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The Dark Tragedy Behind ‘The Twilight Zone: The Movie’

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For years, sci-fi fans hoped for a movie based on The Twilight Zone. When The Twilight Zone: The Movie was finally released in 1983, it was met with a somber reception. It didn’t have anything to do with the acting or special effects. The movie was also plagued with one of the most horrific incidents in film.

A Tragic Accident

On July 23, 1982, Emmy nominated actor, Vic Morrow, and child actors, Shin-Yi Chen and Myca Dinh Le, were killed when a helicopter crashed on set. War veteran Dorcey Wingo, who was the helicopter’s pilot, accidentally triggered a motor effect by turning the aircraft 180 degrees to left.

A Correct Premonition

Actor Vic Morrow had a gut feeling that something was about to go down during this shot. “I must be out of my mind to be doing this. I should’ve asked for a stunt double. What can they do but kill me, right?!” he told a production assistant. Years before the incident, he admitted to knowing how he would die. “I have always had a premonition I was going to die in a helicopter crash,” he stated.

Court Is In Session

Film director, John Landis, was charged with involuntary manslaughter along with the film’s other producers and Wingo. When it came to facing the judge, crew members painted Landis like a monster. Cameraman, Randall Robinson, stated that Landis wanted Wingo to go lower into the explosion. Camera operator, Stephen Lydecker, said Landis purposely ignored all warnings of danger.

A Shocking Discovery

During the trial, it was discovered that Landis illegally hired those two child actors without the proper paperwork. The children were also hidden from a fire safety officer, who was looking over the blast scene. After the trial, California implemented stricter child labor laws. The families of the two children that died were given $2 million each in a civil settlement.

A Lifechanging Decision

Everyone was found not guilty during the case, but the effects of the situation still last today. Steven Spielberg, who co-produced the film, terminated all contact with Landis as a result. Landis, who still works in the film industry, knows this incident permanently scarred his life. “The tragedy, which I think about every day, had an enormous impact on my career, from which it may possibly never recover,” he told The Financial Times.

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Steve Jobs Apparently Couldn’t Stand ‘Iron Man 2,’ Disney CEO Reveals

In 2010, Iron Man 2 made its way to theaters worldwide as the third film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It became a hit for Marvel Studios with $623.9 million earned at the box office. One person who wasn't a fan of the film was the late Steve Jobs. Speaking Their Mind Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed a conversation held...

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Ozzy Osbourne Plans To Continue Making Music Even After His Frightening Fall At Home

In January, iconic rocker Ozzy Osbourne was the victim of a fall in his own home. The accident led to him going under the knife three times and canceling all live performances. Now, Osbourne is back, and he's proclaiming to keep making music until his last breath. A Scary Moment At Home In an interview The Sun, Osbourne discussed his...

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More Than Just a Pawn Star: The Tumultuous Off-Camera Journey Of Chumlee

Pawn Stars continues to attract a devoted fan base who tune in to see more than just the crazy rare antiques brought into the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop. They truly love Chumlee, his predictably goofy behavior, and the hilarious banter that ensues. Yet though Chumlee may be the show’s resident clown, his life story is anything but predictable and funny.

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