From bizarre deaths and freak accidents, to on-set exorcists and consultation from the occult, there are some movies whose productions were more fraught than the storylines of the movies themselves. Join hosts Amelia Lewis and Katie Waldron, as they take you behind the scenes of the drama, darkness and disaster that haunt Hollywood's most cursed film productions.
"When the legend becomes fact, print the legend" - The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
Jaws: A Whale of a Fail
While shooting his first studio feature, 27-year-old Steven Spielberg was in over his head with a shark movie filmed almost entirely on the water. With endless days of sun exposure, a title shark that wouldn't work, and a young director, crew members felt they were on a sinking ship - and some literally were. The shoot may have even been a clue to a cold case decades later. But the misfortune that befell the production of Jaws seemed to make the movie... better? So was Jaws cursed? Or was it #blessed?
Apocalypse Now: At War With Nature
Francis Ford Coppola had no idea what he was getting into when he decided to pay for his own Vietnam War movie. Production took place in the middle of the Philippines, where their strongman dictator had enacted martial law. Completely up against the elements, the cast and crew braved wild animals, disease, tropical storms, drug binges, emotional breakdowns - and some people even almost got arrested for murder. Almost. Apocalypse Now ranks perhaps at #1 on the list of the Most Arduous Shoots - Ever.
The Wizard of Oz
A crown gem in the catalogue of Hollywood escapist cinema, The Wizard of Oz brought joy to millions of Americans -- but the actors in this MGM monstrosity were anything but joyful as they risked their health, and in some cases, their lives, to play roles they were contractually obligated to play. First, we'll go into what went on behind the Emerald Curtain, then we'll examine the tragic life, but lasting legacy of Judy Garland. Fires! Toxic chemicals! Hospital visits! Oh my!
The Shining: A Nightmare Set
Join us for the last episode of our Spooky Series as we take a close look at one of our favorite films, The Shining. How far is too far when it comes to perfecting your craft? Join us as we delve into the real hotel that inspired the book of the same name, the intense life on set and how this set might be cursed in a way we haven't discussed before. This may be our last episode for the season, but we will certainly be back.
Rosemary's Baby: Satanic Panic
As the Church of Satan was forming in the 1960s, so was the classic film, Rosemary’s Baby. This led some superstitious folks to draw parallels between director Roman Polanski, and the murder of his wife, Sharon Tate, to the storyline of Rosemary’s husband, who sells his her unborn child to the devil. While we look at the initial media coverage of the Tate/Manson murders, we’ll discuss how the human mind searches for meaning in tragedy, and how this mindset can inappropriately place blame on victims.
The Conjuring: The Warrens Part 3
In our third and final exploration of Ed and Lorraine Warren's contributions to cinematic history, we will cover the dramatic haunting of the Perron family that inspired the 2013 horror film, The Conjuring. From angry spirits to angry home-buyers, the human melodrama that took place over the Perron/Warren haunting is perhaps more fraught than the stories of possession and witches that can be seen in the film.
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Perfect for Film Nerds with Dark Sense of Humor
Love this series. Hits a tone between researched/educated content and informal discussion between friends which I find really enjoyable. Learn a lot but doesn’t feel like a lecture and the dark side to all the stories feeds my morbid curiosity!
Enjoyably Cursed Fun.
I found this show when searching for a podcast on Rosemary’s Baby. They covered some of the most bizarre on-set facts that I had not known. I mean the kind of info that makes your jaw drop (refer to filming the scene of Mia Farrow crossing a street). Once I listened to the show, I was hooked. I’ve listened to each episode several times over because it’s become my favorite end-of-the-night activity as of late. Hoping they continue with this type of subject matter (not sure if it was just a seasonal October thing), but whatever they offer up next, it’s gonna be a fun ride. These ladies are a lot of fun to listen to and I’m looking forward to more.
Informative and Entertaining
Katie and Amelia are able to share their well researched features with enthusiasm that makes it interesting and easy for the listener to understand and enjoy the podcast. Kudos and keep it up!