3. Rosemary’s Baby
Roman Polanski’s ROSEMARY’S BABY deserves its own entry in the history of cursed films. The story of an unsuspecting woman falling victim to a cabal of Satanists is among the most haunting films ever made, but the deaths and strange occurrences surrounding its production might be even scarier than the movie itself. Producer William Castle received threatening letters following the film’s release. One read: “Bastard. Believer of Witchcraft. Worshipper at the Shrine of Satanism. My prediction is you will slowly rot during a long and painful illness which you have brought upon yourself.” Castle started suffered from debilitating health issues following that, which convinced him the movie was cursed. During one emergency room visit, he reportedly screamed: “Rosemary, for God’s sake, drop the knife!” He also said, “The story of Rosemary’s Baby was happening in life. Witches, all of them, were casting their spell, and I was becoming one of the principal players.” But perhaps the most horrific real life incidents to happen surrounding this movie was the murder of director Roman Polanski’s wife Sharon Tate, who was pregnant at the time, along with her three friends by members of the Manson Family.
4. The Exorcist
Released in 1973, The Exorcist was acclaimed as a masterpiece, the scariest movie of all time and one of the most controversial films ever made. It is about a mother who has her daughter exorcised after becoming convinced she is possessed. There are tales of nine deaths among the crew during the shoot, as well as a fire which destroyed the set. However, they’ve been called into question with claims the movie studio played on the rumours to drum up interest. Lead star Ellen Burstyn hinted some of these things did happen in her autobiography though. The strange activity continued after the movie was shot, with many fainting, passing out and/or vomiting upon its theatrical release. Probably most strange was when the film made it’s premier at the Metropolitan Theater in Rome. The theater stood a short distance from two 16th-century churches, each adorned with massive crosses. As audience members filed in, torrential lightning and rain pounded the area, and shortly before the start of the film a horrendous sound was heard from outside. What was discovered was that one of the crosses, eight feet long and over 400 years old, had been struck by lightning and landed in the center of the plaza below.