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Son of Horror Trivia

Originally, Godzilla foe King Ghidorah was supposed to have rainbow-colored wings. Although this idea was eventually abandoned, it did make its way into some early publicity pictures.

Back when 8mm horror master Nathan Schiff was shopping around his low budget epics to VHS companies, one wanted to release The Long Island Cannibal Massacre under the name “Cannibal Hookers 2: The Father’s Story.” Naturally, Schiff was less than pleased about the idea and the release never happened.

In 1978, an Italian film company made an unauthorized semi-sequel to the 70’s King Kong remake called Ciao Maschio (known as Bye Bye Monkey in America).

In the 80’s, Atari was developing a video game based on The Entity. I really, really hope it was based on the freeze gun scene and not the film’s most infamous sequence.

Many horror fans are at least somewhat aware that the film Spookies originally started out as a film called Twisted Souls and later had new footage shot in order to replace certain segments. What they might not know is just how wild and crazy the filming process actually was. And that was before another director was called in to finish the film!

Bela Lugosi once did a decidedly odd promotion for a restaurant in California involving fried grasshoppers and other unusual foods.

In certain parts of the US, armadillos are occasionally exhibited in sideshows as “midnight flesh-eating graverobbers!” Presumably this is because they look vaguely like some exotic type of rat, which is allegedly why armadillos were used in scene in the original Dracula. Although I still wonder why that film had insects emerging from small, coffin-like boxes…

As a fan of the 90’s horror comedy Freaked, I was shocked to learn that a novelization, toy line and comic book based on it had been released around the time the film was originally released.

The 1966 film Chamber of Horrors was originally filmed as a made-for-TV movie to act as a pilot for a series called “House of Wax.” However, it got a theatrical release after it was deemed too violent for TV and had its “Fear Flasher” and “Horror Horn” gimmicks added in order to pad out the running time.

Valley of the Dragons was made largely because one of the producers had the right to use stock footage from One Million B.C. and because the other producer’s son found a Jules Verne story that had never been adapted in America. Although the belief that the original story was never published in America was incorrect, the comment that it was anti-semetic was sadly true.

Many prints of The Hideous Sun Demon are missing a scene where the creature crushes a rat to death. Speaking of the Sun Demon, the infamous “wet pants” publicity picture was due to the actor’s sweat trickling down into that portion of the costume and the film was given a comedic redubbing (and some newly filmed material) in the 80’s to create What’s Up, Hideous Sun Demon (aka Revenge of the Sun Demon on most home video releases).

After reading One Thousand and One Nights when he was five years old, H.P. Lovecraft announced to his mother that he wished to be known as “Abdul Alhazred.” Although he later went out of that phase, he did recycle the name as the writer of the fabled Necronomicon. Speaking of which, the book’s fictional translation history is actually an injoke of sorts by Lovecraft.

It Came From Wikipedia III

The novel that inspired the once lost Karloff chiller The Ghoul was later adapted as a British comedy film called What a Carve Up! (aka No Place Like Homicide in the US)!

Speaking of unusual literary adaptations, the Great Old One Ghatanothoa appeared as the last enemy in the final episode of Ultraman Tiga, complete with the petrifying powers displayed in the short story it first appeared in. However, the Lovecraft reference went unnoticed by many American fans, as the distributor used the name “Gatanozoa” (which is the translation of “Ghatanothoa” into Japanese).

The band Coil once produced a soundtrack for the original Hellraiser in the 80’s. Although it was eventually rejected, their work was released as a separate album. On a similar note, here’s the original, unused concept art for Pinhead.

Remember the Zuni fetish doll from the Trilogy of Terror franchise? Well, he made a small cameo in a Nightmares and Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King episode called “Battleground.”

Despite what Shadow of the Vampire would have you think, Nosferatu star Max Schreck was not an actor using a stage name (much less a vampire). The fact that his last name is German for “fright” is just a coincidence.

I don’t know which is weirder, the fact that Strangeland got a comic book prequel series or that The Rage got a comic book prequel series.

Count von Count is even more awesome than previously realized.

Believe it or not, the man who directed Robot Holocaust, Mutant Hunt and Breeders apparently made quite a career for himself directing gay porn films under the name “Joe Gage.”

Rudy Ray Moore once revived the title character of Petey Wheatstraw, the Devil’s Son-In-Law for a song with Blowfly and Daniel Jordan.

Our Twitter friend Losthighway (from the website of the same name) noted that the Wikipedia article for The Wraith says it’s based on true events! As you’ve probably guessed, the actual events didn’t involve a vengeful racing ghost.

The Chill RPG once released a book of adventures “hosted” by Elvira. West End Games took things a step further by releasing a Tales from the Crypt RPG! I imagine that the idea came about after someone joked how such an RPG would have a game master called the “Crypt Keeper” and each one-off adventure would be referred to as a “tale.” Sadly, the game itself didn’t seem to work out as well as that joke would, seeing as how it failed miserably.

Vampire pumpkins and watermelons.
No, seriously.

Finally, here’s a look at the most unfortunately named ghost-themed comic book character…

Mothra Madness

Mothra is actually based on a serialized Japanese novel called The Luminous Fairies and Mothra.

Mothra was supposed to battle the unused monster Bagan in a never-realized 1990 film called Mothra vs Bagan. Elements of that script, along with the similarly never made Godzilla vs Gigamoth, were utilized in the 90’s version of Godzilla vs. Mothra.

Mothra is said to bear a resemblance to an European Peacock Butterfly.

During the DVD commentary for the South Park episode “Mecha-Streisand,” series co-creator Trey Parker revealed that his favorite Japanese monster movie is Mothra.

After finishing Gravity’s Rainbow, author Thomas Pynchon was rumored to have been working on a Mothra novel. However, this turned out to be untrue.

Wikipedia claims that Mothra’s distinctive chirp was created by speeding up Anguirus’ roar. That section also claims that Mothra was never realized by a person in a costume, which is disputed here.

In the movie Pokémon: Giratina and the Sky Warrior, Mothra’s chirp is used to create Giratina’s cry. The film was distributed by Toho (better known as the studio behind the Godzilla movies) in Japan…

In the American dub of The Magic Serpent, Mothra’s chirp is used as the voice of a giant bird. Similarly, the film’s dragon now has Godzilla’s roar and the giant toad uses Rodan’s cry.

The popularity of Mothra among women in Japan prompted Toho to make the 90’s version of Godzilla vs. Mothra.

When Mothra was released in America, the distributor suggested that theaters should display radioactive materials in their lobbies in order to build publicity for the film!

Eagle-eyed daikaiju fans might notice how the eyes of larval Mothra are red in her cinematic debut, yet they turn blue in Godzilla vs. Mothra(aka Godzilla vs. the Thing in America). In fact, they stay that way for the remainder of the old school Godzilla movies).

If you look at official reference guides, Mothra is much larger than Godzilla when she appeared in Mothra and had to be scaled down for her appearances in the Godzilla franchise.