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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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The Reason Tom Hanks Always Plays Good Guys

Tom Hanks has never played a “bad character.” He’s definitely not a villain. Instead, he’s Forrest Gump, Toy Story’s Woody, and most recently, Mister Fred Rogers. Everyone loves Tom Hanks. He recently revealed why he doesn’t play bad guys, and his reason might just make you love him even more. A Look At His Career Tom Hanks is one of the...

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Is The Irishman Based On A True Story? The Answer Is More Complicated Than You’d Think

Martin Scorsese's new film, The Irishman, hit theaters and Netflix recently. The movie has racked up over four million dollars at the box office so far. And that's not even an accurate gauge of how well the movie is being received because Netflix hasn't released information for their platform views. With an Oscar-winning director as well as an Oscar-winning cast, The Irishman is...

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‘Mad Men’ Stars Kiernan Shipka And Jon Hamm Reunite

AMC's Mad Men is one of the 21st century's finest shows. For seven seasons, the show impressed critics with its storytelling and historical accuracy. Recently, co-stars Jon Hamm and Kiernan Shipka reunited, and it got fans of the show excited. Father Knows Best Shipka celebrated her 20th birthday, and all of her close friends were invited. Hamm, who played her father on Mad Men, came by...

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