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The most insanely cursed movie productions (10 Photos)
The makers of this film were given a fair amount of their own omens, but they finished shooting anyway. The lead actor and screenwriter’s planes were both struck by lighting on the way to location, the director’s hotel was bombed by the IRA, and the plane that the crew had originally chartered (but cancelled) crashed and killed all on board. Somehow no one involved with the movie was hurt, and the filming went on.
Four actors who appeared in the trilogy died in the six years after the original was released. But there was weirdness during filming too; JoBeth Williams claimed that pictures on her wall would be crooked when she returned from set every night, no matter how much she fixed them. She also said that Spielberg used real human skeletons to save money.
This cursed movie has actually never been made, but almost everyone who was in talks to play the lead role has died: John Belushi, Sam Kinison, Chris Farley, and John Candy. Sure, these were all overweight comedians who didn’t treat their bodies too well, but we’ll still say it was the movie.
The Passion of the Christ
They say lightning doesn’t strike twice, but apparently it does three times. First, it struck an umbrella that AD Jan Michelini was holding, singing his fingers. Then, while lead actor Jim Caviezel (who was also hit with near-hypothermia and a separated shoulder) was giving the Sermon on the Mount, he was struck. Not five minutes later Michelini went over to see if Caviezel was ok (since they were lightning bros now) and Michelini was stuck AGAIN.
While it ended up as a legendary film, it’s a miracle that the Coppola epic was even finished. Martin Sheen was drinking heavily and had a heart attack that almost ended his run on set. Dennis Hopper reportedly had to be given lots of cocaine to keep on and Coppola threatened to off himself more than once, and ended up getting hit with an epileptic seizure. Luckily, this was all captured in the documentary “Hearts of Darkness,” which is even crazier than the actual film.
The Wizard of Oz
The original Tin Man had to drop out because he inhaled the aluminum-based makeup and it infected his lungs, and his replacement suffered an eye infection from it. The actress playing the Wicked Witch, and her stand in, were both injured when a fire effect went wrong. Even Toto wasn’t spared. The dog (who was paid more than most of the human actors) had to take a leave after she broke her paw.
Rebel Without a Cause
This 1955 film had four of its stars die before the age of 45. James Dean (not long after in a car crash), Sal Mineo (at 37, after being stabbed by a robber), Natalie Wood (after drowning in a suspicious accident), and Nick Adams (who died at 37 of an apparent drug overdose) all died before their time.
The curse of Superman has regressed in recent years (unless you look at the career of Dean Cain, ouch) but George Reeves, the first big actor to take the role, was found dead of a gunshot wound that was ruled as a suicide, although no prints were ever found on the gun. After him, Christopher Reeve was thrown from a horse and paralyzed from the neck down. Supporting actors like Margot Kidder (bipolar episodes), Richard Pryor (MS), and Marlon Brando (getting super fat) were also treated to the supposed curse.
This production during filming wasn’t fully, cursed as much as Mia Farrow’s involvement with it. She was served divorce papers in the middle of filming and forced to eat raw liver, despite being a strict vegetarian. However, once it was released, things got weirder. The films composer died of a blood clot, just like a character in the film, and of course, Charles Manson’s followers tragically slaughtered Roman Polanski’s family only a year after Rosemary’s Baby’s release.
Not only were many actors killed before and directly after the films release, the entire set burned down when no one was there and had to be completely reconstructed. Both Ellen Burstyn and Linda Blair were also seriously injured on the set. Things got so bad that the crew asked for there to be a real life exorcism on the set, but the pastor called refused to do it.