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I have worked with children on horror films/thrillers and, having found no official guidelines from SAG other than payment policies such as Coogan's Law, I have usually employed a number of tactics. Firstly, I'll go over the scene and storyboard very carefully with the child's parents/guardians (although this isn't always constructive as many parents will ...


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A fun example from "The Shining": Because Danny Lloyd was so young and since it was his first acting job, Stanley Kubrick was highly protective of the child. During the shooting of the movie, Lloyd was under the impression that the film he was making was a drama, not a horror movie. He only realized the truth seven years later, when, aged 13, he ...


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The editing, filming techniques, and set attitude can seriously change the perception of what is actually going on. In various horror movie "behind the scenes" (last I can think of is Sam Raimi commentary on Evil Dead), it seems like casts for horror flicks are very upbeat and everybody is having fun. With many horror films it's only once the scenes are ...


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Elm Street is one of the most common street names in the United States. If you exclude numbers (because numbers in a title are strongly connoted to having several in a series, whether it's streets or movies), the most common names are Park, Main, Oak, Pine, Maple, Cedar, Elm. So “Elm Street” has a “generic street” feel to it. In fiction, Elm and Pine have ...


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I've always seen it as just a very generic suburban name. There's a complete difference in tone and setting between (for example) A Nightmare on 5th Ave, A Nightmare in the Bronx, and a nightmare in peaceful suburbia. To my knowledge there's nothing deeper to it, and my guess is that it just helps set the tone.


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That is one of four stories in Twilight Zone: The Movie from 1983. As IMDB plot summary describes: "a young woman on the road gives a ride to a mysterious 10-year-old boy to his house and ends up trapped with other people in an alternate reality created by the boy's imagination."


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This is Tales From the Darkside, the movie. The monster is Tommy Chong's daughter (IRL), I believe. It was 1 of about 3 or 4 stories in the whole thing.


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That sounds like John Carpenter's remake of The Thing, (1982). Scientists in the Antarctic are confronted by a shape-shifting alien that assumes the appearance of the people that it kills. There is a scene like you describe, with a severed head pulling itself along the floor with a long prehensile tongue. You can watch that clip here.


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It sounds like the third segment of Tales from the Darkside: The Movie - A despondent artist named Preston (played by James Remar) witnesses a gruesome murder by a gargoyle-like monster. The monster gets Preston to swear to never speak of what he saw in exchange for a promise to spare his life. After making the promise, Preston meets a beautiful ...


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I have also worked on film sets and I concur with @Nobby. I think a larger point, though, is that situations are generally only “scary” when actors are in character. For example consider Halloween. An adult dressed like a corpse and covered in bruise makeup and fake blood isn't scary to most children if she’s chatting and laughing and walking around as if ...


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The wiki page says that maybe a 1968 student film project made by students of Craven's at Clarkson University inspired the movies. The student film parodied contemporary horror movies, and was filmed along Elm Street in Potsdam, New York. I'm not sure if it's true or not, maybe it was just for the tone, like Stephan Muller said.


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This is definitely the Mist: best ending to a horror movie ever. Tom Jane, who is fantastic in it, insisted the ending not be changed or he wouldn't complete the movie. He was a big supporter of it. It differs dramatically from the original ending of the Stephen King novella, but King was so impressed with how Frank Darabont adapted it he went on record: ...


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Sounds like Prince of Darkness (1987) by John Carpenter. Wikipedia's description matches the details you remember, including the creepy ending: At the end of the film, Marsh has the recurring dream again, except now an apparently possessed Danforth is the figure emerging from the building. Marsh appears to awaken, rolling over to find a gruesomely ...


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The movie you are looking for is called Triangle (2009) starring Melissa George Those are not the bodies of herself but of Sally played by Rachael Carpani.


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Might be The Tommyknockers (1993).     [Source] But instead of Wikipedia I'll quote The 34th Dimension: It’s been a long time since I’ve seen The Tommyknockers, but from what I remember the plot goes like this: blah blah blah, midwestern American town, blah blah blah, alien things show up, blah blah, A GUY PULLS OUT HIS OWN FUCKING TEETH. ...


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Yes and no. Raimi and co wanted to make a film, but felt that going for a comedy wasn't a great idea - and after doing their research at the local drive-in, knew that horror was the way to go. They made a short horror promo, Within the Woods, and the positive reaction they got from this propelled the development and shooting of Evil Dead. Even though they ...


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Having been in the makeup FX biz for a while, I am in a good position to answer this, but I'm going to do so using personal experience and no links to external sites - so you might want to wait for a more comprehensive answer before up voting. Essentially, there are several ways to approach these shots. Let's take a simple stabbing: If the stabbing is ...


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This is a topic of Which there is a huge body of work, circulating different theories of why Children are such a prevalent theme of horror, so its unlikely you will find a single comprehensive answer/theory, but there is one unifying reason that all parties are in agreement upon: Kids are scary, yo. Children are able to operate as Microcosm for social ...


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It sounds like The Cabin In The Woods from Joss Whedon. At some point in the movie the last 2 college students discover the elevator to the store room, where all the monsters are kept.


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It's worth noting that mirrors (and any other reflective material for that matter) are a well-used narrative tool for presenting the duality of characters on screen, whether they are protagonists or antagonists (or, more likely, somewhere in between). As DForck42 has already pointed out, there are many urban legends and stories connected to mirrors as well ...


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It sounds like The Dark, (2005). When Ebrill, who was a sickly child, died, her father gave her to the ocean, sending her to Annwyn. He then convinced his followers to throw themselves into the ocean, claiming that it was the way to Paradise, while he privately hoped that their sacrifice would return Ebrill to him from Annwyn. Ebrill did come ...


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Probably House of Nine. The lead is Kelly Brook. The description you provided matches the plot in the wiki page. Nine strangers have been abducted and locked inside a house. A mysterious voice called The Watcher (voiced by Jim Carter) tells them that they are to play a game: the last person alive can leave the house and win five million dollars. ...


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This is the Dario Argento produced film Demons (1985) about a group of people invited to a free movie screening who are then infected and turn to demons. This starts when one character named Rosemary: scratches her face with a bizarre display mask before they go in to watch the film. The film is a violent, disturbing horror movie which features a ...


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I'm almost certain it comes down to parent permission and what they are comfortable allowing the child to see when working with the directors. Some are naturally more lenient than others while I'm sure some are only allowed on set to film their scenes and they never get to see what they filmed after post-production because of it being too graphic. (The ...


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Ghost stories and mirrors have shared some common ground. Take the Bloody Mary urban legend (turn the lights off and say "Bloody Mary" three times and her ghost will come rip your eyes out). Some mirror urban legends I can't find a good list, but there are a few ghost stories and urban legends tied to mirrors.


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I think you are talking about Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, but this just has a couple moving into a house - not exactly a group of friends. However, the fireplace and the big headed creatures remind me of this. Here is the trailer in which the trolls turn up in the end:


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Your recollection matches a section of the IMDb synopsis for House (1986). There are too many details to quote it all, but it mentions the father seeing his son behind a mirror in a painting, breaking the real mirror, entering "another dimension" where there is water, rescuing his son from monsters and emerging through a swimming pool.


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It's Sinister. I am 100% certain this is what you're looking for!! Sinister is the story of Ellison Oswalt (Ethan Hawke), a true crime writer. The events unfold when he moves into a house where grizzly murders had taken place. He finds a box of home movies which, unknown to him, puts his family in grave danger.


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I think you are referring to The People Under the Stairs, IMDB link also. This started with some kids who enter a house and are then pursued by a deranged brother/sister/man/wife, the brother wearing a creepy gimp outfit, the film played on the actors roles in Twin Peaks at the time if I remember correctly. Links to some images



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