The Twelve Nightmares of Christmas, Day One: Today I Learned…

Merry Saturkwanzukah, everyone!

I’m delighted to bring you the Twelve Nightmares of Christmas this year, just like I did last year. Can you believe this is the fifth year we’ve done this? And boy, have I got some great stuff for you guys!

Here’s the best part: I am once again partnering with Darren Marlar, of Weird Darkness, to bring you these twelve days of holiday cheer and chills. Be sure to stop by to check out what mayhem Darren and the Weirdos of Marlar House have in store for you.

Today I Learned … in the movie Die Hard, Alan Rickman was deliberately dropped two seconds early to capture the true reaction of his character, the villainous Hans Gruber, falling to his death from the Nakatomi Plaza Building. Rickman had agreed to fall backward onto an airbag 25 feet below on the count of “three”, but director John McTiernan thought he would get a better reaction if they secretly dropped him on the count of “one”. (From Ripley’s Believe It or Not: A Century of Strange)

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