Some of the most memorable horror films of our time have developed some tragic myths of their own. Three, in particular, deal with stories involving Satan, including Rosemarys Baby, The Omen and The Exorcist.
Just months after releasing 1968s Rosemarys Baby, director Roman Polanski suffered the loss of his wife, Sharon Tate, who was pregnant at the time, at the hands of the Manson family.
A decade later, a multitude of strange events afflicted production on The Omen, including a crew members fatal car crash and a bolt of lightning that reportedly struck the plane of screenwriters David Seltzer and actor Gregory Peck. The instances have been chronicled in the 2005 TV documentary, The Curse of the Omen.
As for The Exorcist, curse-mongers often cite the travails of young actress Linda Blair. After her role as the possessed child, a 15-year-old Blair dated rocker Rick Springfield, at the time in his mid-20s, and later succumbed to a myriad of drug and legal problems.
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