It’s the month of Halloween and that means it’s time to bring out the spooky stories. Sometimes the production of a movie is merely troubled, but sometimes it seems straight up cursed. An unusual amount of early deaths for the people involved in the movie, strange accidents and unexplained happenings- sometimes making movies can be downright eerie. Ironically, a lot of these 'cursed' movies are horror movies. So strap in and let’s take a look at movies with serious bad mojo!
This movie about the exorcism of Satan from a young girl supposedly had to call for an actual exorcism. Nine separate deaths were connected to the movie, including the death of actor Jack McGowran. Ellen Burstyn suffered a permanent spinal injury due to a stunt. Linda Blair was also injured.
The set caught fire and creepily, it was only the room of Regan, the demonically possessed little girl, that didn’t burn. After this incident, a Jesuit Priest was bought in to bless the film.
However, the mishaps continued even when the film hit theatres. During the film’s premiere in Rome, a nearby cross was struck by lightning. One woman passed out during the film and broke her jaw. She sued Warner Bros for “subliminal messages” causing her injury and they settled out of court.
The famous horror film about a young boy who is actually the Antichrist was devilishly unlucky. During filming, both the lead actor, Gregory Peck and producer Mace Neufields had planes they boarded struck by lightning. Executive producer Harvey Bernhard was also almost struck by lightning. He began carrying a cross while on set afterwards. He later said “the devil was at work and he didn’t want that film made.”
More misfortune followed- Gregory Peck’s son shot himself. Both the hotel Neufields was staying at during filming and a restraint the cast and crew were scheduled to eat at was bombed by the IRA. An animal handler who worked with the movie was killed by tiger shortly after the movie wrapped. A plane was chartered for the film, but the flight was cancelled. Instead the plane did a commercial flight, during which it crashed and everyone on board was killed.
The final eerie story is the accident special effects artist John Richardson got into. He had helped with the film’s decapitation scene. During post production and while in Holland, he was in a car accident and his assistant, Liz Moore, was beheaded for real as a result. Supposedly, after extracting himself from the wreckage, Richardson saw a sign nearby that read “Ommen 66.6 km”.
This well-known horror movie tells the tale of a woman whose husband gets involved with a Satanist cult, which complicates her pregnancy later on. The composer of the film, Krzysztof Komeda, died a year after the movie in the exact same way one of the characters in the movie died. Rosemary’s friend Hutch died of a blood clot in his brain and so did Mr. Komeda.
A producer for the movie suffered kidney failure shortly after the movie and blamed the curse. He even yelled “Rosemary, for God’s sake, drop the knife” while in the emergency room. He was apparently tormented up until his death.
Another horrific tragedy is loosely connected to the movie. Sharon Tate, director Roman Polanski's pregnant wife was murdered by Charles Manson’s cult along with her friends. Apparently she was targeted because the Polanski family had purchased the house of someone Manson had a problem with.
But really, when it comes to tragedies like this, I think it's important to remember Sharon Tate's murder outside the context of how it affected Polanski and "proves him cursed". She was the casualty of very human murderers here and should be thought of as such. Actually, recent events make it hard for me Polanski COULD be cursed with bad luck. He admitted to raping a 13 year old girl, but fled the country before he was convicted and is now living free with a bunch of Hollywood bigwigs ready to come to his defense.That doesn’t exactly scream “cursed to preternatural misfortune”.