Most of us like to sit on the sofa with a bowl of popcorn, maybe a beer or two, and watch a good movie. However, sometimes the background stories, legends, and origins of the films are at least as interesting as the finished product. Whether it's curses, films based on "true" events or not, or even films that have predicted to be shocking, the stories behind the stories are usually self-contained. Here are just ten of them …
See also: The 10 scariest scenes in films
10 Three men and a baby (and a ghost that wasn't)
The scene in question is just over an hour in the film and contains Ted Danson (Jack) and Celeste Holm (his mother). When they walk through their apartment with Holm, who is carrying the baby, one sees a strange figure standing by the window and peeking through the curtains was the ghost of a boy who had killed himself in the apartment by throwing himself out of the window would have. The story went that the grieving family left the apartment soon afterwards and, since it was without a tenant, it was rented to the film company for filming.
Shortly after the stories started to circulate, another eagle-eyed observer indicated that about thirty seconds before the boy appeared, he discovered a rifle in the same window. Suddenly the story began to change – the boy had committed suicide by shooting himself at the window.
The Disney studios felt it necessary to make a statement about the scene after interest and theories about the alleged ghost increased. They claimed that the "boy" was a cardboard cutout from Jack, who is an actor in the film, from one of his performances. It had just stopped by the window and the angle from which it was shot made it look smaller than it was. This was the same thing they said with the "gun" that was discovered – it was actually one of the prop's arms. In addition, the scenes inside the apartment were actually shot on the set and not on location. In short, there was no boy who committed suicide there – there simply was no boy at all!
However, some people did not accept the explanation from the studios and stated that the prop and the "boy" looked completely different. The legend of the ghost at the window continues, at least for some.
9 The Poltergeist Films – Strange Deaths and Premonitions
The Poltergeist Films are perhaps some of the better known films that are said to be cursed. Not least because in the years after the first film was released in 1982, several actors died prematurely.
Less than six months after the first film was released, Dominique Dunne played the eldest daughter of the Freeling family, was strangled to death by her ex-boyfriend – he was eventually found guilty of voluntary manslaughter. She was just twenty-two years old. In the following years Julian Beck (who played Henry Kane) and Will Sampson (who played Taylor) died of stomach cancer and kidney failure. Two years later, Heather O & # 39; Rourke, who played the young girl Carol, died suddenly on February 1, 1988, at the age of just twelve.
Some people believe that the curse comes from the decision to make real skeletons for them Using scene where Carol (played by JoBeth Williams) desperately tries to escape the unfinished swimming pool in the courtyard, where skeletons rise from the mud due to heavy rainfall. In order to keep costs down, it was decided that using real skeletons is much cheaper than making multiple fake skeletons. Some have stated that it is this "disregard" of the dead that led to the film being cursed. This would be quite ironic, since the film's plot is very similar.
Perhaps the most creepy aspect of the alleged curse of Poltergeist films is the Super Bowl XXII poster, which is shown several times during the year, the first film. Super Bowl XXII was finally played in San Diego on January 31, 1988. Also on that day, after suffering from flu all week, Heath O & # 39; Rourke was hospitalized with persistent vomiting before losing her life the following day. 19659015] 8 Dark Waters – Accidental murder in eight years in the future
The horror film Dark Waters, released in 2005, tells the story of a tragic young girl who drowned in the water tank on top of the house where she lived. However, her body has been undetected for some time, and as it slowly decomposes, the residents of the apartment building complain about bad-tasting water.
Almost eight years later, in February 2013, the body of Elisa Lam was discovered in the water tower of the Cecil Hotel in Los Angeles. She had been missing for almost three weeks. As in the film, before the body was discovered, hotel guests had complained that the water did not smell or taste as it should. It was also a strange color.
Elisa Lam's murder is troubling and interesting in itself – and even more unsolved. Although she was almost certainly murdered, there is still a possibility that her death was a tragic accident or even suicide.
7 The Amityville Horror – Cast affected by the real events.
The Amityville Horror based. The true events can be discussed very openly, although what actually happened and which parts were embellished. What is very real are the murders of the DeFoe family in their house at 112 Ocean Avenue by the eldest son, Ronnie DeFoe, who went quietly from room to room and executed his siblings and parents in November 1974.
George and Kathy Lutz bought the property. They knew about the murders and even asked a priest to bless the house for them. According to the Lutz, they started experiencing paranormal activities in the house almost immediately. Twenty-eight days after settling there, they moved out never to return.
They sold their story to author Jay Anson and admitted that certain parts of their claims were overrated for the purpose of the story. They claimed that the experience they had was very real.
Regardless of the finer truths of Lutz's story, there have been real claims about strange activities related to the performers from both the original 1979 film and the 2005 remake. James Brolin The actor who played George Lutz in the original film, is said to have included Lutz's experiences. He even stated that he saw clothes falling from the hanger onto the floor by himself while reading the book when he accepted the role. Perhaps even stranger was the experience of Ryan Reynolds, who played the same character in the 2005 remake. He stated that he would wake up at 3:15 a.m. almost every night for no good reason – at this specific time, the real murders of the DeFoe family were said to have been committed, and this was said to have happened to the real life of George Lutz during that time short time in the house.
There were also numerous paranormal investigations on the site where the murders took place. Perhaps the scariest event was in 1976, before the first film was released that claimed to have captured the spirit of the youngest DeFoe son on camera.
6 The Entire Superman Brand and Franchise-Bringer of Bad Fortune?
Whether it is the original television series "The Adventures of Superman" from the 1950s, the classic Superman films with the late Christopher Reeve or the new "Man of Steel" films, some of them entire Superman franchise is cursed.
The star of the original television series, George Reeves, shot himself in the head in 1959 after successfully playing the role for eight years.
Christopher Reeve made the role of his own for the hugely successful series of films in the late 1970s and 1980s. Reeves became a star almost overnight. In 1995, however, he was thrown from his horse while riding and was paralyzed from the neck down. He died of a heart attack nine years later in 2004 after responding to an antibiotic. It was even stranger that his widow died of lung cancer two years later, although she had never smoked a cigarette in her life.
Margot Kidder, who starred in the films Lois Lane, not only found it difficult to land others in a similar way. In 1990 she was involved in a serious car accident that temporarily paralyzed her. She also suffered from depression and experienced a very public breakdown in 1996, during which she was convinced that her ex-husband was trying to kill her. This caused her to chop off all of her hair with a razor blade and sleep rough on the streets. She was in serious distress in the back yard of a person and was admitted to UCLA's medical center.
Three years after his appearance in Superman III, comedian Richard Pryor was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, resulting in triple bypass heart surgery in 1990. His health continued to deteriorate until he died in 2005.
Lee Quigley, who played Superman as a baby, died in 1991 at the age of fourteen after years of drug and solvent abuse.
While Henry Cavill, the star of the Man of Steel films, doesn't seem to have succumbed to the curse yet Some have claimed that the actor "almost" gets the big part before being insulted at the last minute. He is said to have auditioned for James Bond, but lost to Daniel Craig and Batman before the role was assigned to Christian Bale. Cavill himself states that the Batman story isn't true at all, while the reason he lost James Bond was because he was just too young. Time will tell – at least for some.
5 The Crow – The Tragic “Curse” of the Lee Family
The Crow was Brandon Lee's big breakthrough that was to make the cult star a household name. Unfortunately Lee couldn't see the film anymore. In a tragic accident, Lee was shot during the scene in which he remembers entering his apartment to find a crazy gang. One of the gang members shoots Lee's character (Eric Draven).
The weapon used was obviously loaded with blanks, but due to various security measures that were not followed as intended, the scene ended in disaster. A lead tip from an earlier bullet was still caught in the weapon of an earlier shot. When it was fired, it shot out of the gun and pierced Lee's stomach. He died a little over twelve hours later.
The weapon used did not appear to have been properly checked – for example, if a cleaning rod had been run through the weapon, it would most likely have detached the tip. The fake bullets themselves were also questionable insofar as they were real bullets from which the gunpowder had been removed and not dummies – this was claimed for reasons of time.
In short, it seems that Brandon Lee is most likely still alive today if, instead of filming to keep everything on time, the correct course of action has been followed. Perhaps even more depressing is that the actor who fired the shot did not have to point the gun at Michael Massey (who played Funboy) to Lee, since neither was in the picture at the same time – he could just have aimed the wall, for example. Massey is not to blame. For his part, he later explained that he still has nightmares about the incident and that he will never fully overcome them.
While Brandon's death was certainly a tragic accident, many conspiracy theories soon circulated about a curse by the Lee family. Quite a few people reported how Bruce Lee, his father, had suddenly died from a crazy reaction to a headache pill, but also from a certain scene in his last film "Game of Death" that Bruce was making. Death appeared to be the death of his son predict.
In the scene in question, Bruce Lee played an actor who was believed dead during the filming when the "wrong" weapons were replaced with real ones. However, he does not die and starts chasing the gang that tried to kill him and take revenge. Although this appears to be a pure coincidence, it's really quite a tingling sensation, as it not only reflects the tragic circumstances of his son's death after fifteen years, but also shows The Crow's plot of Draven's return from the grave to stand up for himself to avenge his death. 19659015] 4 The Fourth Kind – Fake “Real” Commercials Angers Real Residents
Like many other films, The Fourth Kind, released in 2009, promoted true events. They even broadcast “real” archive footage of the film on the Internet and supposedly published authentic news articles from local newspapers. They drew people's attention to the fact that over the years a lot of people had disappeared into the small town of Nome, Alaska, where the film is set.
The film tells the story of Dr. Abigail Tyler, who followed her husband's murder, is plagued by visits from extraterrestrials that appear to kidnap people from the small town. Tyler himself studies the phenomenon and conducts interviews and sessions with other Nome residents who have had similar experiences.
However, the residents of Nome in real life, including the local press, were universal with Universal for their portrayal of less than satisfied by the "real" news articles that turned out to be completely wrong. Universal not only had to pay compensation of $ 20,000, but also had to remove all advertising material from the Internet that turned out to be "real".
The film itself was planned by critics not least because of its perception as a studio in which deaths and disappearances in real life are used for their own purposes.
3 Rebel Without A Cause – Classic film with a far-reaching curse
Probably one of the greatest films of the 1950s "Rebel Without A Cause" Is said by some to be one of the "most cursed" films in film history Four of the actors died in suspicious or tragic circumstances, including the two main actors James Dean and Natalie Wood.
James Dean actually died in a car accident a month before the film was released. Ironically, one of the last things was that he was filming a play for television to raise awareness of safe driving.
Nick Adams, who not only appeared in the film but was a unique lover of Wood and was very close to Dean, was dead and fully clothed Discovered in his bedroom with no signs of a fight or forced entry into his home, the autopsy found sedatives and others e Drugs in his body – including the drug paraldehyde, which was sometimes used by alcoholics to help defeat their disease. However, Adams was not known to drink, not even in society, and there was no prescription or bottle of the drug found anywhere in his home. His death was considered an accidental death.
Salvatore Sal Mineo, who was nominated for an Oscar for his role in the famous film, was found stabbed to death less than a decade later in his home. Some said he was killed in a homophobic attack, although Lionel Ray Williams, the man who killed him, had no idea who he was, let alone that he was gay. One reason, ”came in 1981 when Natalie Wood drowned after apparently falling off the yacht on which she had drunk for a few hours with her husband Robert Wagner and fellow actor Christopher Walken. Although her death was officially recorded as an accident, the many reports of clashes and struggles that are believed to have taken place that evening eventually led to the retrial in 2011.
2 The Entity – True Events Stranger Than Der Film
The supernatural film "The Entity" from 1982 follows the story of Carla Moran, who after years of paranormal experiences is physically attacked and apparently raped by an invisible entity from the other side. In addition, the story is based on real events that were rightly examined and investigated by two UCLA University researchers.
The real victim is Doris Bither, and in the summer of 1974 she sought the help of parapsychologists Barry Taff and Kerry Gaynor. Over the next two and a half months, the team did extensive research and, like Doris and her children, underwent numerous paranormal activities. This included seeing strange lights, glowing balls appearing out of nowhere, general "poltergeist" activities and perhaps the most frightening of all, the appearance of a green mist that was forming and taking the shape of an adult man.
Lots of opportunists in recent years I jumped on the map of the case and claimed to have been part of the original research team. Taff himself is still fascinated by the events of this summer and states that, although what they experienced was very real, he is amazed at how much of Bithere's terrible early life as well as her fascination and experimentation with ouija boards in the events flowed in.
] Perhaps the story that makes the skin crawl the most is said to have happened when the Bither family first moved into the California house. A strange lady is said to have come to her front door and announced bither before she left as quickly as she had come: “You have to get out! I lived in this old house when it was a farm and I was a little girl. Here is something very bad. This place is haunted and you have to get out! “
From what Bither had to say, she continued to experience a paranormal phenomenon of varying intensity until her death in 1999 at the age of only fifty-nine.
1 Atuk – The film that cannot or should not be made
One of the most interesting and mysterious background stories of a film may have come from a film that has not yet been fully shot and has been released less. However, there has been no shortage of attempts. Legend has it that anyone who reads the script to take the lead role falls dead shortly thereafter.
It is said that the script for Atuk – based on the book "The Incomparable Atuk" – is said to have been offered to John Belushi in 1982, who after reading felt that it was perfect for his persona. A month later he died of a drug overdose – he was only thirty-three years old.
Sam Kinison was offered the lead role in the film a decade later in 1992, and this time production began. However, it did not take long for the comic to be asked to use its newly written screenplay, otherwise it would simply "go through the movements".
The film was eventually taken out of production, and shortly afterwards, Kinison died of head injury from a collision. Perhaps frightening, although probably a shock reaction, Kinison was heard speaking to an "invisible" person in the seconds before his death, who said, "I don't want to die!" Before apparently listening to an answer. "But why?" He is said to have answered before "listening" again. Then he seemed to have resigned himself to his fate and just said, "Okay! OK! ", Before he died.
Two years later, in 1994, the screenplay was offered to the larger-than-life comedian John Candy, who expressed interest in taking on the project. The script was said to be in his possession when he suddenly died of a heart attack at the age of 43.
Several months after Candy's tragic death, the writer Michael O & # 39; Donoghue died suddenly of a hemorrhage. It was alleged that O'Donoghue had read the script with Candy before he died and was discussing how to play the role. It is also said that he recommended the script to Belushi twelve years earlier.
In 1997, Chris Farley is said to have been about to take the role in the Atuk film when he died of drug overdose at the age of thirty-three. In a bizarre phrase, Farley claims to have read the script with his friend as an actor, Phil Hartman, to interest him in a supporting role. In the months after Farley's death, Hartman was shot by his wife before pointing the gun at himself.