Times have changed. Movie cast and crew members are now protected against accident via incorporation of various health and safety procedures. Visual effects and graphics are used instead of dangerous and life-threatening stunts. Before visual effects were used in cinema, all the movie scenes were done by individuals. For example, it is a well known fact that for the song jab tak hain jaan (Sholay), Hema Malini had to actually dance bare foot and that too under scorching sun.
While some were lucky and did not get harmed, some were not that lucky. We bring you list of 8 such movie productions that are considered most dangerous till date:
#1 The Conqueror (1956)
The movie which was made on the life of Genghis Khan was shot on the location in Utah. What the director or crew was not aware was that 137 miles off the movie location was a nuclear test site. Most members developed serious health issues caused by exposure to the radiation.
#2 The Omen (1976)
Looks like cast and crew member of the Omen had suffered bad luck on the sets while filming the movie. They suffered from three lightning strikes in the middle of the flight, the hotel that producer was staying was bombed by IRA, the plane which too is used on set was crashed and killed everyone in it. And the spookiest of them all is the road sign of the car crash spot of John Richardson which read ‘Omen, 66.K’
#3 The Roar (1981)
The animals of the set of the movie Roar had gone really, really wild and started biting everyone. Some of the scenes actually contain real biting scenes, Hedren was bitten on the neck and later required 37 stitches in all total, Griffith was attacked and required a total of 50 stitches on her face.
#4 Hell’s Angel
Right after 30 years of Wright Brothers remarkable aerial invention, Howard Hughes decided to do a movie about it. He decided to shoot some unique in air breathtaking stunts. However, safety was not considered that led to few casualties. 3 pilots died and the mechanic of the movie was killed. Hughes, himself, serious injuries trying to shoot an action sequence.
#5 Twilight Zone: the movie (1983)
This movie was a turning point in the History of Hollywood but not in a good way. Actor, Vic Morrow, and two child actors (who were working illegally) lost their lives. This incident led to incorporation of health and safety standards in Hollywood.
#6 The Wizard of OZ (1939)
Wizard of Oz is one of the classic children movies so how it could be dangerous? Believe it or not, the crew members really suffered through the shoot. Buddy Espen, who played the role of Tin Man’ had to step down because the silver paint gave him serious respiratory problems. His replacement, Jack Haley, got an eye infection.
#7 The Passion of the Christ (2004)
Actor, Jim Caviezel’s role required him to be tortured, unfortunately, he was whipped twice for real during the shoot. His shoulder got dislocated when he had to carry 150 lbs of cross. He suffered hypothermia when the movie was being filmed in Italy and he was struck by lighting. Ouch.
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