The passion that is poured into making a movie is unlike anything else. These pictures are the livelihoods of countless people, and usually every single person does everything they can to make sure the final product is something to be proud of.
Imagine then, after a potentially gruelling production schedule and months, possibly even years of hard work, seeing the final product on the big screen and... noticing a mistake. It could be something very small, something hardly noticeable, or even something that the director wished they did differently. Either way, it’s got to hurt.
There are two ways that such mistakes could be dealt with by the creators. Either ignore it and hope it goes away, or stand up and own it. It’s not a crime to make a mistake, movie directors are only human after all.
From scenes that came off as too brutal and unsettling, to misguided casting decisions and even standing too close to the camera while smoking a cigarette, mistakes happen throughout the entire landscape of Hollywood, with horror movies being absolutely no exception at all…
9. The Sequel Tease - A Nightmare On Elm Street
A Nightmare on Elm Street is without question one of the most iconic horror franchises in the history of the genre. Terrifying audiences back in 1984, the movie introduced the world to Freddy Krueger who would do his best to make sure no one watching the film would sleep easy again.
Of course, the movie has gone on to have eight sequels and/or reboots since the original movie, but that wasn't always the plan. It was always Wes Craven's vision to end the first movie with Nancy defeating Freddy and simply going off to school in the bright sunshine the next day, never having to worry about him again.
Founder of New Line Cinema Robert Shaye had different ideas, however. He wanted a hook for a sequel, and so suggested Freddy pick the kids up and drive away. The compromise agreed upon was how the film ultimately ended, with the kids trapped in the car with Freddy's unmistakable stripes decorating the roof.
This was a compromise that satisfied no one, in particular Craven. This was a mistake in his eyes because he was forced to change a huge part of his movie. In his own words, it was the only part of the movie that wasn't him.