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There are no digital effects in the film.
Meg Foster described working with Rob Zombie as an experience like no other in her career, comparing it to walking through "a labyrinth."
According to Sid Haig the actors where only given the parts of the script that featured their own scenes to prevent any leaks.
First film or TV project Sid Haig was ever cut from in his 51 years in the entertainment industry.
Rob Zombie has hinted at this film being a metaphorical and spiritual prequel to his Halloween films.
The screenplay had a subplot about a film named "Frankenstein and the Witchhunter", a kind of Hammer films exploitation that the characters of Matthias and his wife attend thanks to free tickets from the radio station. Rob Zombie shot this "film-within-the-film" with Udo Kier, Camille Keaton and Clint Howard. But all the scenes related were deleted from the final cut.
Billy Drago is included in all cast listings for this movie despite his leaving the project before shooting began.
Filmed in the actual town of Salem.
Rob Zombie described the film as "If Ken Russell directed "The Shining (1980)".
The scene where they first try to play the record took a while to film as they struggled with how to create the effect of the needle jumping across the LP. As the effects guys worked on a line of filament another crew member suggested simply removing the needle from the arm.
One of the real life judges of the Salem witch trials was named John Hathorne, pronounced Hawthorne. His descendant, the famous historical novelist Nathaniel Hawthorne, changed his name to be spelled like it sounds.
Rob Zombie wrote himself a novelization of the film along with writer Brian Evenson. According to Zombie, the novelization is based on his original screenplay, which differs significantly from the final script used in the film.
Bruce Davison also dealt with the Salem Witch Trials in The Crucible (1996).
Footage was shot with Daniel Roebuck as a serial killer being interviewed on TV, but Rob Zombie decided to go with clips from old movies featuring characters in masks instead.
Rob Zombie imagined the witches as Manson-esque hippies.
Lisa Marie's first movie in over 11 years.
Bruce Dern had to leave the production due to scheduling conflicts and was replaced by Bruce Davison.
Richard Lynch was cast as Reverend John Hawthorne, but due to his worsening health he couldn't perform the role properly. Lynch died few months before the opening of the film.
Richard Lynch didn't have to audition for his role as Reverend John Hawthorne.
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Goldie Hawn was considered for the role of Margaret Morgan.
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Actors considered for some roles were Richard O'Brien (he was not available) and Hammer girl Caroline Munro, finally replaced by another genre favorite, Judy Geeson.
Clint Howard, Camille Keaton and Udo Kier had supporting roles but all of their scenes ended up being cut.
Joey Gentile originally auditioned for the role of Jarret Perkins, only then to be asked to read for a completely different role that ended up being cut out of the theatrical release.
Last film of Richard Lynch.
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In Spain was only released in 2 theaters (Madrid: Kinépolis / Barcelona: Cinesa Herón City) in subtitled version. The film was watched by 413 viewers. Also was a re-release in 2016 in Barcelona (Phenomena) for 1 day in subtitled version.
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