This year’s must-see horror movie, The Conjuring 2, opens in cinemas on June 13. To get you in the mood, here’s a look back at some movie sets that were spooked by unexplained incidents.
The Exorcist (1973)
One of the scariest films ever was created on one of the unluckiest sets. A freak fire set back production by six weeks; star Ellen Burstyn suffered a permanent spinal injury when a harness jerked her too hard away from the set’s bed; and two actors who played characters killed in the film would die before it came out.
The Omen (1976)
This horror classic was also plagued by bad luck. Star Gregory Peck’s plane was hit by lightning while he was jetting between locations and the director’s hotel was bombed by the IRA. Both survived unscathed, but the stuntman who worked on the film’s decapitation scene was later involved in a horrific car crash in which his girlfriend was decapitated.
The Passion Of The Christ (2004)
While filming Mel Gibson’s controversial biblical epic in Rome, the actor who played Jesus, Jim Caviezel, was struck by lightning. Weirder still, the film’s assistant director Jan Michelini was struck by lightning not once but twice during production.
The Exorcism Of Emily Rose (2005)
While shooting this supernatural-themed movie, lead actress Jennifer Carpenter found that her alarm clock kept going off at an unexpected times. “It freaked me out, because it started playing Pearl Jam’s ’Alive’ — just the ’I’m still alive’ part,” she later recalled. “It stayed with me for a while.”
The Conjuring (2013)
Several inexplicable incidents occurred during the making of the original The Conjuring. When a strong wind tore through the set one day, it bizarrely failed to make the trees’ leaves rustle; working late one night, director James Wan caught his dog barking at an invisible intruder; and lead actress Vera Farmiga opened her laptop one morning to find that five strange claw marks had punctured the screen.
Book tickets now for The Conjuring 2, which opens in cinemas on June 13.
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