Curse of creation? 7 horror films that resulted in actual deaths

Curse of creation? 7 horror films that resulted in actual deaths

Horror films have a higher number of deaths and mishaps on sets associated to them, many have been severely affected by mishaps so much so that they were believed to be cursed.

Hollywood, despite all the drama and revenue, has been a ground for a lot of cinematic inventions and journeys of discovery. Apart from crazy amounts of money, films have generated their own culture and experiences that are tailormade for each genre for the audience to enjoy them to the maximum. 

Horror films, as we all know, are mostly based on real-life incidents, engaging audiences more and creating a hype that no other genre can create. 

No film set is immune to mishaps, there have been quite a handful of those to tell us otherwise. However, there is a noticeably higher number of strange incidents and unexplained phenomena that horror film sets seem to attract. So much so that it some of the horror films were considered to be cursed.

Horror films have been associated with a lot of deaths and mishaps (Pexels)
Horror films have been associated with a lot of deaths and mishaps (Pexels)

Though the stories sound fascinating, when some of the credible actors also recall being weirded out, we can only imagine what causes consistent jeopardy for filmmakers and actors who work with the horror genre. So how do movies become cursed? Here are some of the most cursed movies that involved deaths and mayhem on their sets. 

1. Twilight Zone 

One of the oldest horror franchises (imdb)
One of the oldest horror franchises (imdb)

This franchise is one of the classics, dating back to the 50s which saw the franchise being rebooted on multiple fronts, from TV shows to radio shows to pinball machines. However, it is also associated with some of the most violent of mishaps that even killed three people while shooting the film. 

The scene would have shown him save the kids, if only (Wikimedia Commons)
The scene would have shown him save the kids, if only (Wikimedia Commons)

During their filming of the 1983 movie, the sets of Indian Dunes in Valencia, Santa Clarita, California saw actual horror when the airborne helicopter gave in to the blast under it, a report by Slate also mentions this. The scene was ideally supposed to show Vic Morrow's character saving two kids from a Vietnamese war zone. This was when the helicopter was told to fly overhead the actors. The helicopter's blades decapitated Vic and crushed the kids when it crashed. The makers walked free despite the 'accident'. 

2. Poltergeist 

Prominent actors had died horribly (Wikimedia Commons)
Prominent actors had died horribly (Wikimedia Commons)

Here's another one of the films that have been plagued with deaths and mysterious chronology of events. The film has a classic trope of people being haunted in a house they built on a burial ground and was the scariest movie of its time. It is believed to be a cursed film for one simple reason, their prominent actors who were playing main roles in the film died horribly. 

One of the leads was Heather O'Rourke, died of bowel blockage (Wikimedia Commons)
One of the leads was Heather O'Rourke, died of bowel blockage (Wikimedia Commons)

One of the first victims of the supposed curse was Dominique Dunne, who had played the daughter of the haunted family in the film. According to People, Dunne was violently killed by her ex-boyfriend in 1982, which is also the same year as the release of the movie. However, she was not the only Poltergeist actor to die. Other prominent actors have died in traumatic ways such as stomach cancer, undetected bowl obstruction, murdered by an ex-con with an ax. 

3. The Omen

1976 saw the first ever Omen film (Wikimedia Commons)
1976 saw the first ever Omen film (Wikimedia Commons)

Among the many bizarre occurrences that surrounded the movie, most of them looked like something more than mere coincidence. One of the lead casts, Gregory Peck, suffered a major loss when his son shot himself in the head. This event happened in a short time after Peck came on board to play the adoptive father to the devil child in the movie. Peck still wanted to continue on the movie. While he was on a flight to the movie sets, a lightning struck, which almost caused it to crash.

Gregory Pike's son had shot himself without any explanation (Pixabay)
Gregory Pike's son had shot himself without any explanation (Pixabay)

If it still feels like it may be a coincidence, two more prominent individuals - the screenwriter David Seltzer and the producer Mace Neufeld - when flying on two separate occasions, had their planes hit by lightning. Other major spooky events include car crashes, animals attacks, and other unexplained things. 

4.  The Exorcist 

It still ranks among the top horror movies (Wikimedia Commons)
It still ranks among the top horror movies (Wikimedia Commons)

Revered as one of the scariest horror films of all time, this one has been scary even when people were shooting it on the sets. During the film's shooting, there was a fire that had taken out the entire set of the film, but for one bedroom of the possessed girl. 

Jack MacGowran's death was mysterious (Wikimedia Commons)
Jack MacGowran's death was mysterious (Wikimedia Commons)

If you are attributing the fire to human causes, wait. On the film's premiering night, a 16th-century church that was across the theater was hit by lightning. The strike had taken out a holy cross that had been there for 400 years. There were at least 9 people who had died by the time the film was made, Jack MacGowran being one of the known faces. Though it was a disease that took his life, it happened around the time of the premiere and was followed by eight more. 

5. The Amityville Horror 

This one was inspired by true events (Wikimedia Commons)
This one was inspired by true events (Wikimedia Commons)

This franchise had their fair share of creepy and dark occurrences of mysterious origins. The film was an established name and became popular with multiple reboots of the title. The film is about a haunted family trying to deal with the torment in a new home they buy. 

James Brolin had said yes to the role after experiencing a moment of horror while reading it (IMDB)` 
James Brolin had said yes to the role after experiencing a moment of horror while reading it (IMDB)` 

Actors James Brolin and Ryan Reynolds - the stars of the first film and the latest reboot respectively - both had eerie experiences. When Brolin was going through the book, one of the pants fell off their hanger at the same time when Brolin was reading a strong scene. When Reynolds had taken the role for the 2005 remake, he had noticed that the entire crew would wake up at 3:15 am, matching the killer's time. A dead body was also found on the shores near the house. 

6. The Conjuring

This franchise has been the most popular among the millennials (Wikimedia Commons)  
This franchise has been the most popular among the millennials (Wikimedia Commons)  

This is one of the most famous modern horror movies of this generation. People have loved the franchise since its first film got released. However, this film takes from the real-life suffering of the family and actual potent horror. So the undertaking was bound to be acknowledged with unwanted attention, however, nobody died. 

In one of the incidents, the cast and crew had to evacuate the hotel owing to the fire (Youtube)
In one of the incidents, the cast and crew had to evacuate the hotel owing to the fire (Youtube)

However, whenever the Perron family would be contacted by the writers of the film for more detailed discussions, which was frequent, they reported picking up unusual static which hindered the on-going conversations. And sometimes the phones would just disconnect. Other notable mishaps include Carolyn Perron's fall following her sensing some heavy presence in her house, hospitalizing her, and the fire in the hotel where the cast and crew were staying. 

7. Rosemary's Baby 

The curse of this film began after it was done making (Wikimedia Commons)
The curse of this film began after it was done making (Wikimedia Commons)

Polanski's successful production that saw almost no problem while it was being made. One of the producers of the film, William Castle had wanted to make the film before Polanski, but then took up the producer's mantle. Throes of hate mail began swarming Castle and he developed severe kidney stone pains, which plagued him his entire life. 

Polanski's wife Sharon Tate was murdered by the Manson gang (Flickr)
Polanski's wife Sharon Tate was murdered by the Manson gang (Flickr)

It did not end there. The composer of the film suddenly died shortly after the movie's release. However, the cause of his death was a blood clot - the exact same cause of death as Rosemary's friend in the film. And to top it all, the Manson gang killed Roman Polanski's then-wife Sharon Tate and his friends. 

Disclaimer : This is based on sources and we have been unable to verify this information independently.

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