Over the years, people have said that cast and crew have fallen victim to strings of bad luck on movie sets that are believed to be caused by curses or hexes.
Here are 12 movies that people believe were “cursed.”
During filming of “The Passion of the Christ,” cast and crew were struck by lightning.
Many came to believe that Mel Gibson’s movie “The Passion of the Christ” was cursed because, while filming the scene of the Sermon on the Mount, leading actor Jim Caviezel was struck by lightning and, immediately afterward, so was assistant director Jan Michelini. It was actually the second time that Michelini had been struck by lightning on set.
Over 90 members of the 220 crew that worked on “The Conqueror” got cancer.
Some thought the 1956 movie “The Conqueror” was cursed because, of 220 cast and crew members from Hollywood, 91 contracted cancer by 1979, according to People.
It was later ascertained that they were likely infected from fallout from the nearby atomic testing range at Yucca Flat, Nevada. The movie had filmed in 1954 in nearby Saint George, Utah, which was also later found to have a very high rate of cancer among its population.
“Poltergeist” is said to have cursed some of its cast members.
Classic ’80s horror flick “Poltergeist” is thought to be cursed due to the untimely deaths of two of the actors: 22-year-old actress Dominique Dunne was murdered shortly after it came out in 1982 and the child star, Heather O’Rourke, died at age 12 due to a misdiagnosed intestinal issue. Two other (less unexpected) cast member deaths related to surgery and cancer also sadly occurred.
Aside from untimely deaths, one actor claimed that real skeletons were used as props – a claim that remains unproven – and another is said to have performed an exorcism on set.
Three people died during the filming of “The Twilight Zone” movie.
“The Twilight Zone” show was a creepy mix of horror and science fiction, but some think the 1983 feature-length adaptation was cursed in real life.
During its filming, three actors were killed in a helicopter crash – actor Vic Morrow as well as two child actors, Renee Chen, 6, and Myca Dinh Lee, 7.
Ultimately director John Landis – along with other filmmakers – was found innocent of involuntary manslaughter in the deaths. The incident obviously scarred everyone who was working on the film and survived.
“The Dark Knight” was riddled with tragedy and misfortune for cast and crew.
The Batman movie “The Dark Knight” in 2008 did incredibly well at the box office, but that doesn’t stop some from believing the movie was hexed, according to Gawker.
That’s due to what happened to three of the movie’s stars all around the time of the film’s release: Heath Ledger died from a fatal mix of prescription drugs (some people say that his role as the Joker in the movie took a toll on him),Christian Bale was accused of assault (Bale denied the incident and the matter was dropped), and Morgan Freeman was in a serious car accident.
“The Exorcist” is another movie that people believe was cursed.
1973’s “The Exorcist” was thought to be cursed because of the many unfortunate events surrounding it. Some of the incidents include a set burning down, on-set injuries for actresses Linda Blair and Ellen Burstyn, and the deaths of two of its actors, Jack MacGowran and Vasiliki Maliaros, right after shooting wrapped, according to i News.
The shocking nature of the film to audiences at the time likely also contributed to this myth.
1976’s “The Omen” had tragic incidents surrounding the film.
Another horror movie with a supposed curse is “The Omen,” according to PopSugar, because of the bizarre and tragic incidents that occurred surrounding the film.
Both lead actor Gregory Peck and a film executive were flying in separate planes that were struck by lightning. There were also deaths surrounding the movie: A plane that was almost used for aerial filming in the movie (but switched out last minute) crashed, killing everyone on board, and an animal trainer who worked on-set was killed the next day by a tiger.
There were also rumours that no one knew what happened to lead child actor, Harvey Stephens, who played Damien after the movie came out. This isn’t true – he had a small cameo in the 2006 version of “The Omen” as a tabloid reporter.
The son of Bruce Lee, Brandon, was fatally shot while filming the 1994 move “The Crow.” It wasn’t the only deadly accident that took place on set.
Actor Brandon Lee, 28, was shot and killed while filming “The Crow” in a horrific accident – another actor fired a blank at Lee, which “propelled into Mr. Lee’s abdomen a lethal obstruction that had been lodged in the barrel of the gun during the filming of another scene several weeks earlier,” according to a complaint from Lee’s mother about the incident.
That wasn’t the only dangerous accident surrounding the film: Ranker has a round-up of all the bizarre and tragic occurrences that took place. In an interview with the AV Club, actor Jon Polito (who plays Gideon in the movie) described some of the events:
“We were shooting at night and the very first day they were setting up the lights, there was a guy who was driving a cherry-picker onto the lot. A cherry-picker that you put lights on. And the cherry-picker fell into a gully, and we lifted the back of the cherry-picker where the guy was lifted up, and went right into an electrical pole and he was electrocuted. And he was near death. All of his organs were burned. He was about 26. His wife was pregnant. It was a bad luck opening to a film. And then the third night when we were shooting, I remember the prop truck caught on fire and nobody knew what that was about. And then we had a hurricane that destroyed parts of the street sets. The hurricane was so bad. Of course, we were staying at the hotel Holiday Inn Cape Fear, so that should give you some sense of what the film was gonna be like. And I loved Brandon Lee. He was a beautiful, sweet man.”
Some consider “Rosemary’s Baby” the most cursed movie ever made.
“Rosemary’s Baby,” which came out in 1968, is considered “the most cursed hit movie ever made,” according to Vanity Fair.
After the horror movie debuted, misfortune befell many who helped create it: Composer Krzysztof Komeda died from a fall; producer William Castle was hospitalized with severe kidney stones and barely survived; and Sharon Tate, the pregnant wife of director Roman Polanski, was brutally murdered by the Manson Family.
The director of “Annabelle” said two mysterious events happened while filming.
During the shooting of the 2014 horror film “Annabelle,” two eerie events occurred that led some to believe the production was haunted, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
First, director John R. Leonetti said he walked into a filming location and saw a three-fingered handprint on a dusty window that resembled the three-fingered demon in the movie. Then, he said a light fixture fell on the head of one of the film’s actors – in the same location where his character is killed in the movie.
“Annabelle” was based on the story of a “real” cursed doll that today is kept at Ed and Lorraine Warren’s Occult Museum in Monroe, Connecticut.
People who have played John Connor in the “Terminator” franchise has fallen on hard times.
Although he’s a hero, “Terminator” character John Connor seems to have brought misfortune upon the actors who have portrayed him, according to The Daily Beast.
Edward Furlong, the first to play the role in 1991, was suspected of overdosing on heroin, was arrested four times, and said he was broke in 2011 after his ex-wife was granted a restraining order against him.
Nick Stahl, of 2003’s “Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines,” later had a few troubling incidents in 2012 and 2013 where he was arrested for allegedly stiffing a cab driver as well as for alleged drug possession.
Thomas Dekker, of the short-lived TV series “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles” (2008-2009), was arrested on charges of allegedly hitting a cyclist with his car. He later pleaded no contest to a lesser charge of misdemeanour reckless driving in 2010.
And Christian Bale, who starred as Connor in 2009’s “Terminator Salvation,” went viral when a video of him berating a photography director was released that same year. The actor later apologised.
Actors tied to the “Superman” franchise are said to be cursed, too.
Another unlucky character is none other than the Man of Steel himself – Superman. Some believe there is a curse associated with the franchise, according to Biography.
The first actor to play the character on TV in 1951, George Reeves saw his career tank after the initial success of “The Adventures of Superman.” Eight years later, it was ruled that he died by suicide, though some say it may have been murder.
Christopher Reeve became a star with 1978’s “Superman: The Movie” and remained successful until he was thrown from a horse and paralysed in 1995. He died in 2004 at age 52.
Other actors associated with the franchise, including Margot Kidder, Marlon Brando, and Richard Pryor, had tumultuous lives as well – you can read more about the supposed curse on Biography.
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