From “Halloween” To “The Shining,” See Rare Photos From Horror Film Sets

Director Jack Bender films Chucky in a scene for Child's Play 3 in 1991.

Director Jack Bender films Chucky in a scene for Child's Play 3 in 1991.

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For just about every iconic scary movie, there are some stories floating around the internet about what went into making these films unforgettable. Whether it’s Jack Nicholson frantically jumping up and down in preparation for The Shining’s famous ax scene, or how Chucky came to life in 1988 for Child’s Play, audiences love looking behind the Hollywood horror curtain.

In the ’80s, CGI technology was still new and rarely used, so much time and attention to detail went into the handmade creation of horror film characters. For John Landis’s An American Werewolf in London, it took about a week to shoot David Naughton’s notable two-minute werewolf transformation scene. At the 54th Academy Awards in 1982, the film won the first-ever Oscar for Best Makeup, paving the road for Hollywood special effects.

But what about the bloopers and funny moments? There are plenty of those. Take how actor Nick Castle, who portrayed the original Michael Myers in the Halloween films, jokingly posed for an on-set photo and let his character’s mask drink from a can of Dr. Pepper. Regarding his now viral outtake moment, Castle recently tweeted: “44 years ago I pretended to drink Dr. Pepper. I always hated Dr. Pepper. Diet Coke is much better.”

Jack Nicholson (left) and director Stanley Kubrick on the set of The Shining

Jack Nicholson (left) and director Stanley Kubrick on the set of The Shining

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Nick Castle with a can of Dr. Pepper and his Michael Myers/The Shape mask on the set of Halloween in 1978

Nick Castle with a can of Dr. Pepper and his Michael Myers/The Shape mask on the set of Halloween in 1978

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Daniel Kaluuya (left) and Jordan Peele film the game-room scene of Get Out in 2016.

Daniel Kaluuya (left) and Jordan Peele film the game-room scene of Get Out in 2016.

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Alfred Hitchcock (left) and Janet Leigh on the set of Psycho in 1960

Alfred Hitchcock (left) and Janet Leigh on the set of Psycho in 1960

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Linda Blair as Regan, between takes on the set of The Exorcist in 1973

Linda Blair as Regan, between takes on the set of The Exorcist in 1973

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Left: Robert Englund gets his Freddy Krueger makeup applied on the set of Freddy vs. Jason in 2002. Right: Amanda Wyss and director Wes Craven on an upside-down set for A Nightmare on Elm Street in 1984.

Left: Robert Englund gets his Freddy Krueger makeup applied on the set of Freddy vs. Jason in 2002. Right: Amanda Wyss and director Wes Craven on an upside-down set for A Nightmare on Elm Street in 1984.

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Tim Curry in character as Pennywise on the set of It in 1990

Tim Curry in character as Pennywise on the set of It in 1990

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David Naughton in the makeup chair while filming An American Werewolf in London in 1981

David Naughton in the makeup chair while filming An American Werewolf in London in 1981

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Sigourney Weaver (left) and director Ridley Scott on the set of Alien in 1978

Sigourney Weaver (left) and director Ridley Scott on the set of Alien in 1978

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From left: Skeet Ulrich, Neve Campbell, Matthew Lillard, Rose McGowan, and Jamie Kennedy on the set of Scream in 1996

From left: Skeet Ulrich, Neve Campbell, Matthew Lillard, Rose McGowan, and Jamie Kennedy on the set of Scream in 1996

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From left: Director David Cronenberg, Jeff Goldblum, and Geena Davis on the set of The Fly in 1986

From left: Director David Cronenberg, Jeff Goldblum, and Geena Davis on the set of The Fly in 1986

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Anthony Hopkins (left) and director Jonathan Demme on the set of The Silence of the Lambs

Anthony Hopkins (left) and director Jonathan Demme on the set of The Silence of the Lambs

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Mia Farrow relaxes in between scenes on the set of Rosemary’s Baby in 1967.

Mia Farrow relaxes in between scenes on the set of Rosemary’s Baby in 1967.

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