It’s almost October, which means it’s almost Halloween, and M-Net Movies Showcase is celebrating with a magnificent monster collection.
Monsters are simply defined as “a large, ugly, and frightening imaginary creature” or “a thing of extraordinary or daunting size.” Folklore, literature and, of course, movies have taught us that monsters can be so much more, whether they’re aliens, dinosaurs, ghosts or trolls. Often, a being’s actions rather than features are what turn them into monsters.
October’s Monster Collection will bring you monsters in all shapes and sizes, peppered with laughter, and more than a few scares. Sometimes, we may even discover that monsters lie not in “creatures of daunting size” but within ourselves.
Check out these fun facts about the movies you can watch in October’s Monster Collection on M-Net Movies Showcase:
1 October at 20:00
Fast Fact: Before the first Harry Potter movie was made, Warner Bros. considered turning the books into a series of animated movies.
2 October at 15:10
Fast Fact: I Frankenstein is based on a graphic novel based on Mary Shelley’s novel, Frankenstein. More than fifty movies adaptations have been made of the doctor and his monster.
2 October at 20:00
Fast Fact: Marlon Wayans, who returns for the sequel, lists Eddie Murphy as one of his favourite comedians. The latter also appeared in a movie about a haunted house, The Haunted Mansion.
3 October at 20:00
Fast Fact: As a child Peter Jackson, director of the latest version of King Kong, cut up his mother’s fur coat to make a model for his own version of Kong.
4 October at 20:00
Fast Fact: Tim Burton almost directed this movie, which takes a new perspective on Disney’s Sleeping Beauty from 1959.
8 October at 20:00
Fast Fact: An outbreak of lice occurred amongst the child actors during filming of the second Harry Potter movie.
9 October at 20:00
Fast Fact: We’ve often heard that Will Smith, Tom Cruise, Johnny Depp and Leonardo DiCaprio were considered for the role of Neo; but did you know Samuel L. Jackson, Russell Crowe and Sean Connery were considered for Morpheus?
10 October at 20:00
Fast Fact: Since it’s difficult to know what dinosaurs sounded like, the filmmakers used lions, walruses and dolphins as sonic inspiration.
11 October at 20:00
Fast Fact: Adam Sandler, David Tennant, Sharlto Copley, Jim Carrey and H. Jon Benjamin were considered for the voice of Rocket the Raccoon. We think Bradley Cooper was the perfect choice.
16 October at 20:00
Fast Fact: The highway chase sequence took almost three months to shoot. Entire movies are often shot in less time!
17 October at 20:00
Fast Fact: Vince Vaughn was cast in the sequel after Steven Spielberg saw him in Swingers.
18 October at 20:00
Fast Fact: Channing Tatum appeared as a church boy in the movie, but his scene was later cut.
22 October at 20:00
Fun Fact: As if Gary Oldman wasn’t cool enough, here’s a reason to love him even more: the first time he met Daniel Radcliffe, he gave him a bass guitar, having heard of the young actor’s love for music.
23 October at 20:00
Fast Fact: When Neo visits The Oracle in her apartment, the jazz song I'm Beginning to See the Light is playing in the background. A different version of the song plays in the corresponding scene in The Matrix.
24 October at 20:00
Fast Fact: New discoveries were made in the field of paleontology after the first two movies were released. As a result, the Velociraptors differed from previous instalments. Evidence was uncovered that Velociraptors had feathers, or feather-like structures, and was incorporated into the dinos’ new look.
25 October at 20:00
Fast Fact: The latest instalment in the Apes’ franchise was the first to be released in 3-D.
29 October at 20:00
Fast Fact: More than three thousand girls auditioned for the role of Cho Chang – the girl who was Harry Potter’s first crush and kiss.
31 October at 20:00
Fast Fact: Watch closely and you’ll see Castle’s Nathan Fillion in the role of Hermes.