13 Things You May Not Know About Iconic Horror Villains
With October in full swing, we look at thirteen facts you may not know about some iconic horror movie villains.
In the past, we’ve looked at trivia for the original Universal monsters, and the modern kings of horror. But the beauty of horror films, there’s an abundance of beloved bad guys to talk about.
1. The original premise for ‘Child’s Play’ didn’t have Chucky coming to life because of a voodoo ritual, but from Andy’s blood mixing with his. In this version of the film, the Good Guy dolls would feature latex skin and blood. When the doll is “hurt”, children would have to get an official Good Guy bandage kit to fix it. Andy decides to perform a blood brother pact, and cuts his hand and mixes his blood with Chucky’s, bringing the doll to life.
2. One of the memorable tag lines from ‘Child’s Play 3′ was “Whadya know? Chucky’s gonna be a bro,” now that Chucky is trying to transfer his soul into a new character, an African-American boy named Tyler. The line was ultimately removed from the TV edition and video store rentals as the line was feared to be offensive to African American audiences.
3. Director Tobe Hooper gave Leatherface actor Gunner Hansen leeway to develop the character himself. Hansen came up with the idea of making Leatherface mentally handicapped and unable to properly speak. Hansen was concerned about portraying Leatherface in a way that wouldn’t be deemed as offensive or making fun of the handicapped, so he studied students at a school for the handicapped to make sure his portrayal was as accurate as possible.
4. For ‘Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III’, stuntman Kane Hodder served as the stunt coordinator, stunt double for Leatherface, and even portrayed Leatherface in the teaser trailer. This makes Kane Hodder the only person to officially portray Leatherface, Jason, and Freddy. Hodder is best known for playing Jason Voorhees four times from ‘Friday the 13th part 6′ all the way to ‘Jason X’, and was credited as playing Freddy at the end of ‘Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday’ when Freddy’s glove pulls Jason’s mask down to hell.
5. The original Jigsaw puppet was built from scratch by the filmmakers for the original film and was not an existing puppet that was modified as some believed.
6. For ‘Saw 3D’, Jigsaw actor Tobin Bell is given top billing despite appearing in the film for only 3 minutes.
7. Pinhead actor Doug Bradley became upset during a post-production party for the original ‘Hellraiser’ when he was ignored by the rest of the cast and crew. Bradley felt he got along well with everyone and was hurt that they’d treat him so poorly. Later, Bradley found out that everyone was unaware that he was even at the party because they didn’t recognize him out of his make-up.
8. The character Pinhead is not actually called by that name on-screen until the third film. Originally, the character was named “Priest” in the script, but was just credited as “Lead Cenobite” in the film, with “Pinhead” being used as a nickname. Writer/Director Clive Barker disliked the name “Pinhead”, saying it was undignified. Barker would later write a comic book adaptation of the Hellraiser universe in 2011 and confirmed the character’s name as “Priest”, being called such by other cenobites.
9. Pinhead was originally intended to appear at the end of ‘Freddy vs. Jason’. After both title characters were killed, they’d continue their fighting in a gladiatorial style pit in hell until Pinhead shows up, pulls them apart and says, “Now what seems to be the problem.” The idea was scrapped after New Line Cinema decided they didn’t want to pay for the rights to the character.
10. In the original film, little actors Deep Roy and Tony Cox served as stunt doubles for Warwick Davis. Deep Roy is best known as the Oompa Loompas in Tim Burton’s ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’, with Tony Cox best known for his roles in ‘Me, Myself, and Irene’ and ‘Bad Santa’. Both actors previously worked with Warwick Davis on ‘Return of the Jedi’ and Cox worked with Davis again on ‘Willow’.
11. For the original film, cereal brand Lucky Charms gave the production permission to use their cereal in a scene. The scene had Warwick Davis’ Leprechaun eat a handful of the cereal and spit it out in disgust. In response, Lucky Charms withdrew their permission. The filmmakers had two choices: cut the scene entirely, or spend the money to reshoot the scene. Out of a sense of defiance, the filmmakers not only reshot the scene with a generic Lucky Charms-like label, but rewrote the ending of the film to include an insult to the company. Originally, when the Leprechaun is killed by the young boy Alex, the line was “Your luck’s run out,” but was changed to “F*ck you Lucky Charms!”
12. Gene Hackman had purchased the rights to the book ‘Silence of the Lambs’ with the intention of directing the film himself and starring as Lecter. Hackman changed his mind after seeing a clip of himself in ‘Mississippi Burning’ at the 61st Academy Awards that made him uneasy about portraying another violent character.
13. Anthony Hopkins agreed to portray the character in ‘Red Dragon’ to re-establish the villainous perception of the character, feeling that the character had become a beloved anti-hero in the eyes of fans.