Scenes from Famous Horror Movies That Were Completely Improvised

The majority of entries on this list involve human ingenuity: comedians who are quick on their feet, quick-witted, and gifted with creativity. It’s a story of human error. As depicted in the very long (and very good) making-of documentary ‘Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy’, the scene in Wes Craven’s ‘Nightmare on Elm Street’ where a drowsy Glen Lantz (Johnny Depp) is sucked by her the bed didn’t turn out exactly as expected.

In the scene, a geyser of blood emerges from the bed after “consuming” the teenager. And just when you think “yeah, okay, I can get behind this”, gravity stops working. Pooling on the ceiling, blood begins to flow from wall to wall like a crimson tide. It’s an eerie scene that perfectly captures Freddy’s nightmarish logic.

But filming the scene was a nightmare in itself. The footage was shot in a rotating room that was overturned. The mission was simple: pour fake blood into a hole and film it. The first problem was that they poured the red liquid on a lamp, which electrocuted a crew member. As if that weren’t enough, the now electrified blood sent the coin rolling along its length. As Craven recalls in the documentary, the water “came into all the lights and there were these huge flashes in the dark…we were spinning in the dark with all these sparks.” All told, no one was seriously hurt, and the filmmakers ended up with a more trippy sequence than they had anticipated. So we count that as a win.

Andrea G. Henderson