Minnesota’s Most Popular Horror Movie Villain
It's the Halloween season... and there was a survey done that showed who the most popular or the scariest horror movie villain is in every state. Minnesota, along with 4 other states came in with Hannibal Lecter from the Silence of the Lambs movie. Yes, I think he's super creepy. But I would have gone with Jack Torrance from The Shining. Mostly because he is a guy that was seemingly normal, and just basically goes nuts. And for that reason, I also think that The Shining is one of the scariest, if the THE scariest movies ever!
If you would like to know who the most popular villain is around the country that would be Jack Torrance. Yep, obviously they didn't ask me... I'm in total agreement with that one. 10 states came in with that result.
The other states came in this way... Pennywise from IT came in with 8 states, Chucky from Child's Play - 6, Frankenstein's Monster- 6, Leatherface from Texas Chainsaw Massacre- 4, Alien (really??)- 3, Carrie- 2, Ghostface from Scream- 2, Norman Bates from Psycho- 2, Dracula- 2 and finally Freddy Krueger from Nightmare on Elm Street- 1. I'm surprised that neither Michael Myers from Halloween or Jason Voorhees from Friday the 13th made the list in any state??
Here are some other facts about those horror movies:
- In Psycho, the all-strings musical score that saw the death of Marion Crane is aptly named “Screaming Violins.”
- While the original It, Carrie, and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre came out pre-2000, all have been remade in the last decade.
- Halloween is set in Illinois, but the real Haddonfield is in New Jersey, where producer Debra Hill is from.
- It’s been almost six decades since Alfred Hitchcock’s infamous movie Psycho came out. Back then, it had such an alarming effect on the audience that one angry father wrote to Hitchcock saying his daughter refused to take showers after seeing it. To which Hitchcock dryly replied, “send her to the dry cleaners.”
- Real-life killer Ed Gein is from Wisconsin, but the muse for The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Psycho was most searched for only in Texas.
- Jack Torrance peaks as the most searched movie villain in a whopping ten states.
- Bangor, Maine, was the only US location used for the 2017 remake of It and coincidentally, is also where author Stephen King resides. The rest of It was filmed in Canada.
- Frankenstein’s Monster is the product of bored friends driven indoors by copious amounts of rain. A daily group reading of ghostly tales led to the idea of a competition to see who could write the best ghost story. Mary Shelley won.
- One of the most grossly misquoted movie lines comes from Silence of the Lambs. Fans often think the line is “Hello, Clarice.” However, that’s incorrect. You’re thinking of Dwight Schrute. Scriptwriter Ted Tally actually wrote, “Good evening, Clarice.”
- Aliens were the top horror villains in Alaska and Washington, which are among the top five states for unexplained UFO sightings.