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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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Everything We Know About ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ (Including Iceman’s Return)

Top Gun was the number one blockbuster in the summer of '86, and it is making its return to screens very soon. With Tom Cruise reprising his role and a new director taking the wheel, Top Gun: Maverick is expected to be one of the biggest movies of 2020. However, Tom Cruise isn't the only Top Gun star fans should look...

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Breaking Bad Star In Talks To Join The MCU Rogues Gallery

The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has been dominating the film industry. One factor that keeps Marvel in front of their competition is the elite caliber of actors in their films. Rumors suggest that Breaking Bad star Giancarlo Esposito could play a substantial role in the MCU. Esposito would be another stellar member of Marvel's all-star cast. Esposito has been in...

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Ed Sheeran Bought His Neighbors’ Homes After Their Numerous Complaints

When you're someone like Ed Sheeran, you have to think big with your expensive abode. Unfortunately, the neighbors might have some complaints thrown in your direction. Apparently, Sheeran took the high road with his neighbors and bought them out of their homes. A Hidden Agenda? Sheeran has been busy buying houses near his farmhouse to form a compound. Back in April, the...

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