Hollywood is a superstitious place. There is a lot of history embedded in it, and there's an enormous fascination with Tinseltown from people all around the world. Stories get passed on, myths get extended and curses, when they spring up, get sensationalized. Perhaps it's a legacy from the historic superstitions of the theater. There are some serious traditions in the theatrical world, such as those surrounding Macbeth, or, er, the Scottish play. There's long been a fear that if you speak the name Macbeth on stage, or even in the theater, that the play/performance will be jinxed. Some say this goes back to an agreement that Shakespeare made with an actual coven of witches, others say that it's grown over time as bad things happen on set. Whatever the reasons, people believe it, or, even if they don't believe it, they adhere to the rules of the superstition. Hollywood is more of the same.
Really, when you think about it, curses have been around forever and likely every culture in the world has incorporated them into their belief systems in one way or another. It probably shouldn't come as surprise that Hollywood and the American movie industry would have them too. Some of these curses have largely been forgotten over time, but they were all, at one point, discussed with some seriousness. These are the most famous curses that have befallen movie sets, families, people and events in Hollywood. Curses are often used as explanations for tragedies that seem to follow these collections of people, places or things. No one is confirming the validity of any of them; we're simply passing along the rumors that have been passed along to us.
Regardless if you believe these things or not, the curses on this list are incredibly interesting, albeit terribly sad, groups of events that seem to stretch the boundaries of coincidence. Here are 15 incredible Hollywood curses that people still believe.
15 Curse Of The Dark Knight
14 The Curse Of Billy Bob Thornton
13 The Oscar Curse
12 Three Men and a Baby And A Curse
11 The Curse Of The Centerfold
10 The Curse Of The Passion of the Christ
9 The Curse Of The Conqueror
8 The Lee Family Curse
7 The Curse Of James Dean's "Little Bastard"
6 The Exorcist Curse
5 Curse Of Atuk
4 The Curse Of Rosemary's Baby
3 Curse Of Poltergeist
2 The Superman Curse
1 The Omen Curse
Several seemingly cursed events surround the 1976 film, The Omen. Some of the stranger ones are as follows. Gregory Peck and producer Mace Neufeld were taking two separate planes to England and planned to have dinner together that night at a restaurant. During the flights, both of their planes were hit by lightning and the restaurant they were to dine in was bombed by the IRA. A stuntman was also killed after working on The Omen, a plane used by the studio crashed and killed its occupants and the studio's zookeeper was eaten by lions. The weirdest one, which might also be the most far-fetched, comes from John Richardson, the special effects artist, who was nearly killed in a car crash (his passenger did die) after working on The Omen. While driving in the Netherlands, Richardson was involved in the serious accident. Upon getting out from his car, he noticed a sign marker on the side of the road that indicated the town of Ommen was 66.6 KM away.
Sources: Wikipedia; IMDB; Mirror
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