Tragic coincidence or curse? Call it what you will; the fact that all of these films turned into real life horror fests is worthy of an eyebrow raise.
So read on if you daaaaaare! Or if you’d just like to find out what kind of sunglasses God wears, because that’s totally in here too.
5. Twilight Zone: The Movie
The original Twilight Zone was one of the greatest shows ever created. Rod Serling eloquently smoked his way into our black and white nightmares, and America ate it up. In 1982, it was announced that filming would begin on a Twilight Zone movie. Fans were elated (and enraged), and a classic was to be reintroduced to a new generation.
However, things didn’t quite go as planned…
John Landis was charged with filming a segment of the film titled ‘Time Out’. In the usual vein of Twilight Zone lore, it was to be about a man learning a lesson about racism and prejudice by being forced to live the lives of those he showed hatred toward. He was to be a Jew in occupied France during WWII, an African-American in the rural south being lynched by the Ku Klux Klan, and finally a Vietnamese man during the Vietnam war.
Actor Vic Morrow was cast to play the main character, with Myca Din-Le and Renee Shin-Yi playing two Vietnamese children that he is attempting to save from the warfare. At 2:20am on July 23, 1982, the scene began filming in the dark in Ventura County, CA.
Morrow was to carry the children across a river while a helicopter flew toward them, with explosions going off all around them. Landis told the helicopter pilot to fly lower and lower until the helicopter hovered just about 20 feet above the water. Two giant controlled explosions went off and somehow the pilot lost control. Chaos ensued, the crew began to flee, Morrow lost his grip on Renee who was in turn crushed by the helicopter. Then, the blades of the helicopter decapitated Morrow and young Myca.
After Landis realized what had happened, an announcement was made:
“Leave your equipment where it is. Everyone go home. Please, everyone go home!”
The cameras had been rolling the entire time. The film has since been destroyed. The only remaining is the above picture of the crime scene.
What makes this tragedy even eerier is that, early on in his career, Morrow was in a movie called ‘Dirty Mary Crazy Larry’. In the film, his character is asked to fly a helicopter. His reply:
“I’m not getting up in the helicopter, I have a premonition that I’m going to get killed in a helicopter crash.”