With this movie, Oliver Stone became the first Vietnam Veteran to direct a major motion picture about the Vietnam War. He was already the first Vietnam veteran to win an Oscar for Midnight Express◆Stone (who was an Army combat infantryman in Vietnam) wrote the scrpit to counter the false depiction of war he had seen in John Wayne's The Green Berets◆Stone sent the script to Jim Morrison (lead singer of The Doors) in hopes that he would play Chris (Charlie Sheen's role). Morrison had the script when he was found dead in Paris. Val Kilmer auditioned to be in the film. Stone eventually directed Val in The Doors, a film based on Jim Morrison's life◆The scene where Chris saves a Vietnamese girl from being raped is based on an incident in which Oliver Stone intervened on an assault happening to a villager in Vietnam●The final battle in the movie was a recreation of an actual event that was witnessed by technical advisor Dale Dye◆The cast and crew arrived in the Philippines in early 1986 at the beginning of the Edsa Revolution that toppled Ferdinand Marcos. Willem Dafoe said that a day or two after he arrived in Manila, he awoke to see a column of tanks rolling down the streets◆The dog tags which make up the double O's in the poster for the film are those of Willem Dafoe's character Sgt. Elias Grodin◆During filming, Willem Dafoe got thirsty and drank water from a river, not knowing that a dead pig was not far upstream. He was delusional for 24 hours
Screenwriter, Beverley Cross said he had the idea for Clash of the Titans in 1969 while he was living in Greece on an island called Skiathos- which is very close to Seriphos, the island where legend has it that Perseus was washed ashore in a trunk◆Cross was a student of mythology. He developed a storyline centering on Perseus, and Andromeda which linked together a number of myths. He took the idea to the producers. The story was then modified to add more creatures◆Many of the cast were stage, and screen actors notable for performing in William Shakespeare plays. Actress Maggie Smith (who plays Thetis) was married to Beverley Cross in real life●
It was Maggie's friendship with Laurence Olivier that enabled her to convince Laurence to join the cast. Olivier was so sick during production, he would often go, and lean on his co-star Pat Roach saying "Let me draw some of your strength, dear boy".
Pat played Hephaestus◆Initially, Calibos had no dialogue and was just a stop motion character. After a rewrite-dialogue was added and the role was given to Neil McCarthy. McCarthy only played Calibos in head shots and half-body shots. All full body shots were stop-motion◆Despite the film being notable for its stop-motion special effects, the picture was not Oscar nominated for either Make-up or Visual Effects◆Bubo, the mechanical owl of Athena made a cameo appearance in the 2010 remake. Despite the similarities to R2-D2, stop motion visual effects artist Ray Harryhausen
claimed that Bubo was created before Star Wars was released
What Dreams May Come is a 1978 novel by Richard Matheson. The title is derived from William Shakespeare's "Hamlet" (Act 3, Scene 1): "To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there's the rub; for in that sleep of death what dreams may come when we have shuffled off this mortal coil must give us pause"◆When Chris (Robin Williams) goes to the city in Heaven where people are flying, watch for (Wendy, Michael, and John) from Peter Pan, and Mary Poppins among the people who are flying. Robin Williams previously played Peter Pan in the film Hook. Director, Vincent Ward also put his mother amongst the people flying around in the great library◆The "Hell" scenes were shot at the Alameda Naval Air Station in an indoor swimming pool surrounded by blue screen◆During the scene in which Annie (Annabella Sciorra) is seen alive, sitting on a bed writing in her journal, there is a triptych by painter Hieronymus Bosch on the wall behind her. The painting, called The Garden of Earthly Delights features three panels. The first being Bosch's interpretation of Heaven, the second Earth, and the last Hell◆German director, producer, screenwriter, author, actor and opera director Werner Herzog is the face with the glasses when Chris walks across the field of Faces of the Damned◆This film was one of a small number of films shot on Fuji Velvia film stock. Velvia is a type of film used most frequently for still photography of landscapes and other subjects because of its very high color saturation. It is only rarely employed for cinematography, usually when special effects are required●
The film won the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects and the Art Directors Guild Award for Excellence in Production Design
Blanche, the prostitute that James Stamphill (Christian Slater) brings to visit Henri Young (Kevin Bacon) in prison is played by Kyra @kikkosedg Sedgwick who is Bacon's real-life wife◆While filming the courtroom scenes, the location was hit by the 6.7 Northridge, California, earthquake. Bacon was handcuffed to a large table & he took refuge underneath while an enormous crystal chandelier swung overhead. The warehouse studio was later condemned●In real life, Henri was defended by several lawyers. In the film it is only by James Stamphill who is a composite character. For example, when Henri tried to escape Alcatraz in real life, one of his accomplices was named Dale Stamphill. Stampill is the last name as Christian Slater's character◆The film made numerous changes to the actual historical events. The real Henri was not convicted of stealing $5 to save his sister from destitution. He was a hardened bank robber who had taken and brutalized a hostage on at least one occasion, and committed murder in 1933◆Many of the ideas in the movie were taken from newspaper articles of the trials, including the end scene where the jury only convicts Henri of manslaughter, and requests that Alcatraz be investigated◆The warden, James Humson, played by Stefan Gierasch is based on Warden James A. Johnston, who served as warden of Alcatraz from 1934 to 1948. He did not (as depicted in the film) serve as warden for all three prisons simultaneously. This would have been impossible, because Alcatraz was a federal prison, and San Quentin and Folsom are both state prisons.
***Indian Horror - A Confession***
Japan has its school girls, technology and isolation. America has its bloody history and Christianity. And India mines its horror stories, plots and other motifs from its subjugation of women.
In each country there are certain horror motifs that are popular. And it can be theorized that the popularity of these motifs and the fear/interest they induce in the general population can be explained through the 'supernatural explanation' provided in the movies themselves. The familiar trope of an Indian woman who gets raped and murdered and comes back as a vengeful/crazed ghost points towards a narrative that the Indian population has tacitly agreed upon. The narrative of how India has treated its women for centuries. To add to this the hollow deification of women in real life accentuates the cinematic image of a female Indian ghost. Lastly, there is the prevalent fear of female sexuality and the overt objectification (more than usual) of female characters in horror films.
To contrast this with the films where the supernatural being is 'male', the character's motivations are completely different. They are not seeking revenge, rather they have their own machinations and desires. A plan that they are working towards. And the horrific plot is just a way for them to reach their goal. On the other hand, a female ghost is out for vengeance, to right the wrongs done to her.
We have the pieces of this puzzle. We can feel them. But putting them together would be an exercise in more gender and film research. We invite you to surely give us your thoughts on this topic. What do you think about horror films as a societal confession? Is that a valid way of looking at them?