BySam McCormick, writer at
Movies are like cakes, everybody loves cakes
Sam McCormick

You, like many, may believe that filming a movie is an easy job, well i'm sorry to tell you this my friend, they are not. Having done many projects myself I have experienced trouble on a film set, yet none as bad as the things that have happened on actually Hollywood feature films which have resulted in extreme measures such as deaths. This list shows the worst things to ever happen on a film set of some of your favorite films, and I warn you it is easy to read about many deaths and injuries.

10. Troy (2004) - Bye, bye achilles tendon and leg, hello hurricanes!

During the filming of Troy, Brad Pitt who played Achilles had a mishap during the production and tore his left achilles tendon. But the worst was yet to come when George Camilleri, a keen bodybuilder, broke his leg while filming an action sequence at Ghajn Tuffieha. He was operated on the following day but suffered complications and died 2 weeks later. In addition to that, while filming in Cabo, Baja California Sur, Mexico, the production had to deal with two hurricanes in less than a month; the last hurricane came the last week of production, when everything was pretty much wrapped. With these incidents it is surprising that the film because a million dollar box office hit!

9. Mockingjay Part 1 (2014) - "I think it's a bit smokey in here!"

The last thing you want when filming a film such as The Hunger Games: Mockingjay is your lead actress falling into an asthma attack, yet that is exactly what happened, while filming the scene where Jennifer Lawrence's character, Katniss Everdeen, leads a rebellion against the Capitol through a tunnel filled with smoke, a malfunctioning fog machine emitted too much smoke, causing her to collapse and cough heavily from the fumes.

8. The Hobbit (2012-2014) - Sinkholes don't make things any easier...

During the filming of The Hobbit, as many as 27 animals were killed, mainly from the hazardous conditions of the farm they were housed in. Several goats and sheep fell into a sinkhole under the farm. One horse was hobbled and left on the ground for three hours. Another horse was killed after falling off an embankment of an overcrowded paddock. One horse had the skin and muscles of her leg torn off by wire fencing. Several chickens were mauled to death by unsupervised dogs or trampled by larger animals. This led to a global protest against the film by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).

7. The Return of the Musketeers - "Woah Boy"

During the filming of the 1989 movie The Return of the Musketeers, actor Roy Kinnear fell from a horse in Toledo, Spain, sustaining a broken pelvis. He was taken to hospital in Madrid, and died from a heart attack the following day. The film's director, Richard Lester, quit his own film career as a direct result of Kinnear's death. May the marvelous actor continue to rest in peace.

6. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) - May your bones heal quickly...

Harrison Ford fractured a bone in his leg while filming at Pinewood Studios after a hydraulic door fell on him, and was subsequently taken to a hospital to receive treatment. Filming was initially expected to continue as planned as Ford receives treatment, though it was later revealed that production would be suspended for two weeks to accommodate Ford's injury. Ford's son Ben released details on his father's injury saying that his ankle will likely need a plate and screws and that filming could be altered slightly with the crew needing to shoot Ford from the waist up for a short time until he recovers

5. The Crow (1994) - Are props meant to kill you?

As one of the scenes of The Crow was being filmed, Brandon Lee --Bruce Lee's son-- was shot and killed by a prop .44 Magnum. The scene involved the firing of a full-powder blank (full charge of gunpowder, but no bullet) at Brandon's character; however, unknown to the film crew/firearms technician, a bullet was already lodged in the barrel and hit Lee in the abdomen.

4. XXX (2002) - The stuntman's worst nightmare

Harry L. O'Connor, Diesel's stunt double on the XXX action movie, was killed on a scene in which he was supposed to rappel down a parasailing line and land on a submarine. When O'Connor failed to rappel down the line fast enough, he hit a bridge at high speed and was killed instantly. His death was caught on camera. Director Rob Cohen decided to include the footage of the scene, with the final moments edited out, as a matter of respect for the stuntman's final act.

3. Top Gun (1986) - Aerobatic pilot crash

One of the worlds most loved films starring no other than Tom Cruise saw a renowned aerobatic pilot, hired to do in-flight camera work for the film and made to fly the difficult "flat spin" scene. During this scene, Scholl reported a problem with the plane; he was unable to recover from it and crashed his Pitts S-2 into the Pacific Ocean, off the Southern California coast near Carlsbad on September 16, 1985. Neither Scholl nor his aircraft were recovered, leaving the official cause of the accident unknown.

2. The Conqueror (1956) - "Radioactive, Radioactive. Whoa, oh, oh"

I probably shouldn't be joking about this one, but I had the chance and I took it. Of the 220 persons who worked on The Conqueror on its location near Utah in 1955, 91 had contracted cancer as of the early 1980s and 46 died of it, including stars John Wayne, Susan Hayward, Agnes Moorehead, and director Dick Powell. Experts say under ordinary circumstances only 30 people out of a group of that size should have gotten cancer.

The cause? No one can say for sure, but many attribute the cancers to radioactive fallout from U.S. atom bomb tests in nearby Nevada. Howard Hughes, the films producer, thought the movie was so bad that he bought up every copy (which cost him about $12 million) and refused to distribute the film. For years thereafter, the only person who saw it was Hughes himself, who screened it night after night during his paranoid last years, this until 1974 when Paramount reached a deal with him. This would be the last film that Hughes would produce.

1. The Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983) - Helicopters are dangerous!

During the filming of a segment of the 1983 movie The Twilight Zone, produced by Steven Spielberg, actor Vic Morrow and child actors Myca Dinh Le (age 7) and Renee Shin-Yi Chen (age 6) died in an accident involving a helicopter being used on the set. The helicopter was flying at an altitude of only 25 feet (8 meters), too low to avoid the explosions of the pyrotechnics used on set. When the blasts severed the tail rotor, it spun out of control and crashed, decapitating Morrow and Le with its blades. Chen was crushed to death as the helicopter crashed. Everyone inside the helicopter survived sustaining 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.

Well that was quite a depressing list wasn't it, you can't say I didn't warn you.


Latest from our Creators