So many of us like to be afraid. It is probably why we enjoy horror movies so much – they give us that much needed rush without putting us in any real danger. There are a lot of fascinating facts how about horror movies that many of us aren’t aware of but, don’t worry, we’re here to help. We have collected 10 fascinating facts about many of the most popular horror flicks to date, from A Nightmare on Elm Street and The Shining to Scream and The Ring. Much of this is not especially well known, so be prepared to be surprised and a little afraid.

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Michael Myers’ mask was actually a modified Star Trek William Shatner mask that was bought from a costume shop. They spray painted the face white, teased the hair and reshaped the eyeholes to give it a creepy look.

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Texas Chainsaw Massacre was initially called “Head Cheese.”

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The blood used in Night of the Living Dead was actually Bosco’s chocolate syrup.

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Audrey Hepburn was the first actress to be offered the role of Chris MacNeil in The Exorcist. She was living in Italy at the time and she wouldn’t agree to take part in the film unless it was filmed there, so they offered the role to Anne Bancroft and then Jane Fonda. After those two rejected it, only then was it offered to Ellen Burstyn.

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Jennifer Love Hewitt was offered the role of Rachel Keller in “The Ring,” but she rejected it.

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Stanley Kubrick considered both Robert DeNiro and Robin Williams for the role of Jack Torrence in The Shining. Kubrick decided against DeNiro because, after watching Taxi Driver, he didn’t consider him psychotic enough. After watching Mork & Mindy, he decided not to cast Williams because he thought he was too psychotic for the role.

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Real skeletons were used in various scenes in Poltergeist and Poltergeist II. Production made the decision to go with real human skeletons because they were cheaper than the plastic ones. Some believe that the entire franchise has been cursed as a result.

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Drew Barrymore auditioned for the role of Carol Anne in Poltergeist. Steven Spielberg didn’t cast her because she wasn’t angelic enough. Instead he offered her a role in E.T. the Extra Terrestrial.

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Molly Ringwald was offered the role of Sidney Prescott in Scream; however, she turned it down. It then went to Neve Campbell.

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A Nightmare on Elm Street was inspired by a series of articles Wes Craven came across in the L.A. Times about a group of healthy Cambodian refugees who mysteriously died in their sleep. “In the middle of the night they heard these horrendous screams and crashings and they ran in and he’s thrashing on the bed. They ran to him and by the time they got to him he was dead. They did an autopsy on him and there was nothing physically wrong with him. And I just thought: ‘My God,’” Craven said. Researchers believe that the deaths were caused by sudden expected death syndrome (SUNDS), a legitimate medical condition that affects Southeast Asian men between the ages of 20 to 45 who are otherwise healthy.