wax. At one point, he is hitting the ball toward the movie audience. Looking directly at "us", he says, "Well, there's someone with a bag of popcorn. Close your mouth, it's the bag I'm aiming at, not your tonsils."
Trailer for House of Wax
Today’s fun movie fact: The opening title for “The Thing” (1982) attempts to replicate the appearance of the original Howard Hawks film. To create the effect of the title, an animation cel with "The Thing" written on it was placed behind a smoke-filled fish tank which was covered with a plastic garbage bag. The bag was ignited, creating the effect of the title burning onto the screen.
Today’s fun move fact: According to legend, the running gag in the movie “Meatballs” of calling Camp Northstar Director Morty, by the name of Mickey instead, is an arcane reference to Mickey Mouse's original name, Mortimer Mouse.
Today’s fun movie fact: For the filming of “The Godfather” Marlon Brando wanted to make Don Corleone "look like a bulldog," so he stuffed his cheeks with cotton wool for the audition. For the actual filming, he wore a mouthpiece made by a dentist. This appliance is on display in the American Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, New York.
Today’s fun movie fact: Arnold Schwarzenegger said The Terminator "was a small movie. We really had to cut costs all the time. We shot it very quickly. We felt we had a good story and it would be successful. But we thought it would be for certain audiences only. No-one suspected it would be in Time magazine's top 10 movies of the year and that successful at the box-office and that people demanded a sequel that would be the highest grossing movie of that year."
Happy anniversary to the end of the original trilogy!
Star Wars Return of the Jedi Original Trailer 1983
Today’s fun movie fact: Before the filming of “Some Like It Hot” when Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon first put on the female make-up and costumes, they walked around the Goldwyn Studios lot to see if they could "pass" as women. Then they tried using mirrors in public ladies rooms to fix their makeup, and when none of the women using it complained, they knew they could be convincing as women. There is a scene on the train recreating this moment.
Today’s fun movie fact: Did you know
the chariot race in the film “Ben Hur” required 15,000 extras on a set constructed on 18 acres of backlot at Cinecitta Studios outside Rome. Tour buses visited the set every hour. Eighteen chariots were built, with half being used for practice. The race took five weeks to film.
Today’s fun movie fact: The Movie Dragonslayer was the first movie to use go-motion, a variant of stop-motion animation, in which parts of the model (in this case, the dragon) were mechanized and the movement programmed by computer. During shooting, the computer moves the model while the camera is shooting, resulting in motion blur, which makes the animation more convincing.
Today’s fun movie fact: Did you know when Disney approached Warner Bros. about using Bugs Bunny for “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” it was contracted that Bugs Bunny had to have the EXACT amount of screen time as Mickey Mouse.
Today’s fun movie fact: Did you know the feature film “Smurfs and the Magic Flute” was released in France in 1976? It wasn’t released in the US until seven years later in 1983.
Today’s fun movie fact: in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory The Wonkatania was on a track in the chocolate river, but the actor playing the Oompa Loompa at the helm thought he was actually steering it. For the sake of believability, director Mel Stuart didn't tell him the truth.
Today’s fun movie fact: Many of The Wicked Witch of the West's scenes in “The Wizard of Oz” were either trimmed or deleted entirely, as Margaret Hamilton's performance was thought to be too frightening for audiences
Today’s fun movie fact: Prior to the release of “Star Wars”, George Lucas showed an early cut to a group of his movie director friends. Most, including Lucas, felt the movie would be a flop. Brian De Palma reportedly called it the "worst movie ever". The only dissenter was Steven Spielberg, who correctly predicted the movie would make millions of dollars.
Today’s fun movie fact: in the 1975 William Castle Classic “BUG” the set used for the Partmiter home, where Joanna Miles's character has her head set ablaze by a "bug", was the same set at Paramount Studios in Hollywood as the one used for the interior of the Brady home in ABC-TV's The Brady Bunch (1969). Due to very poor ratings, the series had been canceled in 1974, a few months before filming on this film began. Since this film's release in 1975, "The Brady Bunch" became a ubiquitous hit in syndication, and the set has become easily recognizable to several generations of classic TV watchers, even though the set was altered for use in this film.
Today’s fun move fact: Did you know that in Friday the 13th Part II Jason wore a potato sack over his head. “The Elephant Man” was also released just months before and Paramount didn’t want people to associate Jason with John Merrick. So for Friday the 13th Part III in 3-D they changed it to what the effects Artest had in the trunk of his car... A Hockey Mask. The rest is Horror history.
Today’s fun movie fact: Did you know that after filming “The Neverending Story” the crew gave Noah Hathaway his horse from the film. But he had no where to house it in Los Angeles, so he couldn’t except the gift.
Today’s fun movie fact: Did you know the film Event Horizon was originally going to be released in 3-D? But the studio realized almost all of the theaters were unequipped with the proper equipment to run it in 3-D. A Theatre needs to run 3-D a Silver Screen (most theaters at that time only had flat white screens) and a what is called a Over/Under 3-D lens. So the 3-D version was never released. While viewing the film you can tell “3-D” effects are all over the film. Sad we never have gotten to see this version.
Today’s fun movie fact: Did you know both “Battlestar Galactica” and “Buck Rogers in the 25th Century” pilot TV episodes were released theatrically?
Battlestar Galactica’s theatrical release was also edited with a few scenes deleted and or changed completely. Like when Baltar gets decapitated in the film version. But lives in the TV version and becomes the main villain in the series.
Battlestar also had another two part Episode released “Mission Galactica: Cylon Attack” was the theatrical version of the return of the Battlestar Pegasus.
Buck Rogers was the pilot for the series. It was released just a few months before the series started.
Today’s fun movie fact: Did you know JAWS 2 was the first sequel to use the number 2 instead of the Roman Numeral “II”?
Today’s fun movie fact: it’s sad but true. 5 actors from the Poltergeist series of films died.
Sadly Dominique Dunne was killed by her boyfriend in 1982 just months after Poltergeist was released.
1986 we lost Will Sampson, Geraldine Fitzgerald and Julian Beck from Poltergeist 2: The Other Side.
Then finally we lost the young and talented
Heather O'Rourke as Poltergeist 3 was being filmed. They used a stand in to finish the scenes she wasn’t able to film.
Today’s fun fact: Did you know that two movies from 1933 have been remade twice? King Kong and House of Wax (Mystery at the Wax Museum.) The 1933 versions both starred Fay Wray.
Today’s fun movie fact: in the movie “Psycho” chocolate syrup was used for the blood in the shower scene.
Today’s fun movie fact: Did you know when Star Wars was originally released “Episode IV: A New Hope” was not in the film? It was added for the 1979 Rerelease of the film.
Today’s fun movie fact: Jurassic Park was the first film to use the DTS digital sound system.
Today’s fun movie fact: Did you know that ILM “Industrial Light and Magic” just it’s start on the film “Star Wars.”
Lucas needed special effects never seen on the screen and one that could bring his vision alive. So he created his own team of effects Artists and achieved the most amazing effects ever seen!
Hoping everyone has a very Happy Easter.
Today’s fun movie fact: Did you know the movie “Midnight Cowboy” is the only “X” rated film to be nominated and win the Best Picture Academy Award? At the 1970 Academy Awards it actually won three... Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screen Play.
Today’s fun movie fact: The first 3-D Animated Feature film was released in 1985 “Starchaser: The Legend of Oran.” It was also the first 3-D film to integrate Hand Drawn Animation and Computer Animation.
TSfilmvault - Starchaser: The Legend of Orin (1985) Trailer - Please free to copy and link any of the videos on the TSfilmvault channel and if you have time,...
Today’s fun movie fact: Did you know that the first film to be presented in George Lucas’ sound system “THX” was “Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.”
The "Wow!" and "Soundtrack!" sequences were originally created for the THX WOW! laserdisc, but also appear on the "THX Ultimate Demo Disc" that was given out...
Today’s fun movie fact: most people think the film “Airplane!” was a spoof of the “Airport” films of the 1970’s. But it was actually a remake of a 1950’s Canadian film called “Zero Hour.” Scenes we’re also recreated for its sequel “Airplane II: The Sequel.”
An extended look at the similarities between the original 1957 film and the more well-known comedy-remake from 1980. Produced for education purposes only.
Today’s fun movie fact: To honor to those who lost their lives on the 107 years ago on the Titanic today. James Cameron went to pain stacking levels to bring the authenticity to his 1997 classic “Titanic.” Everything from the deco, the staircase, lifts, rooms, deck, wheelhouse, costumes... even the dishes all match what was on the ship before it sank.
Today’s fun movie fact: the 1981 classic “Clash of the Titans” was the last film Ray Harryhausen used his visual effects on.
Today’s fun movie fact: Did you know that the 1931 Dracula was filmed twice at the same time? While making the film, it was shot during the day in English and at night they shot the Spanish version. Each had its own cast, director and crew. But would share it’s sets, props and most of the wardrobe.
Today’s fun movie fact: Did you know that the movie a Poltergeist II:The Other Side was going to be originally released in 3-D? The film was slated right at the tail end of the 80’s 3D craze and some of the film was shot in 3D but the idea was scrapped.
Fun note: The Lilly Tomlin film “The Incredible Shrinking Woman” was also going to be released in 3D. 3D footage of it can be found.
Sorry everyone... Been working hard on getting the Theatre locked in.
But here is today’s Fun Movie Fact: Did you know that Atreyu from the Neverending Story was the original Harry Potter? Noah Hathaway who play Boxey in Battlestar Galactica and Atreyu in The Neverending Story went on the play Harry Potter Jr. in the 1986 cult classic Troll. Some people have said that some of the plot for the Harry Potter series was also borrowed from the film Troll as well. But you can decide for yourself.
Today's Fun Movie Fact:
Did you know that 1933 King Kong was the first film to use a score written for a movie? It was the first film to have the music match up with the action, have themes for different characters and more.
Today's fun movie fact:
Do you know John Candy Passed on a GHOSTBUSTERS Role? In an interview with EW, Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman revealed that John Candy was up for the part of Louis Tully, who ended up being played by Rick Moranis. Candy didn't take the part because apparently he just didn't get it.
Today’s fun movie fact: the sets from the 1933
“King Kong” were deliberately burned and filmed during the filming of the fire sequence of
“Gone With The Wind.”
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