1. The hands which pull the flesh off of the investigator’s face were actually Steven Spielberg’s.
2. Heather O'Rourke, who played Carol Anne Freeling, died of intestinal stenosis six years after the film was released. Dominique Dunne, who played the teenage daughter, was strangled by her boyfriend and died in 1982 … the same year as the film’s release. Many believe there is a curse associated with the film.
3. Drew Barrymore was up for the role of Carol Anne, but Spielberg wanted someone more “angelic.” However, her audition for the role did land her the starring part in “E.T. the Extra Terrestrial.”
4. Both the clown and the tree outside the window that scared Robbie Freeling in the flick came from Steven Spielberg’s real-life childhood fears.
5. The swirling flashing lights that shot out from the closet during the ending rescue scene were actually created using an aquarium full of water in front of a spotlight.
5 Fun Facts About: Interview With A Vampire (Toofab.com)
1. Johnny Depp was reportedly offered the part of Lestat, but Tom Cruise ended up playing him. Tom prepared for the role by watching videos of lions attacking zebras.
2. A private set and tunnels were built to escort the actors to and from set so that they were able to keep the vampire’s makeup a secret.
3. Tom Cruise spent three hours each day in makeup. In order to create the “veiny” look, the actors hung upside down for 30 minutes until blood rushed to their heads, and make-up artists would trace the veins on their faces.
4. Christina Ricci, Julia Stiles and Evan Rachel Wood auditioned for the role of Claudia but it ultimately went to Kirsten Dunst.
5. River Phoenix was originally supposed to play the role of Daniel, but passed away four weeks before filming began. Christian Slater stepped in, and donated his salary to two of River’s charities.
1. Leigh Whannell not only wrote the first film, but starred as Adam (above right), the photographer locked in a bathroom with Dr. Lawrence Gordon (Cary Elwes, above left). Whannell went on to produce the following six films.
2. To escape from the reverse bear trap, Amanda (Shawnee Smith) has to stab and dig through the stomach of her cellmate to find the key. His “guts” are actually a pig’s uterus.
3. When Adam begins to smash Zep (Michael Emerson) with the toilet lid, he is actually hitting a garbage bag full of fake blood.
4. The only dummy used in the movie was the burnt corpse of Mark Wilson (Paul Gutrecht), who died while trying to save himself from a slow-acting poison in his body. All the other “corpses” were played by actors.
5. While most victims in popular horror films are female, everyone killed in “Saw” is a man. Equal rights!
1. On-screen housemates Shaun (Simon Pegg) and Ed (Nick Frost) lived together in real life. Their relationship in the film is based on their friendship. They would go on to star in “Hot Fuzz” and “The World’s End” together.
2. Peter Serafinowicz, who played Shaun and Ed’s housemate Pete, voiced Darth Maul in “Star Wars I: The Phantom Menace.”
3. Coldplay’s Chris Martin and Jonny Buckland appear as zombies in the film (you can clearly see Chris on the left HERE). Chris sang a cover of Ash’s “Everybody’s Happy Nowadays” for the soundtrack.
4. All of the zombie extras were paid one pound a day, an homage to George A. Romero paying his extras one dollar a day for “Day of the Dead” and “Dawn of the Dead.”
5. “Shaun of the Dead’ and the similarly named "Dawn of the Dead” were to be released the same weekend in the United Kingdom, but “Shaun” ended up getting pushed two weeks back to avoid confusion and competition.