Horror movies are scary by nature – but horror movies with cursed settings? After being scared by demons and ghosts, the last thing most fans want to read is that that movie you just watched had some serious repercussions for those involved. But for some horror movies, it is.
It is therefore not surprising that priests are often called upon to bless these sets. No one wants to invite evil into their life, but for these cast and crew members, that’s exactly what happened. These films are not only terrifying to watch; according to those involved in the production, they were also terrifying to work with.
Based on Ira Levin’s bestselling novel of the same name, Rosemary’s baby is Roman Polanski’s Oscar-nominated horror about a pregnant young woman named Rosemary (Mia Farrow), who believes her elderly neighbors are part of a cult out to sacrifice her baby. Famous for influencing the Satanic subgenre, Rosemary’s baby leaves another legacy as one of the most cursed movie sets in history.
The first to be struck by the curse was film composer Krzysztof Komeda, who was at a party when his friend accidentally pushed him over a cliff. Komeda suffered brain damage from the fall and fell into a four-month coma from which he never recovered, echoing the death of Rosemary Hutch’s friend in the film. Producer William Castle was next to be hit when he was hospitalized with severe kidney stones and hallucinating scenes from the film, shouting, “Rosemary, for God’s sake, drop the knife.” But most affected by the curse was the director himself, whose wife, Sharon Tate, was brutally murdered by the Manson family while pregnant with their baby in 1969. Tate is rumored to appear as the character background in the film and became obsessed. with the occult during its production.
From director William Friedkin and writer William Peter Blatty, The Exorcist follows 12-year-old Regan (Linda Blair) who becomes possessed by a demonic entity after using a Ouija board. Her mother, Chris (Ellen Burstyn), notices her strange behavior and calls in two priests to perform an exorcism. One of the scariest (and highest-grossing) horror movies of all time (it was the first horror movie ever nominated for a Best Picture Oscar) The Exorcist must have had a cursed history.
The first sign of trouble came in 1972 when the decor of Regan’s family home burned down after a bird flew into the circuit box. The disaster set back production massively and unsettled the crew, as the only room that survived the fire was the chamber used for the exorcism scenes. During production, Blair and Burstyn complained of back problems, and while that’s not too unusual, the deaths of their co-stars Jack MacGowran and Vasiliki Maliaros in post-production is. Their two characters die in the film, and they aren’t the only actors who died before its release either: seven others died during filming, and a journalist even died at the hands of an actor playing a nurse.
Another Oscar-nominated horror, that of Richard Donner the omen follows American diplomat Robert Thorn (Gregory Peck), who decides to adopt orphan Damien (Harvey Spencer Stephens) after his wife, Katherine (Lee Remick), gives birth to a stillborn child. As Damien ages and people begin to die around him, Robert investigates the boy’s past and fears he may be the Antichrist.
The cast and crew of the omen had numerous near-death experiences during the making of the film. A stuntman was violently attacked by a Rottweiler; three times the planes of Peck, producer Mace Neufeld and screenwriter David Seltzer were struck by lightning; producer Harvey Bernhard was on location in Rome when he himself was nearly struck by lightning; and Peck narrowly escaped a robbery that ended up killing everyone on board. And that’s not even the worst. Special effects designer John Richardson was working on another film when he and his wife Liz Moore had a head-on collision. Richardson survived the crash, but Moore was decapitated by a flying tire and left with injuries similar to those Richardson had prepared for. ThePresage actor David Warner. Even stranger, Richardson recalls a sign at the crash site indicating the town of Ommen was 66.6 kilometers away.
Directed by Tobe Hooper, Fighting spirit follows an ordinary family living in California, whose home is plagued by demonic ghosts. The Freelings – made up of Steve (Craig T. Nelson), Diane (JoBeth Williams), Dana (Dominique Dunne), Robbie (Oliver Robins) and Carol Anne (Heather O’Rourke) – first turn a blind eye to the supernatural se happens, but when young Carol Anne goes missing, they turn to a parapsychologist for help.
In addition to three Oscar nominations, Fighting spirit received a bucket of blame for the tragedies that followed its making. The first actor to die was Dunne, who was murdered by her ex-boyfriend a few months after the film was released. Then, in 1985, actor Julian Beck died of stomach cancer; and in 1987 actor Will Sampson died of postoperative kidney failure. But the most famous victim of the curse was O’Rourke (Carol Anne herself), who died in 1988 – just before Poltergeist III filming completed— of congenital stenosis. During a deposition, special effects makeup artist Craig Reardon testified that real skeletons were used in the film, which many believe caused the death curse.
The first film in the highest-grossing horror franchise of all time, James Wan Conspiracy Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga play true paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, on a mission here to help the Perron family. After Carolyn (Lili Taylor) and Roger Perron (Ron Livingston) move into a remote farmhouse with their five daughters, the family is haunted by an evil entity. and when this entity clings to one of them, they get into serious trouble.
As if Conspiracy Being based on a true story isn’t scary enough, the reports from the cast members are scary. Joey King, who plays Christine, was covered in bruises after a few weeks of filming, despite not performing any stunts; Farmiga would frequently wake up between the “devil’s hour” of 3–4 a.m. on set and find claw marks on his thigh and laptop; and several people, including producer Rob Cowan, saw moving objects in Warren’s artifact room. But the weirdest thing to happen on set involves one of Perron’s original daughters, who told screenwriter Chad Hayes, “something really bad is going to happen here today.” Sure enough, later that day, the girl’s elderly mother fell and broke her hip so badly she needed surgery. Talk about scary premonitions.
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