#7. Michael Myers’ Mask Was Just A Captain Kirk Mask Painted White – Halloween.
Halloween is considered to be a defining work of the horror genre. Aside from its brilliant construction, eerie musical score, and iconic opening sequence, it’s Michael Myers (and his spooky mask) that makes the movie what it is: terrifying. So how did they come up with the mask? Surely it took a ton of time and heaps of effort to craft something so iconic?
Not really! Believe it or not, but Myer’s mask is actually just a Star Trek Captain Kirk mask painted white. That’s it. Tommy Lee Wallace, Halloween’s production designer, had an incredibly small budget to work with, so he went and picked up the mask for $1.98. So the reason that Halloween is probably so scary, then? It’s actually the spirit of William Shatner pursuing Jamie Lee Curtis around the house. Argh!
#6. Alfred Hitchcock Refused To Ever Meet With Steven Spielberg Because He Felt Like A “Whore”.
Alfred Hitchcock was one of Steven Spielberg’s greatest idols – so much so, in fact, that you can feel a clear Hitchockian prescene running through the entirety of his 1975 masterpiece Jaws. After the success of the movie, Spielberg decided that he might finally be able to meet with his hero, and spent days lingering around the set of Hitch’s latest movie, Family Plot. What happened? Hitchcock asked that the lingering man be removed. When Hitch was told that it was Steven Spielberg, and that he just wanted to spend 5 minutes in the master’s company, Hitchcock said that he knew who it was, and that’s exactly why he didn’t want to meet him. Why? Because Hitch felt like a “whore,” having agreed to provide to voiceover for the Jaws ride (for which he was paid $1,000,000). ” I can’t sit down and talk to the boy who did the fish movie,” he said. “I couldn’t even touch his hand.”
#5. There’s A Potato & A Shoe In The Asteroid Field – Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back.
Being a production designer on any movie gives you a unique window of opportunity afforded to very few. That’s to say, you’re one of the people who might attempt sneak things into the movie that only you and your fellow co-workers know about. And that’s precisely what happened during the making of Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back, where the guys working on the asteroid field sequence decided to include a potato and a shoe.
Seriously. It’s extremely difficult to see properly, but you catch a glimpse of both of these objects soaring past the Millenium Falcon as it tries to avoid a flurry of asteroids. George Lucas himself didn’t even know about these hilarious inclusions until years after the movie was released in theatres, and people came out and told him.