Fa­tal At­trac­tions

These cursed movies were plagued by doom, dis­as­ter and even death.

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Poltergeist (1982) Star Jo­Beth Williams re­calls that paint­ings in her home would be crooked when she re­turned home each day from shoot­ing the scare yick about a mod­ern haunted house. Do­minique Dunne, who played the fam­ily’s old­est daugh­ter, died shortly af­ter the re­lease of the wlm, when her boyfriend stran­gled her. And Heather O’Rourke, who played the younger daugh­ter, died in 1988 at age 12 of sep­tic shock due to a mis­di­ag­nosed bowel ob­struc­tion.

Rebel With­out a Cause

(1955) All three stars of the teen-angst clas­sic—James Dean, Sal Mi­neo and

Natalie Wood—died tragic ac­ci­den­tal deaths that led many to be­lieve their ap­pear­ances in the movie cursed their fates. Dean, 24 at the time, fa­tally crashed his Porsche Spy­der into an­other car on U.S. Route 466 near Cho­lame, Calif., in 1955. Mi­neo was stabbed at age 37 dur­ing a rob­bery near his West Hol­ly­wood apart­ment in 1976. And, at 43, Wood drowned un­der mys­te­ri­ous and sus­pi­cious cir­cum­stances in 1981 while on a boat trip with her hus­band, Robert Wag­ner, and ac­tor friend Christo­pher Walken.

Atuk This wsh-out-of-wa­ter com­edy about an Alaskan hunter’s strug­gles to adapt to life in New York City was so badly cursed that it never got made. All of the stars ever at­tached to it—John Belushi, Sam Kin­i­son,

John Candy and Chris Far­ley—died (from drug over­doses, a car crash and a heart at­tack).

The Crow (1994) A se­ries of dis­as­trous events plagued the pro­duc­tion of the ac­tion wlm, in­clud­ing the elec­tro­cu­tion of a crew mem­ber, a hur­ri­cane and the ac­ci­den­tal shoot­ing death of the star, Bran­don Lee, 28, when a real bul­let mis­tak­enly left in a prop gun was wred into his ab­domen. Lee’s un­timely death was eerily sim­i­lar to that of his father, mar­tial-arts wlm le­gend Bruce Lee, who also died while work­ing on a movie, at the age of 32.

Magic Man

The mas­ter ma­gi­cian and es­cape artist Harry Hou­dini vowed to his wife, Bess, be­fore he died— on Hal­loween in 1926—that he would try to con­tact her from beyond the grave. That was ap­par­ently never suc­cess­ful. But strange things have been hap­pen­ing for decades near the Lau­rel Canyon site where the cou­ple lived. A record­ing stu­dio called the Man­sion, owned by pro­ducer Rick Rubin, is on the prop­erty to­day, and var­i­ous mu­si­cians have re­ported weird sights and odd oc­cur­rences.

“There are dewnitely ghosts in the house,” said Red Hot Chili Pep­pers gui­tarist John Fr­us­ciante. “But they’re friendly.” At times, dat­ing back to the 1970s, peo­ple have re­ported see­ing an ap­pari­tion of a man wan­der­ing the grounds. Could it be Hou­dini, try­ing to ful­wll his prom­ise to Bess?

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