Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Today's Trivia - Curses On The Set: The Twilight Zone

Movies aren’t easy to make, but some films have had more than their fair share of problems. Take, for example, ‘The Twilight Zone’. The film became somewhat of a twilight zone after all the misfortune on the set. During the filming of a segment of this 1983 movie, actor Vic Morrow (53) and child actors Myca Dinh Le (7) and Renee Shin-Yi Chen (6) died while the movie was being filmed. The helicopter being used on the set was flying too low to avoid the explosions of the pyrotechnics used on set.
The blasts severed the tail rotor, the aircraft spun out of control, decapitating Morrow and Le with its blades, and crushing Chen to death when it crashed. People inside the helicopter also sustained minor injuries.

The accident led to legal action against the filmmakers which lasted nearly a decade, and changed the regulations involving children working on movie sets at night and during special effects-heavy scenes. The incident also ended the friendship between director Landis and producer Spielberg, who was already angered before the accident that Landis had violated many codes, including using live ammunition on the set. (source)

16 comments:

  1. That's horrific! I've never seen this movie, and I really don't want to now. What a tragedy, and it could have been avoided. This Landis guy sounds like a total reckless idiot.

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    1. He sure does. A tragedy that shouldn't have happened.

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  2. Yes, I remember reading about that incident at the time -- a great tragedy. I always liked Vic Morrow in a movie too.

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  3. Uh, whoa dudes. I don't know if that's a curse or just some dude being dumb. Guess it takes stuff like that to make better regulations. Seems like somethign that shouldn't even need regulations, but then again, people are idiots.

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    1. Sadly, you are right. Better regulations often follow horrible tragedies.

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  4. The movie industry goes to far all of the time. It is just like "The Hobbit". I really want to see this movie but I have mixed feelings if the animal deaths story turns out to be true. I hate supporting institutions that only care about money.

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    1. I feel the same way. It's the profits that often matter more.

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  5. Live ammunition on a movie set? That's insane!! I find it hard to fathom that three people died - especially the fact that two of them were children - very tragic.

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  6. I also remember when that happened. We used to watch Vic Morrow's TV series 'Combat' in tv. Very tragic.

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    1. He died awfully young. Such a senseless death that could have been avoided.

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  7. Oh wow! I did not know any of that. How sad :(

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  8. Yikes! How sad! I didn't know this story, but at least it lead to changes in the film industry. Sometimes good comes out of horror.

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    1. Sadly, that's usually how change happens...after there's been a major tragedy!

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