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5 Movies That Were Totally Cursed

5 Movies That Were Totally Cursed
Lauren Englisbe

We've all heard the stories about movie productions being cursed, but surely they can't be true, right? While it's of course impossible to prove the existence of a curse, the films below sure do present a strong case. Read on to learn about the terror that lurks just beneath the bright lights of Hollywood.

5. The Exorcist (1973)

Hmm, you’d think with how scared I am of The Exorcist I wouldn’t be covering it a second time, but, well, here we are anyway. Featuring Ellen Burstyn and a pea-soup-spattered Linda Blair as Regan, The Exorcist is a chilling look at the devil taking possession of a young girl.

At least nine deaths are allegedly associated with the production, both natural and accidental. These include a night watchman, a special effects expert, and actor Jack MacGowran, who played Burstyn’s director and friend. Burstyn herself suffered a spinal cord injury that kept her from the set for several weeks.

What’s more, the movie set burned down inexplicably, which caused further delays — however, Regan’s room was the the one spot purportedly spared by the blaze. Things apparently got so bad on the shoot that director William Friedkin asked a priest to perform an exorcism. Friedkin supposedly decided to bless the set himself, and no further issues were reported after that.

4. Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

Directed by Roman Polanski and starring Mia Farrow, Rosemary’s Baby is the story of a Manhattan woman who is forced to carry the devil’s child, despite having an amaaaazing Vidal Sassoon haircut.

Producer William Castle (of House on Haunted Hill fame) claimed he received abusive letters during and after shooting, one of which predicted a long and painful illness for him. He soon developed a persistent, painful condition. During one of his attacks, he was heard to scream, "Rosemary, for God's sake, drop the knife!”

Much better known, however, is what happened to Polanski one year after the movie’s release. He and his eight-months-pregnant wife Sharon Tate had bought a home in Los Angeles. While Polanski was on location in Europe, Tate and four of her friends were brutally murdered at home by members of Charles Manson’s “family.”

3. The Omen (1976)

The Omen is the terrifying tale of a little boy adopted by an American ambassador, played by screen legend Gregory Peck. After a number of grisly deaths, Peck becomes suspicious that his young charge is in fact the Antichrist.

During the course of the filming, Peck and scriptwriter David Seltzer flew on two different flights to London — each was struck by lightning. Not only that, but executive producer Mace Neufeld narrowly missed having his plane struck by lightning en route to Rome. Later that year, Gregory Peck canceled a flight to Israel that ended up crashing, killing everyone aboard. Were these warnings from down below to not attempt going up above?

The most chilling bit of lore involves special effects director John Richardson and his assistant, Liz Moore. While working on A Bridge Too Far in late 1976, the two were in a serious car wreck. Richardson survived, but horrifyingly enough, Moore was decapitated. Many point out that this echoes a beheading scene in The Omen — a scene which Richardson worked on. Even worse? Legend has it that the accent occurred at roadmarker “Ommen: 66.6km”…on Friday the 13th.

2. The Crow (1994)

I’m a 90s child and this one still makes me sad. 🙁 The Crow, starring Brandon Lee, was a movie based on the comic book of the same name. Lee played a murdered man who comes back to life to avenge his own death as well as that of his fiancée.

From the get-go this thing seemed to have been cursed. On the very first day of shooting, a crew member was badly burned after his crane ran into a power cable. As the production went on, a worker stabbed his own hand with a screw driver, a set sculptor drove his car through the props room, wiping it out…and most of the set was destroyed by a storm.

The most tragic event, though, was Lee’s death at age 28. A prop gun was accidentally filled with a metal tip from a fake bullet, and while filming a scene Lee was fatally shot. He was rushed to the hospital but died several hours later.

1. The Poltergeist Trilogy (1982, 1986, 1988)

Now we come to arguably the most famous of the movie curses. The Poltergeist trilogy revolves around a family terrorized by ghosts attracted to daughter Carol Anne, played by Heather O’Rourke.

Rumors of the curse are largely due to the fact that four cast members died in six years. O’Rourke became ill in 1987. Due to a misdiagnosis she eventually suffered cardiac arrest and other complications, passing in 1988 at age 12. Dominique Dunne, known for her role eldest sister Dana, was strangled by her abusive ex-boyfriend in 1982. She slipped into a coma and died a few days later, at age 22.

Julian Beck — Reverend Henry Kane in the second movie — passed away in 1985 of stomach cancer. And lastly, Will Sampson, who played Taylor the medicine man in the second movie, suffered from a degenerative disease. He died from post-operative kidney failure and pre-operative malnutrition in 1987.

Truth really is stranger than fiction, isn’t it?

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