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3 horror movies that were alleged to be cursed

By T.K. Randall
October 26, 2019 · Comment icon 7 comments

Making horror movies can be a dangerous business... Image Credit: CC BY 2.0 Manuel Quintero
Tragic deaths, strange coincidences and unnerving experiences surrounded these chilling horror classics.
Sometimes the most disturbing things about a movie happened off-screen rather than on camera.

Poltergeist I, II and III (1982-1988)
Directed by Tobe Hooper and produced by Stephen Spielberg, the original 'Poltergeist' told the terrifying tale of a family who became besieged by a malicious haunting that culminated in their youngest daughter being pulled through a portal to the 'other side'.

Tragedy would notoriously follow the cast and crew however with Dominique Dunne - who played Dana - being murdered by her abusive ex-boyfriend, Julian Beck - who played Kane - dying of stomach cancer, Will Sampson - who played Taylor - dying of surgery complications and perhaps most tragically of all, the film series' young protagonist Heather O'Rourke dying of septic shock.

The Exorcist (1973)
When it was released, the original Exorcist was so terrifying that some unsuspecting cinemagoers ended up passing out in the theater. Things didn't go much better behind the cameras either.

When shooting began in 1972, a fire tore through the set of Regan MacNiel's home, causing extensive damage. In a peculiar twist, the room used for the actual exorcism scenes escaped unscathed.

Actors Jack MacGowran and Vasiliki Maliaros both died shortly after filming had wrapped and both Linda Blair and Max von Sydow suffered the loss of close family members during shooting.

Jason Miller's son nearly died in a motorcycle accident and several actors were injured onset.
There is even the story of lightning striking a church opposite the cinema where the film was showing.

The Omen (1976)
Another supernatural horror classic, 'The Omen' followed the story of Damien - a seemingly innocuous young boy who just happened to be the son of Satan himself.

A mere two months before filming started, the son of actor Gregory Peck shot himself. Then when Peck was flying to London in September, his plane was struck by lightning.

The same thing happened to executive producer Mace Neufeld a few weeks later, then producer Harvey Bernhard narrowly avoided being struck by lightning while filming in Rome.

"The devil was at work and he didn't want that film made," he said.

An animal handler who worked on the 'crazy baboon' scene was mauled by a tiger shortly after filming wrapped and on Friday 13th, special effects artist John Richardson was involved in a car accident.

While he escaped with his life, his passenger - assistant Liz Moore - was decapitated in a manner very similar to a scene in the movie that Richardson himself had worked on.

To cap it all, a plane that was chartered by the film before being switched at the last minute went down a short time after taking off, resulting in the deaths of everyone on-board.

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Comment icon #1 Posted by AllPossible 3 years ago
It can be looked at as coincidence or something supernatural. Some people can't grasp the concept that supernatural means you are not there. Does a bird know what an IPhone is? Does your dog know how to play Xbox. It just could be that we aren't meant to see that part of life yet..... We don't know everything
Comment icon #2 Posted by the13bats 3 years ago
You're more advanced than a cockroach. Have you ever tried explaining yourself to one of them? And left out Brandon Lee, dying filming the crow ( incompetent prop and tech people ) and that whole alleged Lee family curse. I saw an interview where some of the actors were not impressed about the poltergeist movie urban legends which is the best of the 3, look it up, when explained the way it really happened its not paranormal just life. Exocist and omen arent even all that odd, things like that happen on lots of filmings
Comment icon #3 Posted by Grey Area 3 years ago
I love these film myths. Both Jack Nicholson and Jared Leto said that they felt possessed by the character of the Joker when they played him, stating they felt compelled to act even off screen and of course heath ledger tragically died during the filming of the dark knight’s rendition. Fascinating, but myth none the less.
Comment icon #4 Posted by the13bats 3 years ago
That had to do with substance abuse and Olsen twin....very sad.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Scholar4Truth 3 years ago
RoseMary's Baby is said to be cursed as well. It was being filmed around the time his wife was murdered by the Manson Family.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Gwynbleidd 3 years ago
The Grudge - Ju On (the Japanese version)    
Comment icon #7 Posted by Love Buzz 3 years ago
Rosemary's Baby had to be cursed. Mia Farrow ended up marrying Woody Allen.

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