Bernie Mac, Isaac Hayes, and Samuel L. Jackson are all in a soon to be released movie called Soul Men
Bernie Mac - Died Saturday
Isaac Hayes - Died Sunday
Should Samuel L. Jackson be Worried?
I am not dooming Samuel L Jackson but there are some who believe in Movie Curse
The Dark Knight
The stars of "The Dark Knight," the latest installment in the "Batman" franchise, may be wondering just that. Since the film has wrapped, violence and death have shadowed three of the film's stars.
First, there was Heath Ledger's untimely death, ruled an accidental overdose from prescription drugs, in January. Then, Brit Christian Bale was arrested last month amid allegations that he assaulted his mother and sister in London. And last week, Morgan Freeman was airlifted to a hospital after the car he was driving skidded off the road and flipped several times in Mississippi. Later in the week, it was announced that he and his wife of 24 years were getting divorced.
The 1980s' "Poltergeist" trilogy became legendary for its supposed curse, known as the Curse of Haddad, after four cast members died in the six-year span between the first and the third films.
Heather O'Rourke, the young star of all three films, died of septic shock at age 12, while her on-screen sister, Dominique Dunne, was strangled to death at 22 by her jealous boyfriend. Julian Beck, who played an evil spirit in the second film, died at 60 of stomach cancer, while Will Sampson, who played a good spirit, died after an organ transplant.
Star Brandon Lee's death so closely paralleled the plot of this 1994 dark comic book adaptation that it's hard not to chalk it up to a curse. Lee died on the set when he was shot with a gun that was supposed to be filled with blanks. Likewise, his character was supposed to be shot with a gun he thinks is unloaded. His character was killed the night before his wedding; Lee was supposed to marry after wrapping the movie.
'Rebel Without a Cause'
When film professor Gehring wrote a book on the movie's star James Dean, he came across all sorts of theories for why three of the film's stars, including Dean, had met untimely deaths. Dean was killed at age 24 when his Porsche Spyder, nicknamed "Little Bastard," collided nearly head-on with another car that had crossed into his lane. Natalie Wood drowned in the waters off Catalina Island at the age of 43 when she fell overboard from her yacht. And Sal Mineo, who received an Oscar nomination for his supporting role in the film, was stabbed to death at age 37 in a possible gay hate crime.
Considered the scariest movie of all time, "The Exorcist" won two Acadamy Awards after it's release in 1973. One for Best Adapted Screenplay, and the second for Best Sound. Most people would think that the book (written by William Peter Blatty) is a made up story. Well it's not. A similar incident occured in New England with a 13-year-old boy; but this is not what we're discussing today. Today, we are talking about "The Exorcist" curse. Due to the accidental deaths and fires on set, and even supposed mental breakdowns from the young Linda Blair (Regan), some would say that an actual demon was trying to stop the filming of this movie. Some rumours state that four to nine people died during the fifteen month fiming period. Jack McGowen had just wrapped up filming his small part for the film when he died of a heart attack. Another rumor states that the man who Regan said would die up there was accidently killed while filming. There were other deaths too. One was that of Max Von Sydow's brother and Linda Blair's grandfather. A night watchman for the set, a crewmember that refrigerated the bedroom for the exorcism scenes, and a cameraman's newborn baby were also part of the unexplained deaths.
In 1976, "The Omen" was released which was a hit. It follows the story of an American ambassador who learns that his son is actualy the antichrist. On the first day of filming, a crew member was in a car accident which destroyed a company car. Harvey Bernhard was driving Richard Donner to his apartment, as Donner was getting out of the car, another came round the corner, tore the door off of the car and trapped Donner between the two. The crew shot a scene at Windsor Safari Park including lions, that was eventually cut. The day they finished shooting with lions, a guard was killed by two of them. A flight from LA to London with Gregory Peck on it was hit by lightning, and an engine was knocked out. Then eight hours later, a plane with the screenwriter, David Seltzer, on board was also hit by lightning. The crew had hired a private jet, which they would use to some ground scenes. However, the charter company had become booked, and so the Omen's crew flight was canceled. It took off with business men on board. The jet crashed onto a road, crashing into another car, which crashed into another car, killing all which included the wife and child of the jet's pilot who were in the second car. Then, after "The Omen", the special effects director John Richardson, went to Holland to make "A Bridge Too Far", with his girlfriend. He was involved in a car crash, and his girlfriend was beheaded, just like David Warner was In "Damien Omen II", the curse continued. The best friend of William Holden was stabbed while they were on holiday. Also, the entire cast came down with a rare form of influenza, even though no outbreaks had been reported.
Roman Polanski's controversial 1968 film - about a woman who gives birth to the devil after her husband promises it to a sect of Satanists in return of fame and fortune - is also surrounded by mysteriously coincidental, horrifying incidents. A year after Rosemary's Baby's release, Polanski's wife, Sharon Tate, was murdered by the Manson Family while she was eight months pregnant with the couple's first child. Also in 1969, producer William Castle was rushed to the hospital with kidney failure and, legend has it, he yelled out, "Rosemary, for God's sake, drop the knife!" while being admitted. Krzysztof Komeda, who scored the movie, happened to be a resident of the same hospital Castle was taken to; he later died of a blood clot, mimicking the death of Rosemary's friend Hutch from the film.
Everyone's heard about Margot Kidder's (Lois Lane) nervous breakdown, Richard Pryor's (Gus Gorman) multiple sclerosis and Christopher Reeve's (Superman) unfortunate paralyzation, but did you know George Reeves, who played Superman in a 1950s TV series, was found dead with a single gunshot wound to the head under suspicious circumstances? And then there was Bud Collyer, who voiced The New Adventures of Superman cartoon: he died after three years on the job of a circularity ailment. Here's hoping Brandon Routh, who plays the capped crusader in the new Superman Returns, has better luck.
Whether they were deaths or accidents, these supposedly cursed movies may make you think a little. . .doesn't it?