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Before The Big Screen: 5 Horror Shorts That Turned Into Features

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As a young producer, producing short films is a great way to get noticed. For horror producers, it’s more about getting the product out than making a buck. Few times, though, these ideas lead to major success. These short films, which you can watch now, got the Hollywood treatment.

Saw 0.5

Before Saw became a global phenomenon, it was a short film released in 2003. Often referred to as Saw 0.5, the 10-minute film, which cost $5,000 to make, was created to pitch the film to studios. Luckily, Lionsgate Films saw a huge opportunity and gave James Wan and Leigh Whannell a shot. This short is included in the Saw: Uncut Edition DVD release.

Lionsgate

Within The Woods

In 1978, director Sam Raimi got together with his friends to create Within The Woods. With a $1,600 budget, the film was aired locally before a midnight screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Due to the positive response, Raimi decided to make a larger scale version of the film called The Evil Dead.

New Line Cinema

Frankenweenie

In 1984, Tim Burton unveiled his short film Frankenweenie. Unfortunately, Disney wasn’t too pleased about its million dollar budget. They fired Burton soon after its release. Nearly 30 years after its release, Burton and Disney joined forces for a remake of the short. The original was included in the DVD release of The Nightmare Before Christmas.

Disney

Seasons Greetings

2007’s Trick ‘R Treat became a cult classic upon its release. In 1996, director Michael Dougherty set the tone with the animated short Season’s Greetings. The short features Sam and his hunt for Halloween candy. The four-minute short is included in the DVD release of Trick ‘R Treat. 

Warner Bros. Pictures

Mama

Back in 2008, Argentine director Andy Muschietti unveiled his supernatural short film Mama. Guillermo del Toro saw the film and decided to aid Muschietti in revamping it for the big screen. 2013’s version of Mama gained critical acclaim and helped Muschietti land the director gig for the It remake.

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Neverland Ranch is Back On The Market: Take A Look Around the Amusement Park

Situated in the Santa Ynez Valley of Santa Monica, California, the almost 3,000 acre plot of land upon which Neverland Ranch was constructed has recently been placed back on the market. Nowadays, the one-time residence of international pop sensation Michael Jackson is going by a new name: Sycamore Valley Ranch. Much of the estate is as it was during the 15 years Jackson called it his home, except for a few glaring differences – namely, the removal of the fun-fair rides that gave the home its whimsical name Neverland Ranch. The very last vestiges of where the carousel once spun are still visible as you go through the grounds. Read on for an in-depth view of the ranch.

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Jim Henson’s ‘The Storyteller’ Set To Return Thanks To Neil Gaiman

As the creator of The Muppets, Jim Henson provided children with countless memories for generations. It's almost impossible to find one person that wasn't enamored with his colorful characters. One author is looking to revive one of his most beloved programs for the small screen. It's Story Time Neil Gaiman has unveiled plans to revive Henson's The Storyteller. For Gaiman,...

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Famous People In History Whose Identities Remain Unknown

The world is a massive place, and despite the connectivity of the world nowadays some things remain a mystery. Legends have been built up around people we have never learned a thing about except the actions that got them noticed, leaving speculation about their true identity. The following people in particular have caught the interest of several generations. The Max...

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