Killed on Set: List Of Top 7 Famous Hollywood tragedies

Killed on Set: List Of Top 7 Famous Hollywood tragedies

Updated on August 03, 2022 19:12 PM by Andrew Koschiev

We top tragic movie mishaps after US actor Alec Baldwin discharged a pretend gun during filming, killing a cinematographer and injuring the director.

The Captive

The first gun-related death occurred during the making of the silent film "The Captive" in 1915 when extra Charles Chandler was shot in the head. He was killed when a bullet from a weapon remained in it after soldiers fired live ammo at a door to make the situation more realistic.

2014 Canadian thriller The Captive, formerly known as Queen of the Night and Captives, was directed by Atom Egoyan and co-written by David Fraser. Ryan Reynolds, Bruce Greenwood, Scott Speedman, Rosario Dawson, Mireille Enos, Kevin Durand, and Alexia Fast are among the actors who appear in the movie. At the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, it was chosen to compete for the Palme d'Or in the main competition division. On December 12, 2014, the movie was made available on demand and in a few limited cinemas.

The presentation of the movie is nonlinear, and only context distinguishes the present-day sequences from the flashbacks. Furthermore, even though the story takes place across eight years, all of the scenes are set in the winter for added drama.

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Twilight Zone

Vic Morrow, an actor, lost his head and two young extras from Vietnam died in 1982 when a chopper landed on them after being struck by fireworks while filming a night fight scene for a sci-fi horror movie close to Los Angeles. In the first such case in Hollywood history, director John Landis was later cleared of the manslaughter of the 53-year-old actor and the kids, who were six and seven.

Steven Spielberg and John Landis created the 1983 American science fiction horror anthology movie Twilight Zone: The Movie. The film includes four stories that were helmed by Landis, Spielberg, Joe Dante, and George Miller, and is based on Rod Serling's 1959–1964 television series of the same name.  While the pieces by Spielberg, Dante, and Miller are remakes of episodes from the original series, Landis' segment is an original story written for the movie. Dan Aykroyd, Albert Brooks, Scatman Crothers, John Lithgow, Vic Morrow, and Kathleen Quinlan are among the actors who appear in the movie. Burgess Meredith takes over Serling's narrator duties in the movie, which also stars Patricia Barry, Peter Brocco, Murray Matheson, Kevin McCarthy, Bill Mumy, and William Schallert from the original series.

When Morrow and two illegally recruited child actors died in a stunt helicopter crash while Landis' section was being filmed, the movie's production gained attention.  The deaths sparked years of legal action, and even though no one was held criminally at fault, the movie industry was forced to adopt new safety protocols. The movie received mixed reviews after it came out, with praise going to Joe Dante and George Miller's segments but criticism going to Landis and Spielberg. It was a commercial triumph, bringing in $42 million on a $10 million budget, despite the controversy and unfavorable reviews.

The Crow

In 1993, martial arts legend and son of Bruce Lee Brandon Lee was shot and died on the set of "The Crow," sparking a flurry of rumors that Hong Kong gangsters were responsible for his death.

The Crow is a 1994 American superhero movie that was written by David J. Schow and John Shirley and directed by Alex Proyas. It features Brandon Lee in his final acting role as Eric Draven, a slain musician who is raised from the dead to exact revenge on both his and his fiancée's murderers. The movie is based on the same-titled James O'Barr comic. The Crow's production was tragically interrupted when Lee suffered a deadly injury while being filmed. The movie was finished thanks to screenplay revisions, a stunt double, and digital effects because Lee had finished most of his scenes before his passing. The Crow is dedicated to Lee and Eliza Hutton, his future wife.

After Lee passed away, Paramount Pictures decided not to release the movie. Instead, Miramax purchased the rights and oversaw the production of The Crow. The Crow received favorable reviews upon its debut, with the majority of Rotten Tomatoes reviewers complimenting the film's tone, graphics, cinematography by Dariusz Wolski, production design, and acting by Lee.  Along with earning $94 million on a $23 million budget, it also developed a sizable cult following. Due to the movie's popularity, three sequels and a television series have been produced. The sequels, which mainly featured new characters and no members of the original cast, fell short of the first movie's success.

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Batman: The Dark Knight

Following the 2007 death of stuntman Conway Wickliffe during a driving scene for "The Dark Knight," which was followed by Heath Ledger, 28, who played The Joker, overdosing on drugs, rumors of a "Curse of Batman" began to spread. The day before the UK premiere of the movie, co-star Morgan Freeman suffered serious injuries in a vehicle accident, while Batman himself Christian Bale was accused of attacking his mother and sister.

The follow-up to Batman Begins from 2008 is The Dark Knight. Christian Bale plays Batman, Michael Caine plays Alfred J. Pennyworth, Heath Ledger plays the Joker, Aaron Eckhart plays Harvey Dent/Two-Face, Maggie Gyllenhaal plays Rachel Dawes, Gary Oldman plays James Gordon, and Morgan Freeman plays Lucius Fox in Christopher Nolan's film. In the US, The Dark Knight premiered on July 18, 2008.

In terms of box office receipts, The Dark Knight outperformed every other movie in the franchise, both before and after it. The public's understanding of the movie was greatly impacted by the young star Heath Ledger's passing and the media phenomenon that followed. The Dark Knight Rises, a second sequel with Nolan and Bale returning, was ordered for a 2012 release.

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The Jumper

In 2008, while filming in Toronto, a set dresser was killed while working on the Samuel L. Jackson science fiction film when frozen sand, dirt, and ice from an external set toppled onto the crew below. David Ritchie, 56, passed away immediately.

The jumper is a 2008 American science fiction action movie that is partially based on Steven Gould's 1992 book of the same name. Hayden Christensen plays a young guy with the ability to teleport who is being pursued by a hidden society that wants to kill him in the Doug Liman-directed movie. Along with Samuel L. Jackson, Jamie Bell, Rachel Bilson, Max Thieriot, AnnaSophia Robb, Diane Lane, Michael Rooker, and others star in the film. Before filming, the script was revised, and the main characters' roles were altered during the process. Between 2006 and 2007, Jumper was filmed in 20 places and 14 nations. The release day for the movie was February 14, 2008. The movie made $225 million worldwide but was panned by critics for its rushed plot, anticlimactic conclusion, and numerous alterations made to Gould's book.

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter

Paul W. S. Anderson wrote and directed the 2016 action-horror movie Resident Evil: The Final Chapter. It is the sixth and last entry in the Resident Evil film series, which is based on the same-named video game franchise. Resident Evil: Retribution (2012) was the direct sequel to this entry. Milla Jovovich, Iain Glen, Ali Larter, Shawn Roberts, Eoin Macken, Fraser James, Ruby Rose, Rola, and William Levy are among the actors who appear in the movie. In the movie, Albert Wesker's clone betrays Alice and her allies by assembling all of Umbrella's forces for one last assault on the post-apocalypse survivors.

The Final Chapter, the series' sixth and final movie, was revealed to be in the works by Sony Pictures. It was shot in 2D and later converted to stereoscopic 3D. Anderson highlighted his goal for the last film to "come full circle," bringing back characters, concepts, and the Hive's surroundings from the first movie. This is in keeping with the previous movie. In South Africa, principal photography began on September 18, 2015. The Final Chapter, the series' sixth and final movie, was revealed to be in the works by Sony Pictures. It was shot in 2D and later converted to stereoscopic 3D. Anderson highlighted his goal for the last film to "come full circle," bringing back characters, concepts, and the Hive's surroundings from the first movie. This is in keeping with the previous movie. In South Africa, principal photography began on September 18, 2015.

Midnight Rider

The Hollywood Reporter claims: "While filming a dream sequence on the railroad tracks for the Gregg Allman biopic she was working on, Jones was run over and killed by a train in Wayne County, Georgia. A Georgia police investigation found that while the crew scurried to avoid being hit by an approaching train, they were unable to remove a prop bed from the tracks in time, and when the train hit it, a piece of the bed knocked Jones into the path of the engine. Jones died instantly after being struck by the train's fuel tank."

Randall Miller, the director of the movie, was sentenced to prison after entering a guilty plea to involuntary manslaughter.

The Allman Brothers Band, an American rock band, wrote the song "Midnight Rider." It was the second single from their 1970 Capricorn Records-released second studio album, Idlewild South. Gregg Allman, the singer, wrote most of the song, starting at a leased cabin outside of Macon, Georgia. To finish the song's lyrics, he asked roadie Robert Kim Payne for assistance. To finish the song's demo, he and Payne broke into Capricorn Sound Studios.

While "Midnight Rider" did not do well on the charts when it was first released by the Allman Brothers, it performed significantly better in cover versions. The song's biggest chart success was Gregg Allman's solo rendition, which was released in 1973 and reached the top 20 in both the United States and Canada. Its highest peak was in the UK, where a cover by Jamaican artist Paul Davidson reached number 10. Willie Nelson, a country music performer, also released a rendition of the song that peaked at number six on the American country charts.

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