As soon as you start learning about how things work behind the scenes, the magic can really get lost when reviewing a film. Horror movies terrify and gross us out by using realistic looking guts. But the truth is, most of it is just red sticky goo. Action movies thrill us with their high stakes stunts, but the reality is, there’s really nothing at stake and a lot of the actors are hooked up to wires supporting them.
The truth is, you probably wouldn’t be able to enjoy most movies if you knew every single detail behind them. As soon as you learn the technicalities of how to shoot, edit, and overall plan movies, it’d be hard to ever fully enjoy the experience of movie watching as you know it. But the reality is, we can’t take not knowing! There’s a lot of footage and extra bonus scenes taken during the time that a movie is being filmed. It takes years to film a movie, so of course there is going to be plenty of extra deleted footage that we never got a chance to see.
Unfortunately, many movies we see live on in our memories, forever frozen the way that we saw them the first time. It only takes a peek behind the scenes to ruin the magical image of a movie you have in your brain forever. So if you’re willing to do so, click through to see 15 behind the scenes pictures that almost ruin the magic of movies!
15. Jurassic Park
Jurassic Park will always be known as one of the greatest films of all time. The franchise has allowed us to live in a world where dinosaurs exist for four entire movies. It has also given some of us a small glimmer of hope that perhaps one day we actually will be able to live among dinosaurs once again. But when we see a picture like this, it’s a reminder of just how unrealistic and full of fantasy these ideas are. There’s nothing to suggest that that’s actually a fake dinosaur, as the creation of the creatures was remarkable for the time of the film. But it does remind us that, in any one of those suspenseful, gut-wrenching, scenes of man vs. dinosaur, there’s actually probably a crew of about 20 or so people behind one tiny camera recording it all. But if we crop the picture, it’s still the same. Right???
14. The Shining
The Shining is and always will be one of the scariest movies of all time. The thematic elements that line this incredible movie are from several different realms of reality. Is this horror all inside Jack’s brain? Is this hotel actually haunted? These are the questions we’re left with for the time we take to reflect upon such an outstanding piece of film. But as soon as you see a picture like this, those questions exit the brain and are replaced with the reminder that it’s really all just a movie. It’s actually a little bit more terrifying too, to know that those two little girls were real little girls that existed at the time. Could you imagine being on set and walking around while the twins skipped through? It’s just a reminder of all the trauma that the actors really had to go through while shooting in order to create such an incredible movie.
13. Nightmare On Elm Street
The Nightmare On Elm Street was a movie that made us terrified to fall asleep. Freddy Krueger haunted our dreams as well as our reality from the moment we watched the horror movie for the very first time. When you have an evil villain like Freddy Krueger, their indestructibility is one thing that makes them ultra-terrifying. But when you see a picture like this, you’re reminded that they’re not really villains at all, and just part of the cast. We probably actually could have used this picture in our childhood when we were crying so hard from fear we couldn’t fall asleep. It’s good to see all of the characters alive and well while smiling with the very person who tried to execute them all. Even though this picture takes some of the magic of the movie away, photos like these still help ease our fears.
Jaws is a movie that has made us capable of being terrified of sharks in open waters even to this very day in our adult lives. There was something in particular about the Great White that truly made us terrified of something we really weren’t all that scared of before. Well, you’ll be pleased to know, then, that no actor sharks were used to play the role of this sharp-toothed villain. Instead, they created a huge animatronic shark that was capable of causing nightmares for little kids and adults alike for years to come. But seeing a picture like this is definitely capable of ruining the movie for us. Now every time we go back to watch, we’ll be too busy looking for signs that the shark is a robot instead of just enjoying the film. But hey, at least we’ll be able to swim easier in the ocean, right?
11. The Wizard Of Oz
The Wizard of Oz is known as being one of the most iconic movies of all time. This picture looks like a normal behind the scenes photo, but it’s still extremely off-putting to see this movie in this scenario. It always felt like more of a low budget film because compared to today’s special effects, those were lacking immensely. But you can see that this, indeed, was a very expensive and difficult film to make at the time, with a production costing over $2 million. It’s also very strange to picture Dorothy in a fantasy world half the time and rural Kansas the other half, all while large groups of men were behind the camera- every single one of them sporting fancy clothes and fedoras. Behind the scenes pictures are a much different setting nowadays. It’s also interesting to see such a large camera and jib during a period that wasn’t too long after the first camera was actually invented.
10. Kill Bill Volume I
The Kill Bill franchise is one of the most exciting one to come from Quentin Tarantino. We got a chance to see an amazing action movie starring a tough female lead. The movie was full of amazing stunts and effects to give it an overall realistic action feel, even though we knew that the content matter was completely impossible. So, even though we know there’s no one who probably exists that’s capable of killing as many people as Uma Thurman did, it still crushes us just a bit to see a picture of this. Not only does it take away the suspense and action within the movie, but it also gives us a closer look into the special effects. Once you start realizing how fake looking her brain cap is, the entire rest of the movie starts to develop a feeling of cheesiness throughout. But hey, no one said we had to look at this picture!
It is one of Stephen King’s masterpieces. We really didn’t develop a huge fear of clowns until people started mimicking stories like this one. Nowadays, clowns are scarier than they’ve ever been, what with all the recent clown sightings around towns at night. But a picture like this is sometimes necessary to see. Here we have the terrifying killer clown just relaxing during a break between scenes. If you think about it, it’s actually a little sad. During breaks on set, you’d hope people would gather around and have fun while talking about the amazing movie they’re currently making. Instead, he sits all alone pondering his thoughts. Instead of running from him, we actually kind of want to go sit down next to him and make sure he’s OK. That is until the camera starts rolling again. Next time you get scared of a clown like this, remember, clowns get lonely too.
8. Marie Antoinette
Marie Antoinette was a biopic film about the real Marie Antoinette’s reign. If you’re not familiar with history, her reign took place around the time of the French Revolution in the 1700’s. At this point in time, cameras weren’t even invented yet and wouldn’t be for almost 200 years. The only way to keep a scene as a memory for eternity was by painting it, which, if you’ve ever had your portrait painted- well, you know it takes hours. So when we see a picture like this, we can’t help but be taken out of the moment of the movie. The hardest part of seeing pictures like this is going back to the movie and trying not to imagine all of the crazy equipment the crew is working with while these people try their best to make us believe they’re in the 1700’s.
Ghostbusters was a movie that took a paranormal subject, something normally used to scare and terrify us, and turned it into something that was pretty comical. But even some adults who watched the film still found themselves being a little scared from time to time. While the marshmallow man definitely wasn’t a scary aspect, it was still interesting to see how they pulled off a “giant-sized” man walking through the city. But then you see a picture like this and realize it wasn’t that hard after all. With the right equipment, dedication, and theatrical talent, you’d probably be capable of pulling off this stunt scene off in the living room of your apartment. Even though the picture takes some of the mystery of the movie away, it still reminds us that directors of all kinds are able to pull off some incredible stuff behind the scenes of our favorite movies.
Alien is a remarkable movie for countless reasons. The production is flawless, the acting is impeccable, and it has a way of combining horror and sci-fi to satisfy all of our needs. But the best part of all? The actual alien! The thing is pretty terrifying, especially because we never actually get a full-on shot of the creature. And the actors in it are all educated people who still find shock and terror within the unknown. So seeing a picture like this really throws us out of the movie. Of course, we know that it’s all make-believe when watching, but you can’t deny that, deep down, there’s always a part of your brain that wonders which elements are real and fake. But the undeniable truth is that alien is just a guy in a suit who likes to hang out with the cast in between breaks.
5. Harry Potter
The reason that Harry Potter has become such a massive franchise is because of our ability to picture ourselves in the world. And guess what? There now is a world that we can actually visit! We have the ability to read the books and create our own fantasy, watch the movie and see that dream imagined, and now we actually get to walk in the world of Harry Potter. But after all that potential to truly live in a fantasy, a picture like this can almost take it all away. Voldemort and Dumbledore are enemies (as well as Harry and Bellatrix). So a picture of all of them together being all friendly can really mess with our emotions- in several different ways. Now, when we go back to watch the movies, we can’t help but wonder how much fun they all have together when the camera isn’t rolling.
4. Silence Of The Lambs
Hannibal Lector is one of the most terrifying characters ever to grace our screens, and he wasn’t even the main villain! The scary part of him was how restrained he had to be at all times. We never got to see him in action within The Silence of the Lambs; we just knew of his evil by how seriously everyone kept a close eye on him and that he was a force to be reckoned with. That is why, seeing a picture of him like this, even while restrained, is really off-putting. Hannibal isn’t supposed to have fun OR eat French fries, he’s supposed to be paying for his crimes while being punished. But in all honesty, it’s just a reminder that these actors are like us. I know the first thing we’d do if we had a mask over our face is see if we could still eat with it on.
3. Star Wars
If you’re a true fan of Star Wars, then you know that R2-D2 was played by the actor Kenny Baker. Especially because, unfortunately, our beloved droid operator recently left this world. RIP Kenny. But for some, seeing is believing. In fact, some of us, not saying who, spent part of our lives thinking that Kenny Baker was just the remote-control operator for the droid and also voiced some of his noises. But a picture like this really just shows that there was no actual droid like R2, and Kenny himself was just wearing a complex robot “suit!” That is, until the prequel trilogy, when they actually did use radio controlled props for the role. And R2-D2’s vocal and sound effects were actually produced by Ben Burtt and not Kenny. So the truth is, R2-D2 is not real and is actually a few different guys either inside or outside the suit controlling it. But let’s not think about that…
This is one the of hardest horror movie villain pictures to see on the list. Michael Myers is supposed to be a freaky villain whose face we never really get a glimpse at. But then when you see this, you realize that he’s just a normal dude under the mask most of the movie. Not only that, but apparently he’s a comedian too. Isn’t it cute? Not really- it’s a little disappointing to be honest. The scariest element that horror movies have is to contain an element of mystery. What does the guy under the mask really look like? Is he deformed, does he have a face, is it human? Well, as we can see here, it is, and it goes by the name of Nick Castle. He played the role of Michael Myers all these years. While a quick google search could tell us that, we still didn’t need to see it!
If you’re looking for a good cry, Titanic is always a sure-fire movie to turn on. This tragic love story lives on in our hearts forever. The young romance Kate and Leo shared for each other through all the tragedy was inspiring, emotional, and heart wrenching. If only Leo had been able to share the floating door with Rose, the two would have been able to live on together in each other’s hearts. But instead, he sacrificed himself to give Rose a chance at life. In reality, he could’ve just stood up and walked off set, as you can see in this picture. Obviously, we have to figure out at some point that the actors weren’t actually shooting in the freezing cold water, but seeing this picture really takes us out of the whole magic of the movie. It’s just another reminder, however, that these are really talented creators as well as actors, as they’re able to convince us all of magic.