This article will be taking a closer look at the Vic Morrow death scene, and the so-called ‘Twilight Zone Curse’ that many people believe was behind this tragic Hollywood incident…
The tragic event that was behind the Twilight Zone Curse took place at 2:30 am, on July the 23rd, 1982. Filmmakers behind The Twilight Zone motion picture were in the process of filming the first segment/story of the anthology movie.
The scene involved actor Vic Morrow and child actors Renee Shin-Yi Chen and Myca Dinh Le, and the segment was directed by John Landis (it was titled ‘Time Out’).
The plot was a typically interesting one – Vic Morrow’s character is a racist bigot who ends up being whisked through time so that he could get a taste of his own medicine.
This particular July scene involved Morrow’s racist character rescuing two children from a US helicopter raiding a Vietnamese village.
Morrow was set to run through the scene with the two children underneath his arms. A helicopter was supposed to follow them as it drove through pyrotechnics and false explosions.
Unfortunately, the pilot of the helicopter struggled to get a clear view of the scene through the smoke and lost control of the vehicle. A technician failed to see this and detonated some charges that proved to be too close to the helicopters tail rotor.
The helicopter went down instantly, killing Morrow and the two girls in the process (Morrow and Myca were decapitated and mutilated by the main rotor of the helicopter and Renee was crushed by the skids).
The Twilight Zone Curse
The tragic accident was captured by three separate angles – Morrow and the child actors died, but the pilot somehow survived.
John Landis, along with producer Steven Spielberg, were arrested along with the helicopter’s pilot and the pyrotechnics technician – they were all charged with manslaughter.
They were all acquitted of the charges.
Authorities also found a handful of laws broken – the two young girls were working at 2:30 am…this was a breach child labor law. Their parents had been instructed to keep quiet about the late night working hours.
The families of Morrow and the two girls both sued, but eventually settled out of court for an undisclosed fee.
Do you believe that this movie was cursed, or was it nothing more than a simple. yet tragic on-set accident?
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