12 Horror Movie Scenes That Scared Actors In Real Life

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 12 Horror Movie Scenes That Scared Actors In Real Life


There is plenty that director Ridley Scott could replicate in his 1979 horror classic “Alien,” like the isolation of deep space or the unsettling biomechanical aesthetics of artist H.R. Giger. But one thing he couldn’t conjure up was authentic fear in his actors. So, for the film’s most shocking scene, in which one of the Nostromo’s crewmembers “births” an alien creature out of his chest at the dining table, he fomented the reaction he wanted by simply not telling his cast what was going to go down. 



In the book “Cinema Alchemist,” “Alien” art director Roger Christian details how, while the rest of the cast were kept away from the set, Scott had the crew lay actor John Hurt (who plays executive officer Thomas Kane in the film) under a dummy body placed on the table, with only his head and arms exposed. Underneath, the special effects crew worked a blood pump and an alien puppet head. Armed with no other knowledge than a script note that something “emerges” during the scene, Sigourney Weaver, Yaphet Kotto, Veronica Cartwright, Tom Skerritt, Harry Dean Stanton, and Ian Holm react with intense authenticity as a baby Xenomorph tears through Kane’s chest cavity, spurting theatrical blood across Cartwright’s face. Famously, the actor recoiled and passed out from the shock of the gag. She recovered and finished the scene, but she and her fellow actors’ stunned faces will live forever on the big screen as a testament to the power of a well-executed scare. (Anya Stanley)





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