I’m not a Christmassy person at all and I’m sure I’m not the only one. So I’ve decided to write a “guide” for all the weirdos out there in the world who are in need of an advice on how to “survive” during the most annoying time of the year. I guess the only silver lining is that we can all get drunk and eat A LOT, because you know, it’s tradition! Anyway, whether you celebrate Christmas or another event, or even if you don’t celebrate at all, here’s a list of movies that I watch during this holiday season and that make everything a lot more bearable (especially the dinners with parents you only see on Christmas!).
So peeps, what are you going to do on Halloween? Are you a party-person or do you prefer a long horror-movie marathon night? As for me, I love to indulge myself in a good old horror-movie marathon, don’t get me wrong I like parties and having fun but as I’m “getting old” I prefer a more quiet time, not that watching horror/gruesome movies is a relaxing thing anyway!
Talking about movies, some of them have a really particular “background” as they are believed to be CURSED! Here some of my favourites.
POLTERGEIST – 1982
Dominique Dunne starred as the teen daughter in the haunted house, was strangled less than six months after the film came out by her boyfriend, who served only 3½ years after being convicted of voluntary manslaughter. Heather O’Rourke, the famous blonde child, died of a rare disease at age 12, shortly after filming “Poltergeist III,” which was released after her death. Meanwhile, Will Sampson, who played the medicine man in “Poltergeist II” died at 53 of scleroderma; Julian Beck, the evil preacher in the second film, died at 60 of stomach cancer. As you can see there are a lot of deaths, but why talking about a curse? Well, apparently the film makers used real human remains as props in the first Poltergeist movie, which brought some very bad luck.
ROSEMARY’S BABY – 1968
Rosemary’s Baby is a 1968 Roman Polanski film about a Manhattan woman whose husband signs a Faustian pact with the Satan-worshipping cult,allowing the devil to impregnate her wife in return for his successful career. The film’s composer died of a brain clot one year after making the film, the same way a character in the film dies. Then producer William Castle suffered kidney failure soon after the film was made. But the curse is mainly built around a terrible event related to Roman Polanski (I bet you all know what I’m going to write about). In March of 1969 Polanski had bought a house for himself and his 8 months pregnant wife Sharon Tate. The previous owner of the house was music producer Terry Melcher, who had previously refused to record Manson’s music. Manson expressed his disappointment by ordering his cult to go to Polanski’s house, there they killed Sharon Tate, her unborn baby and four others, stabbing the victims multiple times. Polanski was in London at the time and thus survived the onslaught. Smaller coincidences related to the ‘curse’: the Manson family nicknamed their murder spree “Helter Skelter” after the Beatles song, later, John Lennon would be murdered outside his hotel ‘The Dakota’. This was the same hotel used in some scenes in the film.
OMEN – 1976
No film in history has had worse luck than The Omen. Star Gregory Peck and the screenwriter David Seltzer took two different planes in to the UK, and both planes were struck by lightning. And if that wasn’t enough, executive producer Mace Neufelds’ plane from Rome was almost struck by lightning as well. Director Richard Donner was even more unlucky, the hotel where he was staying was bombed by the IRA and he was also struck by a car. Gregory Peck was the most unfortunate one – in the Omen, Peck’s character eventually have to kill his own son, in real life, Peck’s son had committed suicide, only months before the shooting started. Numerous members of the crew where in a car crash one day and special effects artist John Richardson were injured in an accident on the set of ‘A Bridge too Far’ and his girlfriend, during the same accident, was beheaded. And rumour has it that when Richardson crawled out from the wreck he saw a road sign: Ommen, 66.6km.
Now, that’s a lot of bad luck…