Horror films can be terrifying. However, in some cases, what happened on horror movie sets was more terrifying than in the fictional films they produced. In fact, during the filming of many of the biggest and most successful horror films of all time, a number of truly strange and horrifying things occurred. However, there is no disputing the facts of what occurred in the following list of ten terrifying events that occurred on horror movie sets.
10. The Possession
The 2012 film The Possession is a strange horror film about Judaism, rabbis, and a cursed Dybbuk box that attaches itself to a young girl. Jeffrey Dean Morgan, one of the film’s stars, felt uneasy on the set of The Possession. The most terrifying incident occurred when the storage facility caught fire and burned down. An investigation into the fire determined that it was not caused by arson or an electrical fault.
9. The Exorcism of Emily Rose
Jennifer Carpenter, star of Dexter, revealed that the radio in her hotel room would mysteriously turn on and off while filming The Exorcism of Emily Rose in 2005. And every time the radio came on, it played the Pearl Jam song “Alive.” The cast and crew were so bothered by the incidents that they eventually had the radios removed from their hotel rooms.
8. The Conjuring
The film The Conjuring is based on the true story of the Perron family. A strong wind came up and seemed to swirl around the Perron family on set once. The hotel where the actors and crew were staying caught fire, forcing everyone to flee. The film’s director, James Wan, recalls working late one evening in his office when his dog began growling at something, but Wan couldn’t think of anything that would annoy the dog.
7. Twilight Zone: The Movie
Vic Morrow, the late father of Jennifer Jason Leigh, was killed on the set of The Twilight Zone in 1983. What makes this tragedy even more bizarre is that Morrow predicted his own death. A helicopter crashed and decapitated Morrow while filming a scene for The Twilight Zone.
6. The Amityville Horror
This film was remade in 2005, with Ryan Reynolds taking over the role originally played by Brolin. A dead body washed up on the shore near the movie set just before filming began. Reynolds, along with the rest of the cast and crew, kept waking up at 3:15 a.m. every morning while filming the movie. This also happened to be the time when the real-life murders occurred during the events of The Amityville Horror.
The events that occurred to the cast of the 1982 film Poltergeist are truly tragic. Heather O’Rourke and Dominique Dunne both died while working on the Poltergeist movie series. O’Rourke died on the operating table at the age of 12 years. A day after the first film’s release, Dunne was murdered by an ex-boyfriend.
4. The Exorcist
The Exorcist, widely regarded as the most famous horror film of all time and a seminal film of the 1970s, is said to be cursed. There were certainly a lot of creepy events on the set. These included Jack MacGowran, who played Burke Dennings in the film, passing away unexpectedly, a special effects worker, and a security guard passing away while the film was being made, and the entire set burning down for no apparent reason and having to be rebuilt.
3. Rosemary’s Baby
During filming, producer William Castle received an anonymous letter in which he was told he would “slowly rot during a long and painful illness.” Soon after, Castle collapsed and had surgery to address a problem that would plague him for months. But that isn’t all. Krzysztof Komeda, who composed the film’s musical score, died of a brain hematoma after falling off an escarpment.
Psycho terrified people back in 1960, but an incident on the set rivaled anything put into the finished film. Myra Jones was murdered on the set while the film was being made. Kenneth Dean Hunt, a handyman who was also working on the film, committed the murder and then told police he did it to impress director Alfred Hitchcock.
1. The Omen
The Omen is a horror genre classic and one of the most popular and influential films of the 1970s. The son of lead actor Gregory Peck committed suicide just as filming began, and an airplane carrying Peck and the film’s executive producer was struck by lightning in a separate incident. The crew had decided to fly from one film location to another in a private plane. However, shortly after takeoff with a number of crew members on board, something went wrong and the plane crashed onto a road, colliding with a car. Everyone involved in the accident died.