Posted May 17, 2012 by Dan Clay in Features
 
 

Cursed Movies


With the Cannes Film Festival in full swing and allowing all those in attendance to bask in glorious sunshine it seems that even dark things happen on the Croisette. British horror movie The Lucifer Effect is debuting this week at the festival, but it almost was a film destined to never see the light of day. Last year the film, about ‘The Lucifer Effect’ a psychological condition that sees good people turn bad when given power over others, was said to be cursed due to various incidents pertaining to the cast and crew. It’s not the first film that has been rumoured to suffer from bad luck. Dan Clay takes a look at some cursed productions.

With the Cannes Film Festival in full swing and allowing all those in
attendance to bask in glorious sunshine it seems that even dark things happen
on the Croisette. British horror
movie The Lucifer Effect is debuting this week at the festival, but it almost
was a film destined to never see the light of day. Last year the film, about ‘The Lucifer Effect’ a
psychological condition that sees good people turn bad when given power over
others, was said to be cursed due to various incidents pertaining to the cast
and crew. It’s not the first film
that has been rumoured to suffer from bad luck. Dan Clay takes a look at some cursed productions.

It’s often said some movie are
‘cursed’, with strange deaths, accidents and problems casting a shadow over
their production. Here’s Filmjuice’s guide to the 13 unluckiest films.

Poltergeist (1982) (Main Picture)
Probably the most famous of all the supposed
‘cursed movies’ Poltergeist’s
trilogy left with it a trail of odd destruction. Four cast members, including
lead star Heather O’ Rourke died
within a six year period, while several stars reported spooky goings on during filming,
blaming the use of real skeletal remains used as props as a potential cause.

The Exorcist (1973)
More famous now for being Mark Kermode’s film of choice, this
classic shocker is riddled with tales of crew members dying shortly after
production, illness befalling anyone who watched it during screenings and even
a damaging lightning strike during the Italian premiere. Some have claimed
these tales were released by the studio as publicity stunts. You’ll have to
make up your own mind.

The Crow (1994)
Well known now for being Brandon Lee’s last film, the fact that he was killed on set by a dummy
bullet has given the film a rather macabre ‘cursed’ tag. Alongside that tragedy
several crew members were injured during the shoot and fires held up production
several times.

The Misfits (1961)
An odd choice yes, but this Monroe/Gable flick from the ‘60s
culminated in an overdose by Monroe during filming, a heart attack for Clark
Gable the day it ended and the death of the three leads not long after.

The Omen (1976) – Spooky goings on during this film’s troubled
production include the entire cast coming down with flu during filming, the
death of some crew members in a plane crash and lightning strikes on Gregory Peck and David Seltzer’s separate planes too.

Superman (1978)
Apparently the titular stars are cursed,
something the deaths of Christopher
Reeve, George Reeves
and Bud Collyer
have all added weight to. Should Dean
Cain
, Brandon Routh and Henry Cavill be worried? Are films Superman’s real Kryptonite?

Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
Often considered one of the most ‘cursed’
movies of all times, this Roman Polanski
horror film suffered the death of the movie’s composer and producer not long
after release and the murder of the director’s wife and unborn child by Charles
Manson the year after.

Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983)
A very odd occurrence here saw a
helicopter crash on set which killed three cast members including two child
actors who were working illegally on set

The Passion of the Christ (2004)
Mel Gibson’s hugely successful movie wasn’t entirely protected by
the divine. Star Jim Caviezel was
struck by lightning during filming, suffered hypothermia, a dislocated shoulder
and pneumonia all while playing Christ.

Apocalypse Now (1979)
Well documented in the 1991 documentary Hearts of Darkness: A Film-maker’s
Apocalypse
on-set problems here included flash floods (the movie was filmed
during the monsoon season) star Martin Sheen
suffering a heart attack and, to cap it all, the troublesome Marlon Brando!

Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
Famous for being James Dean’s last movie (the star died
aged 24 not long after completion), other cast members also passed away before
their time including Natalie Wood, Sal
Mineo
and Nick Adams – all
before turning 40.

The Thing (1982)
John
Carpenter’s
classic sci-fi horror movie was beset by its ‘cursed’
production apparently. Star Kurt Russell was injured during an
explosion, while some of the set burnt down when director Carpenter
accidentally set off a detonation.

James Bond (1962-2012)
Even a super spy isn’t immune to the curse
it seems. While several stuntmen have been injured during production of the 23
Bond movies. Not surprising you might think given the number of films and the
jaw-dropping scale of some of the set pieces, but it came to a head on Casino Royale when production was
halted after a fourth stuntman was injured. In recent years Daniel Craig sliced a finger, Halle Berry was nearly blinded and Pierce Brosnan was scarred by a bullet
fragment.


Dan Clay