These are the most cursed movies ever made. It isn’t unusual for movie productions to have setbacks. However, sometimes the cast and crew for a film face so many horrific tragedies that they begin to believe that the production may be cursed. Below, read about 10 cursed movies that gave the cast and crew way more than they bargained for.
10. The Passion of the Christ
The Passion of the Christ was no stranger to controversy. However, numerous accidents on set led many of the actors to believe they were working on the set of one of the most cursed movies they would ever be involved with. Some even believed that the mishaps were signs from God that the movie shouldn’t be made.
Perhaps the most unusual accident on the set of this film is shocking simply because of the odds: the star of the movie and its assistant director were both struck by lightning. The odds of this happening twice during filming must be astronomical.
In addition to the lightning, the film’s star, Jim Caviezel, suffered from numerous other unexpected injuries. He came down with hypothermia and pneumonia, dislocated a shoulder, and was accidentally hit with a real whip during one scene. The actor playing Jesus certainly seemed to have a dark cloud following him during this film.
9. The Wizard of Oz
The Wizard of Oz may seem like a wholesome family movie, but many of the actors described the set as hellish. Judy Garland, the lead in the movie, later claimed that she worked a grueling schedule, only allowed one meal per day and fed barbiturates to keep going. She ended up addicted and died of an overdose at age 47. Certainly, The Wizard of Oz was a cursed movie for her.
Although Garland’s suffering can be blamed on those running the set, other incidents are certainly eerier. For example, both of the actors who took on the role of the Tin Man suffered from painful allergic reactions to the silver makeup. The first actor was even hospitalized. Additionally, the actress playing the Wicked Witch suffered from severe burns and several of the actors playing flying monkeys were injured when the wire that allowed them to “fly” snapped.
According to those who have worked on movies in the Superman franchise, the role of the Man of Steel carries a terrible curse. The actors in many of the cursed movies in the franchise suffered unfortunate consequences after taking the role.
The first two actors to wear the cape, Kirk Alyn and George Reeves, struggled to find work after acting in the Superman movies. These struggles drove both of them to depression. The next Man of Steel, Christopher Reeve, also struggled to find other roles. However, the Superman curse hit him harder; in 1995, he was paralyzed after being thrown from a horse. He later died from a heart attack brought on by routine antibiotics.
Perhaps the biggest tragedy was Lee John Quigley, who played an infant Superman in 1978. He was often bullied, which led him to abuse solvents. He died at age 14 as a result of this addiction.
Poltergeist was certainly a creepy movie franchise, but was it cursed? Many of the people involved in creating the series seem to think so. Two members of the film’s cast died while the series was being made. This may not seem like much to base a curse on, but the fact that the two actresses were so young makes their untimely deaths seem too eerie for coincidence.
Dominique Dunne died at age 22 when her ex-boyfriend strangled her. Heather O’Rourke, the lead child actress in all three films in the franchise, died unexpectedly because of complications when she had a bowel obstruction. She was 12 when she died.
6. Rosemary’s baby
Some call Rosemary’s Baby one of the most cursed movies ever made. Unlike many of the other films on this list, the tragedies didn’t begin until after the movie was made. However, after filming ended, those working on the film suffered misfortune after misfortune.
Krzysztof Komeda, the film’s composer, died after falling onto rocks at a party; this accident mirrors one of the deaths that the film portrayed. The next year, producer William Castle was hospitalized with kidney stones that were so severe he began hallucinating; his hallucinations were of scenes from the film. Even Ira Levin, who wrote the novel on which the movie was based, suffered. His marriage fell apart and he spent the remainder of his life feeling guilty and afraid of the book he had written.
However, the most horrifying tragedy struck the film’s director, Roman Polanski. His pregnant wife was brutally murdered by members of the Manson family. Many blame Satanic influences for the activities of the Mansons.
5. The Crow
The Crow is one of the cursed movies on this list that you may already know something about. The film is famous because actor Brandon Lee tragically died in an accident on set. The film used multiple types of guns and ammunition. One day, a propmaster loaded a prop gun with blanks but didn’t check the chamber. A real bullet was still inside, so when the gun was fired, Lee was shot with a real bullet. He died from his injuries.
Lee’s death wasn’t the only problem on set. Two crew members were electrocuted; thankfully, both survived. A truck on the set caught fire and no one could explain why. A stuntman fell through a roof and broke several ribs. A sculptor drove his car into the set, almost destroying it. Finally, a member of the art department was injured by having their hand impaled with a screwdriver. Clearly, the set of The Crow was not a lucky place to be.
4. The Exorcist
The events in The Exorcist have terrified audiences for years, but some who worked on the set believe that the entire production was cursed. Problems began early for the film when the set caught fire before production even began. The room that was to be Regan’s in the film was the only place that was untouched.
During filming, actress Ellen Burstyn was injured when the possessed Regan threw her to the ground. Actress Linda Blair also injured her back during filming when a piece of rigging broke. Additionally, during post-production actors Jack MacGowran and Vasiliki Maliaros died suddenly (as did their characters in the movie).
The curse continued after the movie was released. Linda Blair received so many death threats that she needed bodyguards. Additionally, the film was so scary that one viewer passed out, breaking her jaw, and later sued the production company.
3. The Conqueror
Of all of the cursed movies on this list, none have taken quite the same toll as The Conqueror. Unlike many of the other films on the list, you may not have heard of The Conqueror. This film is often ranked as one of the worst movies ever made. Certainly, the cast and crew who suffered from its tragic curse would have reason to think so.
The Conqueror was shot in 1956. By 1981, 91 of the 220 cast and crew members had developed some form of cancer. 46 died from the disease. Several of the crew’s family members who had visited the set also suffered from cancer in the years following filming.
Were these illnesses the result of some supernatural force that had a beef with this film? Many involved in the film seem to think so. However, there is actually a less eerie explanation. The location where the film was shot had previously been used for nuclear testing. Therefore, the illnesses the crew experienced were most likely the result of exposure to radiation. Still, radiation sickness is certainly a curse that none of the cast and crew could have expected to face.
You’ve probably never heard of Atuk; that’s because this film was so cursed that it was never made. The screenplay was written in the 1970s, and numerous people have tried to get the film made. However, according to some, the screenplay for this film kills any actor who expresses interest in filming it.
John Belushi was the first to volunteer for the film. Shortly after, he was found dead of a drug overdose. Next, Sam Kinison took on the role, actually filming a few scenes, before dying in a car accident. John Candy was next, dying of heart attack shortly after being approached about the film. Chris Farley was prepared to work on the film before dying of a drug overdose, as was Phil Hartman just before being murdered by his wife.
1. The Omen
The Omen was another satanic film that many believe was targeted by Lucifer himself. It makes sense that it would top the list of the most cursed movies ever made. The tragedies began shortly before filming when the star’s son unexpectedly committed suicide. Then, two planes carrying crew members on their way to the set were hit by lightning. During filming, two animal handlers were attacked by their charges; one of them was killed.
Tragedies occured off-set as well. Producer Mace Neufeld was involved in bombings not once, but twice, while working on the film. First, his hotel was bombed, and then a bomb struck a restaurant where he was eating.
The most horrifying incident occurred after the film wrapped. The special effects consultant who created many of the gruesome on-screen deaths was killed in a car accident not long after filming ended. The scary part is that his body was cut in half during the accident, reflecting one of the brutal deaths that he crafted while working on The Omen. To make it even creepier, the accident took place right next to a road sign leading to the dutch town of ‘Ommen’, which was 66.6 kms away.
There’s our look at the most cursed movies ever made. Are any of these cursed movies on your favourites list? Let us know in the comments section below.