During the filming of The Exorcist, many actors were injured, the set burned down, a priest was brought in many times to bless the set, and the actor who played Burke, Jack MacGowran, died from influenza.
When Alien was first screened to audiences, ushers fainted, people vomited, and some ran screaming from the theater.
In 2005, documentary film makers gave a homeless person $100,000 in cash, and followed him to see what he would do with the money. 6 months later, he was completely broke and back in the same place he was before the windfall.
In 2007, children were shown The Hills Have Eyes 2 instead of The Last Mimzy in a US cinema. The opening scene of The Hills Have Eyes 2 features a chained naked woman giving birth to a deformed baby.
An East Germany film studio made several successful “Westerns”. The heroes were not cowboys but Native Americans.
Arnold Schwarzenegger only spoke 74 words in The Terminator.
The screenwriter of “Cast Away” deliberately stranded himself on an isolated beach for a week, to experience how Tom Hanks’ character would have to search for water, food and shelter. During this time, a volleyball washed up on shore, inspiring the “Wilson” character.
After a test preview for Apollo 13, an audience member said he hated the movie because it had a “typical Hollywood ending” and that the crew should have not survived.
Animal Planet aired a fake documentary about mermaids that was so convincing, NOAA had to refute the existence of mermaids on their website.
The best selling DVD of all time is Finding Nemo.