Many horror films in Hollywood are rumored to have been haunted during filming. From cast members dying unexpectedly on-set to getting struck by lightning, there are some freaky coincidences that seem to backup those rumors. Here are 10 cursed horror movies.
Released in 1982, the original Poltergeist, directed by Tobe Hooper and produced by Spielberg, was an instant success and is considered to be a masterpiece of American horror cinema. The movie revolves around a suburban family who move into a new home and begin to notice strange things surrounding their young daughter. The movie is widely believed to be cursed due to several real-life tragedies involving the untimely death of co-stars Heather O’Rourke (who played little girl Carol-Anne) and Dominique Dunne (who played older sister Dana). O’Rourke passed away due to a medical misdiagnosis, while Dunne was murdered by her boyfriend. One of the most famous scenes features JoBeth Williams’s character, Diane, falling into the family’s pool, and it’s filled with skeletons. Those skeletons are actually real. Many believe the curse was sparked by the use of real human skeletons as props. On a less tragic note, JoBeth Williams claimed that each night she returned home from the set of the original Poltergeist, the pictures hanging on her walls were crooked.
2. The Omen
Fans and theorists believe that the strange real-life deaths and accidents linked to Richard Donner’s The Omen were the work of the antichrist, around whom the movie plot revolved. Several people linked to the film were involved in a car crash, including the director. Star Peck and screenwriter David Seltzer were aboard planes struck by lightning, while producer Harvey Bernhard was almost struck by lightning in Rome. Peck almost boarded a flight during a trip to Israel (one of the locations during the shoot) that crashed and killed everyone. John Richardson, the special effects consultant, was responsible for creating the movie’s epic death scenes. While working on his next production in Holland, A Bridge Too Far, Richardson was involved in a crash that killed his girlfriend/assistant, Liz Moore. The gruesome incident, which happened on Friday the 13th in 1976, mirrors one of The Omen’s most violent scenes — also a decapitation.