Movie sets create a potentially dangerous environment because of equipment and the stunts performed when making a movie. There are many safety procedures, but serious accidents may occur. In addition to accidents, other terrifying things occur when actors have to act out scary scenes. These things will make you acknowledge acting as one of the most difficult jobs. Perhaps you have not heard of any accidents, but you have probably seen the films in which the happened. The following list presents some of the horrifying things that happened when crews were shooting movies.
During the shooting of Twilight Zone: The Movie, Marrow and 2 child actors died when a helicopter fell and hit them after a failed stunt. One child died when the helicopter crashed while the other child and Morrow were decapitated.
During the production of The Exorcist, Mercedes McCambridge had to swallow some raw eggs and drink whiskey before smoking several cigarettes. Unfortunately, she was not recognized when the movie premiered.
After several oversights, Brandon Lee got shot by a prop gun that had not been set properly. The actor passed on 31st March 1993 after 6 painful hours of surgery.
In Scarface, Tammy Lynn Leppert acted as the blond girl who confused Manny. The actress disappeared after shooting the movie and no one knows where she went.
During the production of The Passion of Christ, Jim Caviezel (who portrayed Jesus) and Michelini (assistant director) were struck by lightning. They did not sustain serious injuries, but the producer saw some smoke emerging from Jim’s ears.
Choi Min-Sik featured in the Korean movie Oldboy and had to eat 4 alive octopuses for the director to get the best shot. As a Buddhist, Min-Sik had to ask for forgiveness after every shot.
The film Skippy was produced in 1931 when Jackie Cooper was just 8 years old. When filming the movie, Norman Taurog (director) was disappointed because the actor could not summon tears. He decided to provoke the actor by pretending to shoot his dog. This made Cooper cry hysterically. The actor earned an Oscar nomination for the performance.
When filming Candyman, Tony Todd was required to put real bees in his mouth. Fortunately, the bees did not sting him because he wore a throat guard.
During the filming of the chestburster scene in Alien, the scene’s details were concealed from the actors so as to get genuine reactions when shooting the scene.
Paul Bateson acted as an assistant radiologist in the movie The Exorcist. The actor killed and dismembered 6 people in New York City and was convicted of murder.
When filming Texas Chainsaw Massacre, the props used to decorate the scene included the skeleton and remains of real animals.
The last day of filming Texas Chainsaw Massacre was horrifying. The crew used real bones on set and these bones started cooking because of the Texas heat and the lighting. The bones produced a bad smell which made the crew members vomiting after every take.