8 Horror Films Plagued By Real-Life Death Curses

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3) THE OMEN (2006)

If a cursed film is remade, does that mean that the curse is carried over to the new production? Those involved in the making of 2006’s remake of The Omen would answer a resounding yes to that question, as the remake was not without its own share of tragedy. Much like with The Exorcist, it seemed that the Devil himself didn’t want the film to be made, a sentiment that most fans agreed with.

At one point during production, an entire two days’ worth of footage was lost when a camera malfunctioned, and director John Moore insists that the broken camera displayed the message “Error 666.” A repairman informed Moore that he had never before seen that error message, as it wasn’t one programmed into the camera.

Moore revealed in the DVD commentary that he truly believes an evil entity attached itself to the production, and other stories include Liev Schreiber being attacked by a dog and fellow star Pete Postlewaite’s brother dropping dead during a card game – after pulling three sixes.

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Producer William Castle was convinced from the get-go that Rosemary’s Baby had a demonic curse attached to it, and the late master of the cinema gimmick was reportedly terrified of the film. After receiving countless letters from irate viewers who insisted that he had unleashed evil upon the world, Castle was the victim of an excruciatingly painful urinary blockage, and he famously shouted “Rosemary, for God’s sake, drop the knife!” during one operation.

Other strange events tied to the production center on Charles Manson and his murderous gang of followers, who of course killed director Roman Polanski’s pregnant wife, Sharon Tate, in the summer of 1969 – one year after the release of Rosemary’s Baby. In another strange coincidence, John Lennon was shot outside the hotel seen in the film over a decade later, and it’s interesting to note that Manson and his followers were obsessed with The Beatles.

Adding a bit more legitimate fuel to this particular fire is the fact that the film’s composer died of a brain clot one year after release, much the same way a character in the film dies.

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