Movie sets are pretty hazardous when you think of all the equipment laying around and the stunts that are performed during shooting. Though there are plenty of safety procedures on set, freak accidents sometimes occur.
And it’s not only accidents that will terrify you. For some films, the actors were required to act out some pretty creepy scenes. It really makes you appreciate how difficult the job must be.
You may not have heard of some of the accidents, but you’ll certainly recognize the films that they were a part of. Here is a list of the scariest things that happened on the sets of famous movies:
1. On the set of ‘Twilight Zone: The Movie’, Morrow, as well as two child actors, were killed when a helicopter fell on them after a stunt when horribly wrong. Morrow and one of the child actors were decapitated, and the remaining child was crushed to death.
2. To produce the demon voice in ‘The Exorcist’, the actress Mercedes McCambridge was required to swallow raw eggs, drink whiskey, and smoke many cigarettes. She didn’t receive any credit when the film premiered.
3. After a series of oversights, the actor Brandon Lee was fatally shot when a live round of gunshots from an ill-prepared prop gun hit him. After six hours of surgery and many attempts to revive him, he was pronounced dead on March 31, 1993.
4. The actress Tammy Lynn Leppert who played the blond girl that distracted Manny in ‘Scarface’, disappeared shortly after shooting the film. She was never heard from again.
5. While filming ‘The Passion of the Christ’ the actor who played Jesus, Jim Caviezel, as well as the assistant director Michelini were both struck by lightning. Although neither of them was seriously injured, the producer of the film said he saw “smoke coming out of Caviezel’s ears.”
6. The star of the Korean film ‘Oldboy’, Choi Min-sik, was made to eat four whole living octopuses on camera so that the director could capture the perfect shot. Min-Sik is a Buddhist and would pray for forgiveness after each shot.
7. When filming the 1931 film ‘Skippy’, Jackie Cooper was eight years old. In one scene, the director Norman Taurog was unhappy that Cooper wasn’t able to summon tears for the scene. To provoke him, he had Cooper’s dog removed from the set and pretended to have it shot causing him to cry hysterically. This performance earned Cooper an Oscar nomination.
8. In ‘Candyman’, Tony Todd had real bees in his mouth during the climactic scene. Thankfully he was wearing a throat guard and didn’t get stung at all.
9. The details of the famous chestburster scene in the film ‘Alien’ were kept under wraps from the actors in order to draw genuine reactions when it was shot.
10. In the film ‘The Exorcist’, one of the actors, Paul Bateson, who played the assistant radiologists was convicted of murder after killing and dismembering six men in New York City.
11. On the set of ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre’, the crew used a real skeleton and the remains of several animals to decorate the set.
12. The final day of shooting ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ was ghastly. The extreme heat in Texas, coupled with the lighting used for filming, caused the set to be so hot that the real bones used on the set began cooking. This released a stench so overwhelming that the crew members began vomiting after each take.