Did you know: On the set of Elvira: Mistress of the Dark, Cassandra put her life on the line multiple times during different fire sequences: “My wig would’ve gone up with all that hair spray like a bomb, so I was covered from head to toe in flame retardant, which they failed to tell me made you itch like mad.”
This is just one of our favorite reveals in the documentary – here’s a few more:
• Cassandra Peterson (Actor – Elvira Mistress of the Dark) introduces her favorite ‘80s horror films from each year, including the film that sparked her future fascination with horror.
• John Carpenter (Director – The Fog, The Thing, They Live, Prince of Darkness) describes how his dislike of the “greed is good” ethos of the ‘80s motivated him to create They Live, and how The Thing’s initial critical and financial failure led to him losing the director spot on Stephen King’s Firestarter.
• Doug Bradley (Actor – Hellraiser Franchise) reveals insights into the shaping of his own iconic character, Pinhead, which he helped to shape alongside his former school chum Clive Barker. He declares, “Pinhead is a horror monster who would be perfectly at home at a garden party with Noel Coward and Oscar Wilde trading epithets.”
• Tom Atkins (Actor – The Fog, Halloween III, Night of the Creeps) reveals that director George A. Romero offered him any role he wanted in the horror anthology Creepshow. Despite this, he didn’t get his first choice. Find out what role he originally chose and how his second choice ended up making Stephen King very nervous.
• Heather Langenkamp (Actor - A Nightmare on Elm Street) details the “crazy day” on the Elm Street set filming her iconic bathtub scene with Freddy’s glove, plus the film that made her swear off watching horror.
• Keith David (Actor - The Thing, They Live) recalls the two-week prep and cinematic inspirations for his epic fight with Roddy Piper in They Live.
• Joe Dante (Director - The Howling, Gremlins) explains how Gremlins was originally a much darker film and why they scrapped the plan for the beloved Gizmo to become the evil Gremlin, Stripe.
• Barbara Crampton (Actor - Re-Animator, From Beyond) on cocaine-fuelled filmmaking and the use of nudity and violence to sell horror.
• Caroline Williams (Actor - Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2) on having to do the “chainsaw dance” with no training and a live chainsaw, and that pivotal moment with Leatherface’s chainsaw between her legs.
• Greg Nicotero (SFX - Creepshow, Day of the Dead) pulls back the curtain on some of the era’s greatest SFX shots, including the use of rancid pig intestines on the Day of the Dead set.
• Jeffrey Combs (Actor - Re-Animator, From Beyond) on crossing the line of excess in horror and how he studied dead bodies in the morgue to prep for Re-Animator.