10 Cursed Horror Movies With Chilling Behind-The-Scenes Stories
While non-believers would write these stories off as coincidences or publicity stunts, some of them are just too freaky to ignore. Jump scares and artificial gore are nothing compared to these disturbing and — in some cases — unexplained events, such as set fires, suspicious deaths, paranormal encounters, and sudden illnesses. While it's usually the cast and crew who are subject to spooky occurrences in these stories, there are also accounts of family members, significant others, and even audience members dealing with a supposed curse. Not all of these stories come with solid proof or support, so take them with a grain of salt. But in the case of cursed horror movies, even the rumors are pretty bone-chilling. 1. 'Rosemary's Baby' Movieclips Classic Trailers on YouTube Vanity Fair dubbed 1968's Rosemary's Baby "The Most Cursed Hit Movie Ever Made." After it debuted and and received much critical acclaim, unfortunate events befell some of those involved in making the film. Polish jazz musician and composer for the film, Krzysztof Komeda, slipped into a coma after a bad fall and died in April of 1969, according to the artist's website. Per Vanity Fair, producer William Castle was hospitalized with severe kidney stones. Actor Sharon Tate, who was married to director Roman Polanski, was murdered by the Manson Family in 1969 when she was pregnant with their child. Five years later, Heather O'Rourke, who appeared in both Poltergeist and Poltergeist 2, died at age 12 due to a misdiagnosed intestinal issue, also per People. Also, one morning after filming was over, Farmiga woke in her own bed and noticed a bruise and three scratches on her thigh. Special effects artist John Richardson was in a car crash working on his next project, A Bridge Too Far. He survived, but his passenger, assistant Liz Moore, died. “He had a beautiful girlfriend,” The Omen producer Harvey Bernhard told the Los Angeles Times. “He was driving in Belgium with her and he hit a truck. The girl was beheaded.” In the same piece, Bernhard claims that the animal handler who helped with the scene in the 1976 film wherein rogue, demonic baboons attack the Thorn family's car was mauled and killed by a tiger after shooting wrapped. On a 2014 appearance on Huffpost Live, Ellen Burstyn (Chris MacNeil) acknowledged that she permanently injured her back in the scene where Regan pushes her mother. Jack MacGowran, who played Burke Dennings, died in January 1973, months before the movie was even released. Vasiliki Maliaros, a non-actor who played Karras' mother in the film, died the next month. In May of 1987, per the Los Angeles Times, director John Landis, Dorcey Wingo, who was manning the helicopter, and three other men involved in the production were found not guilty of involuntary manslaughter charges brought after the crash. And in June of 1987, another Los Angeles Times article reported that civil suits against director Landis and others involved in the production were settled. According to Slate, the filmmakers admitted that they had disregarded child labor laws on the production. Still, because of the tragedy, Hollywood got a wakeup call regarding safety measures on sets and many of the systems still used today were put in motion. “The Twilight Zone accident created my job,” risk-management consultant Chris Palmer told Slate. "It was a sea change in the movie industry. No one in risk management was ever on set before then." West also told the magazine that when he returned to shoot The Innkeepers at The Yankee Pedlar, he directly experienced some strange happenings. "Lights have turned off and on by themselves in my room. My phone rang and no one was on the line, which the hotel staff says happens all the time," he said. "There are nights when I wake up in my room and it feels like somebody is in there." The plot of the film has nothing to do with the story that went viral in the early '00s, of a cabinet purchased on eBay that reportedly brought misfortune to everyone who handled it. The urban legend says that the source of the mishaps is the dybbuk — in Jewish folklore, an evil spirit that possesses the living. But the curse may have followed the box, regardless of the changes made for the movie. "I'm a skeptic, look I'm not going to lie. That being said, there was some weird goings on on set. Lots of light bulbs exploding," Morgan told Gizmodo. "Just overall kind of creepiness... 'Don't mock the box,' was sort of the mantra that we lived by while we were filming this." "The first day that the demon was shooting in full makeup, we brought the demon up in the elevator," producer Peter Safran recalled to THR. "He walks out and walks around to the green room to where we’re holding the talent, and just as he walks under — a giant glass light fixture is being followed by the actor playing the handyman of the building — and all of a sudden the entire glass light fixture falls down on his head, the janitor‘s head. And in the script the demon kills the janitor in that hallway. It was totally freaky." Because of all these freaky incidents, the filmmakers decided to take precautions for 2019's Annabelle Comes Home, asking a priest to bless the set. "Mr. Father Tom, who was our priest — he was very, very kind and nice and he gave me a rosary that was blessed by the Pope Francis," young actor McKenna Grace told reporters. "He brought holy water and he recited this prayer in the artifact room. And he blessed me and [co-stars] Madison [Inman] and Katie [Sarife] ... It was a really cool experience." Whether you believe in curses or not, these behind-the-scenes stories add a new level of creepiness to some horror classics.