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10 Horror Movies Sets with Real Ghosts That Haunted the Cast

Sometimes the set of a scary movie turns out to be scarier than the film itself. These are 10 horror movie sets with real ghosts that haunted the cast!

By Kelsey LangePublished 5 years ago 8 min read

Can you take a guess which of your favorite horror movie sets were actually haunted? We bet you'll be surprised by a few. If you were an actor or actress in a scary movie, and even after you returned home, you felt like you were still filming with ghosts, how would you feel? If that were me, I think I might have quit.

In the long run, each of these horror movie sets with real ghosts ended up providing incredible end results, though whether the real ghosts helped with filming or not is unknown. The real question I have is, were these ghosts were casted as extras, or did they get a full salary for their filming? Some of these movies were blockbuster hits, so I hope they got their fair share.

We're sure you've seen, or at least heard of Amityville Horror. Maybe you've seen the new Amityville Horror 2005 movie, but the original set is the holder of all of the paranormal stories. First, among the horror movie sets with real ghosts, Amityville Horror's set was a reportedly haunted house in New York that still stands to this day. You can even visit it yourself; you just can't go inside, making it one of the real haunted places in America.

Star of the movie, James Brolin, originally a nonbeliever of the paranoid, experienced something while reading a script. A pair of jeans reportedly fell off a hanger unexpectedly, leaving the actor gasping for air. And another incident occurred as a lamp fell over with no cause to be known.

We guess the paranormal world was active in the 1970s because The Exorcist was also one of the horror movie sets with real ghosts. This might be one of the scariest films to be made, especially for its time. And finding out that their set has an actual haunting makes the film that much more captivating. As an incredible story, part of the set for The Exorcist went up in flames during filming. This resulted in needing the entire Regan household to be rebuilt, besides the bedroom.

After the incident, the cast was shaken to the core, with only one thing on their mind: demons. They were so afraid of continuing filming that they had a real pastor exorcise the house. A bit ironic, isn't it? It gets worse. After the release of the film, eight deaths were associated with the production, actors playing Burke Dennings and Mrs Karras among the tragedy.

And the final spook had to do with a cross hung on the wall in a church across from the set. Though it wasn't inside the set, many believe that the lightning bolt that hit the cross was the blame for the movie. It was also one of the frightening horror movies that were banned.

The Poltergeist was also another groundbreaking film for the horror genre. And with a film that was entirely centered around ghosts and the paranormal, danger seemed to creep around the set.

During filming, it was reported that Oliver Robbins nearly died when he was "chocked by the arms of the evil puppet." Yes, you read that correctly. He actually had to be saved by Steven Spielberg to avoid further harm. Personally, I don't care how big the paycheck is. I would rather not be chocked by an evil doll at work.

Though no further incidents were reported, two actresses died young after the release of the film, which is incredibly eerie to think about. Heather O'Rourke, who played Carol, died only a few years after the release while Dominique Dunne, who played Dana, was actually strangled by an ex-boyfriend.

A more recent movie set, at least to me, is a bit scarier to hear about its haunting. As one of the scariest horror movie sets with real ghosts, The Conjuring was released only a few years ago, in 2013. The Conjuring is based on the real-life haunting of the Perron family. Once you find out its based on a true story, things get all too real.

This is especially true for actress Vera Farmiga, who played Lorraine Warren. Nothing crazy happened at first, but she reported to feel very uneasy about taking the job, and filming the movie altogether. When she returned home from set, she even refused to bring her script into her home, with the fear that it would cast bad energy on her house. She did not want to know how it feels to live in a haunted residence. However, this didn't work. One night, she opened her laptop and noticed three slashes across the screen, with no explanation.

But scariest of all, during filming, the real Perron family visited. While on set, the crew noted that a "strange gust of wind" seemed to follow them wherever they went. After their day on set, Carolyn Perron even noted that she was pushed to the ground after returning home. She felt that something from set had "come home with her."

The Omen's set was 100 percent haunted, but some might even believe that the set was haunted by demons. Due to the subject of Richard Donner's film being the antichrist, the set was bound to be visited by a few entities from the other side. Star of the horror film, Gregory Peck, was aboard a plane with David Seltzer, a screenwriter, when they were struck by lightning. Sounds like a one in a million chance right? Wrong.

Harvey Bernhard, the producer, was nearly struck by lighting while visiting Rome. And several people who were linked to the film were involved in a car crash. Though none of these events occurred while actually on the set, the set and the filming of the movie as a whole was said to have "cursed" those involved.

But most tragic of all was the event in which special effects director John Richardson and his assistant Liz Moore were in a car accident that resulted in Moore being decapitated. The eeriest part? This incident occurred on Friday the 13th, and almost identically mirrors the movie's most violent scene.

The Exorcism of Emily Rose was also among the horror movie sets with real ghosts. Thought this film might not be as popular as the previous movies I've mentioned, this does not mean the ghosts were not as active on their set.

The movie portrays a debate on the potential reality of demonic possessions as well as the existence of the paranormal as a whole. However, we know which side the actors of the film would be on in this debate.

Some evidence of the paranormal that occurred was televisions and radios turning on and off during the late hours of the night, specifically three in the morning, which is said to be the devil's hour. Jennifer Carpenter, who played Emily, specifically claimed that her radio would play the chorus of Pearl Jam's "Alive" at three each night.

The Innkeepers' set activity was very specific. A lot of the paranormal activity that occurred on set had to do with technology, specifically the phones. Light would switch on and off, doors would swing open and slam shut, and the phone would ring. Once the phone was answered, no one would be on the other line.

But the coolest part has to be the history behind the set as a whole. The location was the Yankee Peddler Inn, which is a very old, historic hotel in Connecticut that you can stay at to this day.

However, on the outside it might seem quaint and quirky, the stories that fill the walls of the hotel are chilling. Filled with ghosts, I wouldn't check in for the night if I didn't want to share my room with an unwanted guest.

If you've never heard the story of Annabelle's set, buckle up. As one of the most terrifying horror movie sets with real ghosts, Annabelle's cast was not necessarily haunted by the set as a whole, but by the star of the show, Annabelle, the doll.

Though some cast members attested the weird occurrences to the doll's behaviors, others might just believe that the workings of a demon was amongst the set. Some incidents included chairs movings, plates flying of racks, and finger unknown fingerprints appearing. Director Leonetti tells his story of working on set with the doll,

“The first was when we were prepping, we went into the apartment where we were shooting, and in the transient window above the living room window. It was a full moon, and there were three fingers drawn through the dust along the window, and our demon has three fingers and three talons. They were being backlit by the moon.”

Another more recent movie that had a haunted set was The Possession, which released in 2012. Inspired by real events, (see the theme?) the film featured a "Dybbuk Box" which is a wine cabinet that was allegedly possessed by an evil spirit. Starring Jefrey Dean Morgan, before filming the movie, he called himself a skeptic.

However, while filming, he admitted to a few scary and unexplainable things happening. Even if they were small occurrences, cast members reported light bulbs exploding, cold breezes, and just an overall creepy vibe on set. The most incredible thing that happened was a storage facility burning literally to the ground, which destroyed the titular box.

Last, but not least, among the horror movie sets with real ghosts, is Rosemary's Baby. Though the hauntings and unusual behavior did not begin happening until after the cast and crew had left the set, it is believed that the filming of this movie had a lot to do with the occurrences.

The most horrific incident that happened involving the movie was the murder of the director's pregnant wife. This murder was one that we are sure you're familiar with: Roman Polanski's wife, Sharon Tate, was murdered by the Manson Family, along with three friends.

Another occurrence happened to producer William Castle. He received threatening letters following the film's release which involved much name calling and a prediction of illness. Surprisingly, Castle later suffered from debilitating health in which he later attested to the film being cursed. During an emergency room visit, he screamed, “Rosemary, for God’s sake, drop the knife!”

He also later said, “The story of Rosemary’s Baby was happening in life. Witches, all of them, were casting their spell, and I was becoming one of the principal players.”


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Kelsey Lange

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