1) Aside from Jamie Lee Curtis and Donald Pleasance, the only other performer to appear in FOUR “Halloween” movies (“Halloween 4 and 5”, and both of the Rob Zombie “Halloween” remakes)… was actress, Danielle Harris.
2) John Laroquette was the narrator of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
3) Alfred Hitchcock’s movie, “Psycho”, was the first time an actual ‘toilet’ was ever shown on a public screen. The producer thought it would be even more unsettling for the audience if she tore something up, tossed it in… and flushed it.
4) Anton LaVey, the founder of the Church of Satan, died on Halloween night.
5) Having faulty wiring within the walls of your house is not only a fire hazard… but also it can make many people feel that their house is haunted. Studies have been done that show that the incorrect wiring can send out an electromagnetic pulse in certain areas of the house. It can create feelings of anxiety, paranoia, changes in the way the body feels room temperature, and can cause violent mood swings, as well as strong feelings of being ‘watched’. It has also been known to cause frequent nightmares, muscle spasms (or feelings of being ‘touched’), and in extreme cases… hallucinations. Add to that the flickering lights and TVs and radios turning themselves on and off without reason… and you have yourself a haunting. Wiring is something that any professional ghost hunter team should check for first.
6) Wes Craven’s, “Nightmare On Elm St.” was based on a TRUE story. Well, actually, a number of true stories. For a short time in the early 80’s, there were reported cases of Asians and Filipinos who had come to the US, but were having such terrible nightmares about the places that they came from that they refused to sleep. Becoming addicted to caffeine and pills, they did all they could to stay awake, claiming that a ‘demon’ was trying to kill them in their sleep. Weeks would pass, and eventually, fatigue would take over. They fell asleep, and their families were able to breathe a sigh of relief. However, in more than one case, those same people found themselves locked in a nightmare, and filled the house with bloodcurdling screams. When the families ran in to see what was wrong, the victims would cry out… and their hearts would stop. They were literally scared to death. And the autopsies performed never showed any signs of illness. None. Using these stories of sudden death, Wes Craven was inspired by the idea, used the name ‘Krueger’ (a bully that had terrorized him as a child), and the wildly popular series was born. As for the victims involved in the story’s origin… no clear cause of death was ever found. So sleep lightly, children…
7) While many consider Ed Gein to be the first American serial killer, there is an even older one by the name of H.H. Holmes. He came to Chicago at the end of the 19th century where he set up his infamous ‘Murder Castle’, a place where he took the lives of the many people he brought home from the World’s Fair along the Lake. Disguised as a hotel, Holmes used a variety of different contractors to build different parts of the structure. Only Holmes knew the exact layout of the place. The hotel was a virtual indoor maze, consisting of a series of windowless rooms, stairs that went nowhere, trap doors in the floors and ceilings… there was no escape once you were inside. Some victims were gassed, some slowly tortured to death, and remains were either burned or dissolved in acid down in the basement. There were even rooms equipped with flamethrowers, where people could be incinerated on the spot if they wandered into it. Holmes was eventually caught, and while he was only convicted of three murders, and only confessed to twenty-seven… the acid bath and ash remains found by police suggested that well over two HUNDRED people may have fallen into his evil trap. (JESUS! That’s a lot of killing!!!!) Chicago’s ‘Murder Castle’ mysteriously burned down shortly after he was hanged for his crimes, and a post office now stands in its place. But it was built on the same foundation, and the basement still remains intact. Over the years, so many employees have reported strange noises, screams, moving shadows, hauntings, touches, and unexplained activities beneath the main floor of the building, that post office managers discourage anyone from ever going down into the basement unless it is absolutely necessary. And if it DOES become necessary… to never go alone. A clearly posted sign is visible next to the door leading to the basement steps to this day…
8) While the haunting of the Amityville house is often thought of as a hoax by skeptics… the Amityville murders actually did happen. To this day, it has never been explained how one man was able to use such a powerful shotgun to kill his whole family without anyone hearing a single shot. Not even the family members themselves. Even those sleeping in the same bed. Mother, father, younger brothers, and two younger sisters. They were all found dead, face down, shot in the back while resting peacefully. None of them woke up or showed any signs of a struggle… nor was there any indication that they made any attempt to escape. It was later discovered that the house was built on an ancient Indian burial ground, where they put their criminals and the bodies of their worst enemies. In order to keep their souls from ever finding rest, they were all buried… ‘face down’. To this day, the mystery surrounding the Amityville murders remains unsolved.
9) There really is a rumored virus (Normally known as the K-17 virus, but goes under many other names as well) that was supposedly engineered by the African government to turn average people into modern day vampires. It is not all that different from the AIDS virus, and it affects the brain and white blood cells in the body. It not only causes a physical need for fresh blood, but it creates tumors in the central parts of the brain that turns the need for blood into a paraphilia. Meaning… the host gets sexually aroused by the thought of being covered in or ingesting human blood. It has been written off as a conspiracy theory and not many people believe that such a thing is possible. But… what if? Right?
10) The story, “Gone From Daylight”, is actually a completely restructured version of a story that I came up with when I was 19 years old. Believe it or not, I was seriously ill at the time. One night, I had a fever of nearly 102° F and had to be taken to the doctor to make sure that I didn’t experience any serious damage or stroke. The following morning, while confined to my bed and losing consciousness on and off throughout the day… I had a dream about a group of teenage boys who were vampires, and were forced to live in an abandoned car lot. The original story was called “Midnight’s Child”, and Justin originally had a drug addiction that he couldn’t kick. Taryn bit him to save his life, and their relationship came from showing Justin how to appreciate life and leave the drugs alone. I woke up and wrote down as much about the dream as I could remember, but over the next week, I kept going back to it. I kept dreaming about it. And over time, things changed and morphed and got switched around… and it eventually evolved to the story you see today! So yes, “GFD” came from me being sick and scratching lightly at death’s door! Hehehe! I can remember that dream so vividly, even now! Maybe I should call it a ‘vision’. It sounds cooler that way! 😛
Two years later, as a part of a college assignment, I did a report on director, James Cameron. I was doing research on his earliest experiences, and he said that he was working on a project and was in a jungle environment, where he became seriously ill. While suffering from a severe fever, he had a dream of a skeleton with a knife in its teeth, coming after him and using its hands to drag itself across the floor. An idea that eventually spawned “The Terminator”. So… maybe fever dreams are a good thing. I wouldn’t recommend them though. Hehehe!