Tim Burton’s “Sleepy Hollow” was first released in 1999 and starred Johnny Depp as Ichabod Crane. When he wasn’t investigating things, Depp can be found playing around with a super soaker on set. Continue reading to see eighteen more rare behind-the-scenes pictures from famous horror movies.
18. Hannibal Lector Eating
17. “The Shining” Twins
16. Michael Myers Drinking
15. Pennywise Makeup
14. Grooming The Wolfman
13. Linda Blair’s Robot Double in “The Exorcist”
11. Chuckie’s Wires
9. Frankenstein Tea Time
8. Freddy Krueger Mask
7. Leonardo DiCaprio in “Critters 3”
4. The Fly
3. King Kong vs. Godzilla
2. The Gate
1. Spielberg in Jaws
Bonus Video – Henry Thomas E.T. Audition
5 Interesting E.T. facts:
- E.T. was originally a horror movie. A few years after the huge success of Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Steven Spielberg wanted to revisit the idea of space-faring aliens that visit our world. But his new vision was dark and threatening and reportedly was influenced by a real-life incident in which a farm family in Kentucky claimed they were terrorized by a group of aliens.
- A studio passes on E.T. Less well known is that Columbia Pictures passed on an opportunity to make E.T. The studio was given a look at an early draft of the screenplay, at that point called E.T. and Me; its marketing department determined that it had limited audience appeal and, after spending almost $1 million in development, consigned the property into that black hole Hollywood calls “turnaround.” Spielberg found a warmer reception with Universal, with whom he had a one-picture obligation: in exchange for 5% of net profits (and the studio covering development costs), E.T. became a Universal movie.
- Spielberg, who had worked with a very young actor (Carey Guffey) on Close Encounters of the Third Kind, felt adequately prepared to work with a cast of children. Six-year-old Drew Barrymore, born into the famed Barrymore acting family, was the first of the three to be cast. Spielberg and his casting people had seen hundreds of boys hoping to play the central role of Elliott before he met with Henry Thomas, a shy 10-year-old from Texas. Thomas, a big fan of Raiders of the Lost Ark, arrived at the audition wearing a small bullwhip on his belt.
- One of the realities of big-budget filmmaking that often surprises people unfamiliar with its practices is that shooting schedules do not correspond to the pages in a script: actors may shoot a scene from Page 34 on their first day of production and something from the first few pages on their last day. E.T. was one of the very rare exceptions to this Hollywood practice. It greatly helped that much of the film takes place in Elliott’s home – and that the home’s transformation (being sealed in by government authorities) happens at the end of the movie. Spielberg made this decision to help his young cast. “I insisted on shooting the film in complete continuity,” explained the filmmaker.
- There were a few different E.T.s seen in the movie. Shots that featured the extraterrestrial moving around usually called for a full-size costume, which was worn by one of two dwarfs hired for the movie or, for certain scenes, by Matthew De Meritt, an athletic 12-year-old boy born without legs. Most times, the filmmakers shot an animatronic figure controlled by a team of talented puppeteers – as many as nine at a time – who had to coordinate their moves by looking at a small TV monitor. “E.T. was like any other actor,” recalled Robert MacNaughton in a 2006 interview with Entertainment Weekly.