Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Movies That Were Cursed- 23 Days Till Halloween

The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Judy Garland became a massive star with her role in The Wizard of Oz, but she would suffer considerably afterward. Her personal life included four divorces, financial troubles, and drug addiction that led to her death at age 47. Injuries on the set and rumors of wild parties involving the cast would plaque the movies otherwise wholesome story. Actress Margaret Hamilton, who played the Wicked Witch, would suffer severe burns during an explosion scene. This event required a stand in to fill in only to have her experience the same injuries.

Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
One of the most iconic actors of the late 1950s, James Dean, became a big star with his role in Rebel, Giant, and East of Eden. James Dean would die at 24 while racing his Porsche 550 Spyder. Sal Mineo would die in 1976 after being stabbed, cutting short his promising career at age 37. Co-star Natalie Wood gained notoriety with an Oscar nomination in her role but would die in a drowning accident in 1981 at the age of 43.

Rosemary's Baby (1968)
The 1968 fright classic Rosemary's Baby had several terrible events that occurred during its production. Director Roman Polanski's wife, Sharon Tate, was murdered by the Manson family a year after release. Producer William Castle would have some health issues while the movie's composer Krzysztof Komeda would die after a fall. Given the subject matter of the film producer, Castle was not surprised that the movie might have gained the curse as a result of the negative portrayal of witches in the film.

The Exorcist (1973)
One of the most famous horror movies of the early 70s, The Exorcist, was beset by a few curses. Linda Blair and Ellen Burstyn both suffered injuries on set. Blair's grandfather and Max Von Sydow's brother both died during production. The film also faced problems with censorship issues in the UK and religious groups in the US, fearing it would lead to demonic possession of those who watched.

The Omen (1976)
Like the movie The Exorcist, the demonically themed movie The Omen had several bizarre events occur. Star Gregory Peck lost his son to suicide before filming began. A producer flying to London had his airplane struck by lightning, he would also survive an IRA bombing. The film and its events have led some of the cast to refuse any discussion of the curse in interviews.

Superman (1979)
There has been a Superman Curse at work going back to the 1950 television show Adventures of Superman. The show ended in 1958, a year before the star George Reeves died at the age of 45 in a manner still debated to this day. The 1979 Richard Donner film was a massive hit with Christopher Reeve as the Man of Steel and Margot Kidder as Lois Lane. Reeve would be paralyzed after falling off of his horse in 1995 and died in 2004. Kidder would pass in 2018 after years of battling mental illness. 

The Amityville Horror (1979)
The house on 112 Ocean Ave in Amityville, New York, had become a fixture in horror movie lore with over a dozen movies made that were inspired by the creepy looking house. The Lutz family moved into this house only to leave four weeks after events occurred that would shock a nation as detailed in the bestseller The Amityville Horror. The novel would inspire a popular 1979 movie that added to the home's reputation. Actor James Brolin reported a scary incident while reading the novel but agreed to make the movie. Despite the success of the movie, the Lutz family did not see much of the vast fortune that the movie earned int the box office. Amityville Horror author Jay Anson would die a few years after the release of his most successful novel. The Lutz family attempted to sue the studio to get a more significant piece of the movie's profits, but both would pass away, not seeing any judgment in their favor. Actress Margot Kidder who played Kathy Lutz would die in 2018 after suffering from mental illness. 

A Confederacy of Dunces (1982?)
A best selling book, A Confederacy of Dunces, seems to have a giant curse as the project has failed to get anywhere in almost 40 years. John Belushi was attached to the project, but his death put the movie on hold. A second actor was cast years later, but John Candy would also pass away before filming could begin. Other actors tied to the film include Chris Farley and Divine, who both died as well. After Hurricane Katrina, Paramount Studio pretty much gave up on this film, and no further effort has been put forward toward the movie. 

Poltergeist (1982)
One of the scariest movie curses in recent years involves the Poltergeist franchise. After the release of the first movie in 1982, the actress Dominique Dunne who played the eldest sister, was murdered by a former boyfriend. The second movie, Poltergeist II, was released in 1986, but actor Julian Beck who played the creepy preacher Henry Kane died shortly after filming from cancer. Will Samson, who also appeared in the second film, would die a year later in 1987 at age 53. The most shocking death would be 12 years old, Heather O'Rourke, who played the youngest daughter Carol Anne. She was best known for the catchphrases "They're Here" and "They're Back" who would die after misdiagnosis led to cardiac arrest.

The Crow (1994)
Brandon Lee was the son of martial arts star Bruce Lee and was cast in the role of a man who comes back from the dead to seek revenge from the gang who murdered him. With filming almost completed, Brandon Lee would suffer a fatal gunshot wound from a prop gun that contained a dummy bullet and blank cartridge. Lee was 28 at the time of his death. The Crow would become a huge hit, as well as cult movie favorite a likely result of the young star's death.

Waterworld (1995)
Kevin Costner suffered significant challenges while filming this multi-million dollar box office bust. A floating set was destroyed by a hurricane, while issues with the scrip led to delays that added to the film's massive budget. Coster nearly drowned, and his stunt double was almost sweet put to sea. Waterworld would gain cult status and recoup some of its budgets, but as curses go, this was a mild one. 

The Passion of the Christ (2004)
Jim Caviezel, who played Jesus, suffered some injuries while filming, including being struck by lightning, a dislocated shoulder from carrying the cross, and injuries from the whipping scene. The film also made an assistant director feel as if an evil presence was in the studio.

The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005)
Jenifer Carpenter reported that while filming the movie, she said that her radio would turn itself on and off mysteriously. This peculiar event would often occur at 3 am with Carpenter, noting that she was born at 3 am.

The House of the Devil (2009)
Director Ti West had several spooky events occur during the filming of his movie The House of the Devil. Most of the events happened at the hotel they were staying in with lights coming on and off, ceiling lights burning out, and crew members having terrible dreams. The incidents that occurred would inspire director West to set his next film, The Innkeepers, in the very hotel they stayed in during the filming of House of the Devil.

The Possession (2012)
This 2012 horror film involves a wine cabinet that is known as a Dibbuk Box. While filming the movie, there were a series of incidents involving lights exploding and mysterious fires that damaged props and sets. Actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan stated his girlfriend warned they should avoid the Dibbuk Box.

The Conjuring (2013)
Director James Wan reported that a bizarre series events occurred in and around the filming of this 2013 hit movie. Star Vera Farmiga said claw marks appeared on her computer. Wan's dog would bark at seemingly invisible intruders and a strange wind that would injure one of the castmembers.

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