It might be just make-believe, but shooting a horror film can still take its toll on those involved. Indeed, a whole host of actors and actresses – including big names such as Janet Leigh and Shelley Duvall – have suffered some form of trauma after signing up to appear in a scary movie. Here’s a look at 20 particularly chilling cases featuring some of the most iconic terror flicks ever made.
20. Marilyn Burns (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre)
It’s widely held to be one of the most terrifying horror movies of all time. And The Texas Chainsaw Massacre also put its leading lady through her paces, too. In the famous dinner scene, Marilyn Burns had to endure constant blows to the skull with a fake yet still-heavy sledgehammer. She was also required to shriek for hours and hours.
Burns also had to endure the smell of both Leatherface’s costume and food which had long since passed its sell-by date. She later revealed to website Terror Trap, “Afterwards, I was just so grateful it was over. I probably was the happiest girl alive.” And yet she still returned to the franchise on two separate occasions.