If you’re a die hard horror movie fan, you probably know many details about the movies we all know and love, from the names of all the scream queens of yesterday and today to the little known hidden gems. But most people aren’t that invested in the genre. Many casual moviegoers don’t pay attention to the facts that go beyond common knowledge. Here are a few things you may not have known about popular horror movies.
Jason wasn’t the original Friday the 13th killer: Hockey mask wearing Jason Voorhees has become a horror icon. But he wasn’t even the killer in the first film of the series that made him famous. Although the Friday the 13th reboot in 2009 featured Jason going on a killing spree and stumbling upon his signature hockey mask, the 1980 version had his mother, Pamela, slaughtering teenagers. Unfortunately, she did not have Jason’s ability to keep returning; she was killed at the end of the movie and stayed dead.
Silence of the Lambs is a horror movie…but don’t tell the Academy: After the teen slasher craze of the 1980’s, the horror genre took a backseat to dramas and crime thrillers over the next decade. One of the few successful horror movies to be released during this time was the now infamous serial killer movie Silence of the Lambs. The movie won five Oscars and a Golden Globe. Wonder if that would have happened if it hadn’t been billed as a “drama”? Hmmm…
Peter Jackson got his start in horror: He’s now famous for the epic Lord of the Rings trilogy and its upcoming prequel, The Hobbit. But now legendary director Peter Jackson began his career doing over the top, gross out horror. He even met his wife doing post-production for the 1987 film Gross Out; afterwards, he went on to direct zombie comedy Dead Alive in 1992 and ghost story The Frighteners in 1996.
Hattiesburg residents can pick up a copy of Friday the 13th (1980) at the outdoor Redbox at CVS Pharmacy in Laurel. Silence of the Lambs is also available at the Purvis Public Library.