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