Cursed movies have fascinated people for decades. From unexpected deaths to career-killers, some movie projects have become the stuff of legend. Of course, no director wants a cursed movie, and no actor wants to be a part of one. However, with Hollywood’s history, they’re likely to happen. Here are the 25 Most Cursed Movies Ever Filmed.
In The Crow, Eric Draven and his fiance are brutally murdered, but Draven comes back to life in order to inflict revenge on his murderers. Made in 1993, The Crow was supposed to make Brandon Lee, the son of Bruce Lee, a big star. However, a stunt involving a firearm went all wrong and ended up killing Brandon Lee.
The Passion of the Christ
During the filming of The Passion of the Christ, Jim Caviezel, the actor who played Jesus, endured a slew of unfortunate accidents. He got hypothermia, pneumonia, a dislocated shoulder, as well as being thrashed by a whip. But the worst came when he was struck by lightning. Notably, after the film, both Caviezel and Mel Gibson suffered in their career as well.
While Apocalypse Now received tremendous success both financially and critically, the production was less than smooth. Francis Ford Coppola self-funded the film which almost put him into bankruptcy. Marlon Brando came on set extremely overweight and refused to memorize lines, forcing Coppola to rewrite the script and shoot it differently. To make matters worse, his lead actor Martin Sheen struggled with alcoholism and suffered a heart attack. A typhoon destroyed several sets, payroll was stolen, and several helicopters couldn’t be used because they were rerouted to help fight against rebels in the area.
Poltergeist is about the consequences of disturbing the resting places of people who have died. So, why in the world would Spielberg use real live cadavers during filming? Over a six year time, many of the main actors in the film franchise died in rather disturbing ways, including stomach cancer, bowel obstruction, getting strangled by a boyfriend, and murdered by an ex-con with an ax.
At the time, The Matrix was a cinematic revolution, unleashing not only groundbreaking special effects but an original story not many had seen before. However, as production continued into the sequels, disaster after disaster put the movies in turmoil, including the death of Aliyah, the death of Gloria Foster (The Oracle), and an accident by Keanu Reeves, which put him in the hospital. Production costs also spiraled out of control. The whole franchise was put in jeopardy of collapse. The series ended in a belly flop as Matrix Revolutions was a commercial and critical failure. The once famed directors have yet to make a comeback, releasing mostly box office and critical failures ever since.