I can't decide if it's freakier that the guy playing Jesus in The Passion of the Christ was STRUCK BY LIGHTNING, or that he was completely unharmed.
He also murdered his wife, Judith's mother, before killing himself. Eerily, Judith had previously played a child murdered by her father in Fatal Vision.
On the last day of filming for Twilight Zone: The Movie, they were shooting a Vietnam War battle scene where actor Vic Morrow, 53, and child actors Renee Shinn Chen and Myca Dinh Le, who were 6 and 7, ran from a pursuing helicopter. The helicopter lost control and crashed into the three actors, killing them. The scene was deleted from the final film, but the overall segment starring Vic Morrow was still included when the film was released in 1983.
"Shrapnel was flying everywhere," stunt person Phil Adams said, describing what it was like to film the sequence. "It was probably some of the best footage that we shot that day."
A note delivered with the DVD stated, “We trust this completes your search.” Armond kept his promise, but a copy of the segment from another search was later sent to Lost Media Wiki founder Daniel Wilson via an anonymous email, and he made the segment public. You can watch it here.
The film was supposed to end with Carly and Zeke's helicopter flying into a volcano. They filmed right above Kīlauea in Hawaii to get the footage, with pilot Craig Hosking flying. He hit the lip of the volcano and crashed. Hosking was rescued right away, but it took two days to find director of photography Michael A. Benson and visual effects cameraperson Chris Duddy. In the end, they were all safely extricated from the volcano. The footage was used in test screenings, but after a negative audience response, the ending was changed.
Director William Friedkin claimed it was an old building, and it was likely that one of the many pigeons that would fly around inside flew into a light box, starting the fire. Production had to be shut down for two months because the set was destroyed. Except, supposedly, Regan's bedroom. Because of this and other strange occurrences, Washington, DC, priest Thomas M. King was brought in to bless the set.
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Burstyn said she warned Friedkin she was being pulled too hard, and that instead of cutting when she was hurt, he directed the cinematographer to focus on her. Friedkin responded to this claim, saying Burstyn was hurt but that he doesn't consider it an injury, as Burstyn didn't take time off or file an insurance claim. He said, “If I hadn’t let the stuntman do that with the force that he did it, she would have had to do it over and over and over again. ... I would rather have had one [take] that risked hurting her a little."
There was evidence connecting him to the murder of six other men, though the judge in the case decided it was not enough, and he was convicted only of Verrill's murder.
Gregory Peck's plane was struck by lightning as he flew to shoot the film. Executive producer Mace Neufeld's plane was struck by lightning a few weeks later, leading to rocky turbulence, and then, producer Harvey Bernhard was almost struck by lightning while filming in Rome. Bernhard started wearing a cross to the set, saying decades later that he didn't want to take any chances: "The devil was at work, and he didn't want that film made."
The crash occurred on Friday the 13th, and Richardson (who survived the crash) reportedly noticed a sign reading "Ommen, 66.6 km" (Ommen was the name of a nearby Dutch town) at the site after it occurred.
Apparently, he fell suddenly and awkwardly instead of jumping, as he was trained to do.
You can read more about Charles Harrselson and his murder of John Wood here.
They apparently chose the number 9 because it was comically small, and the Twin Towers in the background were just an eerie coincidence.