Whether you believe in ghosts or curses, there is no denying the controversy over suspicious scenes in various films or crazy tragic coincidences. Here’s a roundup of six spooky films with disturbing legends:
1. THE GHOST BOY IN 3 MEN AND A BABY
We all remember this one. I remember being a kid and watching this with my cousin. We kept rewinding the movie and replaying this scene over and over. Of course, the movie studio’s explanation is that it’s a cardboard cutout of Ted Danson wearing a tuxedo and a top hat and not the ghost of a young boy that committed suicide in that apartment. In fact, you can see the cutout later in the movie.
“The figure in the window looks slightly different in appearance from the standee shown later in the film because the distance and angle of the shot make it appear smaller, and the curtains obscure its outstretched arms.” (Snopes)
I don’t know if I buy it. They don’t look the same to me.
2. THE HANGING IN THE WIZARD OF OZ
The urban legend here is that one of the munchkin actors hung himself on the set of The Wizard of Oz. There are several shots during this scene where you can visibly see something that appears to be dangling from a tree in the background.
“…as the three main characters move down the road and away from the camera, one of the larger birds (often said to be an emu, but more probably a crane) standing at the back of the set moves around and spreads its wings. No munchkin, no hanging — just a big bird.” (Snopes)
What do you guys think? Is it a bird?
3. GHOST APPARITION IN THE RING
So apparently the producers of the film can’t even explain this. Do you see it? Can ghosts have shadows?
4. THE MYSTERY BOY IN INSIDIOUS
So apparently there is a ghost caught on film in Insidious. The scene takes place in the new house when Renai is cleaning up. She walks past a hallway and tosses some clothes in the hamper or something. Next to the hanging coats there’s that little child/man/ghost thing, standing against the wall. Totally a creepy kid ghost IMO!
5. THE POLTERGEIST CURSE
I know, I know– there isn’t a ghost caught on tape during the filming of this movie; however, after the making of each Poltergeist film, a member of the cast died. There have been five deaths: Dominique Dunne (Dana Freeling), Heather O’Rourke (Carol Ann Freeling), Will Sampson (Taylor, a good spirit), Julian Beck (Kane, an evil spirit), and Tangina (Zelda Rubinstein). Is that a curse or a coincidence?
Okay – here is some creepy trivia: The production crew used real human skeletons because it was cheaper to purchase them instead of plastic ones. According to The E True Hollywood story, several people think the curse was caused by the use of real skeletons. Remember the skeletons that emerge from the swimming pool while Diane searches for her child? Those were actual skeletons. Want to know what else is crazy? JoBeth Williams didn’t know this until after the scene was shot. I would be PISSED! Want to know what else?
“She had a supernatural experience during the making of the film. Whenever she came home from filming, the pictures on the walls of her house were crooked. Everytime she fixed them they would hang crooked again”. (IMDb)
Two of the deaths were tragic and sudden. Dominique Dunn was murdered in 1982 by her boyfriend who choked her into a coma which she never woke up from. Heather O’Rourke’s death also happened strangely as she appeared to have flu then died from septic shock literally the next day on an operating table. The deaths were 6 years apart. The other two deaths were not sudden and Snopes would say were expected. Zelda Rubinstein died in 2010 of natural causes BUT her dog died during the filming of the movie. Zelda was known to be a legit genuine psychic and she had a vision of her dog saying goodbye to her and then a few hours later, he died.
6. THE OMEN CURSE
This might be the craziest of all the stories. I mean, what more could this crew have possibly gone through? Talk about an omen.
“Having changed its title from The Antichrist to The Birthmark, the film seemed to fall victim to a sinister curse. Star Gregory Peck and screenwriter David Seltzer took separate planes to the UK…yet BOTH planes were struck by lightning. While producer Harvey Bernhard was in Rome, lightning just missed him. Rottweilers hired for the film attacked their trainers. A hotel at which director Richard Donner was staying got bombed by the IRA; he was also struck by a car. After Peck canceled another flight, to Israel, the plane he would have chartered crashed…killing all on board. On day one of the shoot, several principal members of the crew survived a head-on car crash. The jinx appeared to persist well into post-production… when special effects artist John Richardson was injured and his girlfriend beheaded in an accident on the set of A Bridge Too Far (1977).” (IMDb)