Horrific Listen: Wondery’s Inside Series

You’ve seen the movies, now hear the stories of how these terrifying tales came to life on the big screen and the real horrific stories that influence them.  Introducing Wondery’s Inside Series!

With only three entries in the series so far, these podcast episodes are first person tales that’ll leave listeners intrigued, terrified and just outright spooked!

Inside Psycho

A deep dive into the mysterious and peculiar happenings that occurred during the filming of the legendary film Psycho. Mark Ramsey Media and Wondery create a magical mix of fact and fiction which transports you into the world of Hitchcock. Psycho is among the greatest thrillers in movie history–and it nearly didn’t happen!

 

Inside The Exorcist

In 1973 Hell came home and invaded the body of a young girl. This is the story of a movie and its makers. It’s a tale of dark and light, of loss and love. A story of faith and fury, of causes and curses, of horrors real and imagined, of unbridled ego and brute force filmmaking. It’s the movie critics called “religious pornography” and “occultist claptrap.” The movie that left audiences…hysterical. Decades later, it remains perhaps the most frightening movie we will ever see. From Wondery, this is a seven-part deep dive inspired by the story behind an unforgettable, classic movie. This is…Inside The Exorcist.

Inside Jaws

From the creators of Inside Psycho and Inside the Exorcist comes a new story about a classic movie and its inspirations. A tale of a modest thriller that became an ordeal and then a disaster and then a phenomenon and then a classic. A story of one man, a fresh-faced, inexperienced director who nearly wrecked his promising career and became the most important filmmaker of our era. This is Inside JAWS.

You can listen to these shows for free on Spotify or any podcast app of your choice.

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Just When You Thought It Was Safe To Go Back In The Water… 12 Fun Facts From The Jaws Franchise

In the summer of 1975, the summer blockbuster was born with the arrival of Jaws. 2015 marked the film’s  40th anniversary and continues to be a favorite with fans and critics. If you read my post 5 OF MY FAVORITE SUMMER BLOCKBUSTERS you’ll see why.  Jaws is a film that I always watch throughout the year especially during the summer.  Here are 12 fun facts from the film and its sequel Jaws 2 (I don’t recognize the 3rd and 4th films).

Jaws (1975)

1. Peter Benchley’s Suggestions And Objections
From Wikipedia.org

Peter Benchley’s (the author of the novel that the film is based off) casting choices for the film were Robert Redford, Paul Newman and Steve McQueen. He was also thrown off the set after objecting to the climax of the film.

2. Failed Gun
From the Internet Movie Firearms Database

The gun that actor Roy Scheider uses during the scene where Chief Brody shoots at the shark jammed at least 4 times before the shot worked.

3. BBHMM
From Wikipedia.org

Actor Robert Shaw owed the IRS money and had to flee the country once his scenes were completed.

4. Tension Onscreen And Off
From Hard Ticket to Home Video

If the tension between Hooper and Quint felt as realistic as possible, it was due to the actors not getting along in real life, as they argued all the time.

5. Lots of Slaps
From GramUnion

The actress who played Mrs. Kitchener couldn’t fake a slap so there are 17 takes of her actually hitting Roy Schieder.

6. Spielberg’s Favorite Character
From Giphy.com

When director Steven Spielberg first read the novel, he found himself rooting for the shark because the human characters were so unlikable. After reading the book, I agree with him.

Jaws 2 (1978)

7. Expensive taste
The total cost for the making of the sequel was around $30 million, making it the most expensive film Universal Pictures had ever made at that time.
From Giphy.com
8. Novel cameo
From Wikipedia.org
In one of the boat scenes, a young man is reading Peter Benchley’s novel Jaws.
9. Quick shots
From IMDb
During production of the film, actor Murray Hamilton (Mayor Vaughn) shot his scenes very quickly due to his wife being in failing health.
10. Conflict
From Wikipedia.org

Initially, actor Roy Schieder didn’t want to appear in the film but due to conflicts with the studio about his multi-film contract, he agreed. As a result, the actor was resentful of his involvement and from the beginning of production he clashed frequently with director Jeannot Szwarc.

11. Deleted Scene

One deleted scene from the film revolves around the shark attacking the helicopter. In the scene, when the copter sinks, the shark then attacks the pilot underwater. The sounds of the pilot screaming and the copter being damaged, are the exact same sounds used in the original film when the shark attacks the shark cage and Hooper.

12. The Only One
From Wikipedia.org

Actress Lorraine Gary, who played Ellen Brody in the first film, is the only actor to appear in three of the four films in the Jaws franchise. She does not appear in Jaws 3-D (1983).

And those are the facts folks. Enjoy your weekend!

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5 OF MY FAVORITE SUMMER BLOCKBUSTERS

Originally published a version of this on my Moviepilot page. The site has closed down so enjoy this updated version of my article.

Last week summer arrived in all of its blazing glory and with it the arrival of more summer blockbusters (these type of films begin earlier and earlier each year).  While there are many notable blockbusters that come to mind, here are five of my favorite.

5. The Avengers

This was one of the few movies that I’ve returned to the theater to watch-in fact I visited the movies five more times to see earth’s mightiest heroes kicking Chitari butt. I love the film’s humor, camaraderie of our heroes, the villain Loki, and the action. Scenes such as the Hulk smashing Loki to the ground and the pan around scene showcasing the team as they take on the alien invasion are the most memorable. While some might disagree, The Avengers is way better than its sequel.

4.  Jurassic Park

While I love the sequels-even Jurassic World-they can’t capture everything that made the first film memorable. Every time I view this film, the nostalgia of watching it for the first time always returns. When I see the dinosaurs for the first time alongside Dr. Grant, Dr. Sattler and company, my breath is taken away. Of course according to Dr. Ian Malcolm “…that’s how it always starts. Then later there’s running and um, screaming.”

We get plenty of that, from the T-Rex, and of course the velociraptors who are the stars of the film. From the opening sequence where a park worker is killed, to Dr. Grant scaring a kid, to the disturbing cow feeding, moviegoers were already terrified of them before they were shown.Finally, the animatronics were astounding I mean the T-Rex alone was epic. God bless you Stan Winston Studio.

For more reasons on why I love Jurassic Park and its sequels, check out my previous post 5 Favorite Characters From The Jurassic Park Films.

3.  Terminator 2: Judgement Day

Out of all of the films in this franchise, this one is my favorite and in my opinion it’s the best one. We’ve got well developed characters, two dangerous robots, amazing visual effects for its time, and action; all coming together to make a great story. What I liked about this film was that whether or not  you saw the trailers you didn’t know which of the terminators was the bad guy. I loved the father-son relationship that John had with the Terminator and the film’s ending got me right here-*points to my heart.*

2. Independence Day

“Welcome to earth.”

This is one of my favorite lines from the movie. In addition to great lines, the filml has Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, aliens, action, and destruction all on the Fourth of July? Yes please. It’s tradition in my household to watch this film every July 4th. I’ve watched this movie so much that my VHS copy died (that’s right I still have films on VHS, hey if it still works why upgrade?) and I was forced to buy the DVD.

1. Jaws

I wasn’t born yet when this movie came out back in 1975 but I remember watching reruns of it on the TV and getting nightmares. I would imagine that big ole’ Bruce circling my bed and whenever we would go to the pool in the evenings I had to take a second look back at the deep end despite fully knowing that it was impossible for the shark to be in the pool (The Sharknado franchise disproved that right?). Now as a grownup every time I watch the movie, I cheer for the shark.

The opening scene where the young lady is killed by the shark is terrifying! You don’t see the shark until much later in the film. You get a  sense of Chief Brody’s dread as he watches beach goers play in the water, jumping at every noise because he knows that the shark’s still out there. You listen intently as actor Robert Shaw who plays shark hunter Quint give his monologue where he shares his story of surviving the sinking of the war ship the USS Indianapolis during the War in the Pacific in 1945 only to survive another horror that lurks in the deep blue sea and watch in terror a few scenes later as Quint is killed. I could go on, but it’s for these reasons and more that Jaws is one of my favorite all time films.

Now that I’ve given you five of my favorite all time summer blockbuster films… what are five of yours? Leave your list in the comment section below or on my Facebook page.