Like people involved died violently and/or everything went went wrong?
"The Conquerer" (1956). The John Wayne film was shot in the desert in an area formerly used to test atomic missiles. A vast number of the actors and crew died of cancer in the following years. Worst of all, the movie sucked and was a huge bomb. Sad.
"Staying Alive" (1983). A total disaster for all involved.
Stallone's Glass Coffee Table
The Exorcist. All of the mysterious deaths and on-set malfunctions and injuries are notorious.
" Twilight Zone" is heads and shoulders below the others.
Casablanca (1942). Every major cast member has died.
Twilight Zone movie- Vic Morrow and those kids and the helicopter.
Christopher Reeve played the titular hero in the '70s and '80s Superman franchise (including "Superman: The Movie" and three sequels.) The actor was paralyzed from the neck down after being thrown from his horse in a cross country riding event in 1995, and subsequently died in 2004 due to heart failure stemming from his medical condition. But Reeve isn't the only person involved in the "Superman" films to face personal struggles. Margot Kidder, who played Lois Lane, suffered a bout of mental illness in 1996, and was found dazed and filthy, wandering the streets of Los Angeles. Richard Pryor, who appeared in "Superman III," died of multiple sclerosis only a few years later. Amazingly, this was not the only troubled retelling of the Superman story. George Reeves, who played the Man of Steel in the 1950s television program "Adventures of Superman," died at the age of 45 in 1959. The official finding was suicide, but some believe he was murdered or the victim of an accidental shooting.
Ill things have befallen the cast/crew of Poltergeist and Rosemary's Baby.
Also, The Crow.
Poltergeist. One of the daughters dead from murder, and other dead from a rare disease.
"The Omen" is a film about a couple raising a child that may in fact be the son of the Devil. (Shades of "Rosemary's Baby"!) So it's only natural that there would be some superstitious rumblings around the production to begin with. But the making of "The Omen" really was surrounded on all sides by tragedy.
Two months before filming was due to begin on the film, star Gregory Peck's son committed suicide. Later that year, when Peck was flying to London to make the movie, his plane was struck by lightening. As if that weren't enough? A few weeks later, executive producer Mace Neufeld was flying to London and his plane was ALSO struck by lightening. (I thought that wasn't supposed to strike twice!)
Neufeld's hotel was later bombed by the IRA, as was a restaurant where a number of the cast and crew were planning to dine. A tiger handler on the site was killed in a freak accident. Another plane hired to do aerial work on the film ended up crashing while working on another production, killing everyone on board.
Even after the film was finished, strange troubles and tragedies seemed to abound. Eight months after working on the film, special effects consultant and designer John Richardson suffered injuries in a head-on car collision in Holland that killed his assistant, Liz Moore. A road sign by the crash read: Ommen, 66.6 km. Richardson was in Holland working on the war film "A Bridge Too Far," along with a colleague from the set of "The Omen," stuntman Alf Joint. While performing a standard stunt on "A Bridge Too Far," jumping off of a rooftop into a large inflatable cushion below, Joint slipped awkwardly and was badly hurt. He later told friends he felt like he had been pushed.
Rumors of the curse of the "Omen" have abounded for years, and director Richard Donner, Neufeld and others associated with the film eventually spoke in interviews about the superstitions. Actor Harvey Stevens - who played young Damien in the movie - and Gregory Peck both refused to speak about the curse for the remainder of their careers.
"Rebel Without a Cause" introduced the world to a variety of young actors, many of whom would meet grim fates in the years following the film's release.
Most famously, the film's iconic star, James Dean, was killed while racing his Porsche 550 Spyder before the film’s release, at the age of 24. He would become one of the most recognizable and beloved actors of his generation, despite only ever making 3 films.
Dean’s co-star Natalie Wood, drowned amidst unusual circumstances in November of 1981. She and her husband, actor Robert Wagner, and their friend, the actor Christopher Walken, had gone to Catalina Island for a weekend, and were staying on the Wagners' yacht (The Splendour). Sometime during the night, it's thought that Wood awoke and attempted to get off of the boat, causing her to slip and fall, and eventually drown. (Her body was found floating face down nearby, wearing a jacket, nightgown and socks.) A witness from another yacht later recalled hearing Wood calling for help, only to be ignored by someone else on the boat. The death was deemed an accidental drowning, but suspicions of foul play have always surrounded the case, and Wood's sister Lana has made attempts to get the LA County Sheriff's Department to reopen the investigation.
Another "Rebel" actor, Sal Mineo, died five years before Wood, after being stabbed to death in an alley in West Hollywood, California. He was 37.
Finally, in a last bizarre twist on the "Rebel" curse story, Beverly Hills orthopedic surgeon Troy McHenry fitted his own car with parts from the Porsche Spyder in which James Dean had died. A year later, he too was killed, when his Porsche Spyder hit a tree.
"Poltergeist" - The girls who played the daughters both died rather tragically.
[quote] "Poltergeist" - The girls who played the daughters both died rather tragically.
How do you know R12?
I remember wondering why Heather O'Rourke suddenly had huge cheeks in the third Poltergeist movie. Creepy to know now that it was due to her being misdiagnosed and given unnecessary meds that did nothing to prevent her death from intestinal stenosis.
Donny & Marie, and Little Jimmy too
I agree "The Conqueror" takes the prize given how many people working on it clearly were exposed on the set to deadly radiation that later killed them of cancer.
"James Dean, was killed while racing his Porsche 550 Spyder...."
EGADS. It's ONLY one of the most famous NON-RACING car crashes ever.
JD was driving his Porsche TO the race-track; he was on a regular road when he was hit.
I cursed and called Tina all kinds of 'bitches' in 'What's Love Got To Do With It.'
ALL ABOUT EVE features a triple suicide cast:
the poor girl who plays Phoebe at the end
Terry Gilliam's Don Quixote film.
Where's the Heath Ledger troll?
"The Boys in the Band".
Complications of Aids claimed most of the actors.
R13 is weird.
Re Omen: Lightening striking a plane is neither rare nor at all dangerous. They fly around in the sky, they're made of metal, which, as I hope we all know, makes them extremely safe for passengers when hit by a lightening. It's not even an issue.
There are no street signs about something being "66.6" km away. It would likely be a round number and NEVER a comma. Unless the sign itself was a joke...? I don't buy it.
But I've got to be honest, I would not like to be involved in a movie about demons and such.
The Misfits. The final film for Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe.
Christ, you assholes have short memories.
QUEEN KELLY, obviously.
I think "The Conqueror" wins. I read that by a count of cast and crew in the late 70s/early 80s, over 90 had or had died of cancer.
Including Wayne, Susan Hayward and Agnes Morehead.
Yeah, I agree with r1 and r26: The Conqueror absolutely wins. I'd never heard of the film or the atomic-testing-linked cancer deaths until this thread; just read the wiki page on the cancer controversy and its amazing (and terrible).
R10, what exactly is the Omen "curse"? No one of any importance related to the film died, and as for those who suffered injury in accidents well after shooting wrapped? I'm sure I can find similar anecdotes involving people linked to Queen Latifah's "Last Holiday". CURSED!
[quote]The John Wayne film was shot in the desert in an area formerly used to test atomic missiles. A vast number of the actors and crew died of cancer in the following years.
Of course the fact that they were all chain-smokers I'm sure had nothing at all to do with their cancer.
R25 we don't have short memories. It's just none of us are 122 years old.
R28, your post might have been interesting if you had any anecdotes to share.
"Birth of a Nation"
The ENTIRE cast AND crew are DEAD. Every SINGLE ONE of them.
Hard to believe no one has mentioned Apocalypse Now
"Xanadu"-it flat out killed Gene Kelly whilst killing the movie careers of OLivia Newton John and Michael Beck.
What about something Jean Harlow was involved in?
R29, all of Old Hollywood was a circle jerk of excessive smoking, drinking, and fucking (all varieties), but there is a disproportionate number of cast and crew in The Conqueror who died of cancer roughly within 20 years of filming in 1955. John Wayne lasted the longest by far (1979) and was admittedly a very heavy smoker. Hayward's (1975) and Moorehead’s (1974) smoking habits I don’t know about, although the latter died of metastasized uterine cancer and not lung cancer as was widely reported for years. Third-billed Pedro Armendariz killed himself in 1963 after learning he had cancer. Director Dick Powell also died of cancer in 1963. So cancer took out the director and the first four actors. To me this looks like more than coincidence.
Not a film, but a lot of the principal actors on Bewitched died premature deaths. Elizabeth Montgomery (62), Dick Sargent (64), the aforementioned Agnes Moorehead, whose mother lived to 106 years old (73), and Alice Pearce (48), all of cancer. Paul Lynde (55) and Dick York (63). Admittedly, York was a heavy smoker and died of emphysema.
Those of you who are all over Poltergeist, this is from Will Sampson’s (died at 53) Imdb profile:
"He is said to be the third victim of the legendary "Poltergeist Curse". Sampson starred in Poltergeist II: The Other Side (1986), and during filming he allegedly claimed that the production was haunted. He supposedly used Native American rituals to bless sets and locations to stave off the curse. Regardless, the legend holds that he became another victim of the curse, dying of complications during heart and lung surgery a year after the film's release. Other supposed victims of the curse include Dominique Dunne, who was murdered shortly after the release of Poltergeist (1982), Julian Beck who died of stomach cancer during filming of Poltergeist II, and Heather O'Rourke, who died of complications from Crohn's Disease before Poltergeist III (1988) was released."
Lucy killed everyone of her songs.
The real Miss Herman knows that "everyone" is quite a different thing from "every one," you illiterate Ball basher you.
People are misunderstanding this thread. It is about "cursed" films that were cursed during the filming, not decades later as misfortune fell on participants.
The Crow and The Omen films....
I would say by the correct standard, Apocalypse Now has to be up there. Hurricanes, lead actor has heart attack, the Brando situation, director has breakdown, etc. Gilliam's Don Quixote picture is also up there.
Several truckloads of very radioactive dirt from the location shooting for The Conqueror was also trucked back to the studio where it was used for soundstage shots. It was later dumped on the backlot.
[quote]Dr. Robert Pendleton, professor of biology at the University of Utah, stated, "With these numbers, this case could qualify as an epidemic. The connection between fallout radiation and cancer in individual cases has been practically impossible to prove conclusively. But in a group this size you'd expect only 30-some cancers to develop. With 91, I think the tie-in to their exposure on the set of The Conqueror would hold up in a court of law." Indeed, several cast and crew members, as well as relatives of those who died, considered suing the government for negligence, claiming it knew more about the hazards in the area than it let on.
Didn't an actual nuke test happen near the location while they were filming?
"Elevator Girls in Bondage." The entire cast other than the transvestites were killed in disgustingly brutal murders before the film was released. One guy was stabbed to death with push-pins.
Casino Royale, the David Niven version, has to be on any list. 5 directors, an army of writers, no control whatsoever, a cast that was as much whoever was in town and looking for drinking money as anything else, Peter Sellers going insane--well, read the Wikipedia and judge for yourself: