miercuri, 15 ianuarie 2014

5 Movie Urban Legends:Part 2

My last article on this topic scored in the most views on this blog. That's 1000+ visitors on one article in 2 months. Obviously, 99% of the people who read the first part of '5 Movie Urban Legends' didn't bother to read the rest of the stuff on this blog. That's perfect.

 Like I said, the few of you who have read my earlier posts will notice a few unusual things about this post. But as far as that goes, it's still good. Here goes...


1.Apocalypse Now(1979) http://www.apocalypse-now.org/

Heard of this one? Probably yes. It's the thing where Martin Sheen is sent to Cambodia to assassinate some colonel who claims to be a god.

Apocalypse Now (1979) Poster

 So what exactly places this movie on our urban legends list? No curses and lunatics this time, but a few interesting bits.

 Apparently, Sheen was drunk while most of the movie was shot. The parts where he isn't are probably the parts that were done with his double. Why?

 According to both internet creepy pasta and whatever records there are out there, Martin Sheen had a heart attack on set. Nobody knows why this happened.

 But there's another interesting part- the scene where he smashes a mirror, then collapses, soaked in his own blood. His own blood.

 If you take a look at the original script, you'll notice there is no mention of this taking place in the film. Instead, Sheen took a more improvised approach here by accidentaly stabbing himself with mirror fragments while high on the alcohol.


2.Twilight Zone:The Movie(1982) 

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0086491/?ref_=ttloc_loc_tt


This one is perfect for a respectable controversy freak. There's so much tragedy in this one I have no idea how to start.

 First of all, Spielberg produced it.

 (The helicopter in the picture above is not 'part of the movie'. Even if it is, it wasn't supposed to.)

 So there's this scene in the movie where an entire village blows up in flames. Vic Morrow(who had the leading role) quickly picks up two small children under each arm, then proceeds to run across a river with a helicopter flying just a few feet above their heads.

 Obviously, this sounds like an interesting green screen attempt or a pretty dangerous stunt. According to Paul Stewart(the special-fx guy), it was none. In fact, he told the parents of the two kids that a lot of loud noises were about to come up, but there was no risk involved. What happened?

 First, someone yelled out 'action!'. The helicopter took off and Morrow grabbed the kids, heading for the river. Then this:


 Pyrotechnics popped in as Vic struggled to face the wind coming from the propellers. In no time, the heavily armed set took down the helicopter. The pilots lost control and crashed on top of the three people, beheading Vic and 6 year- old Renee Shin-Yi Chen, then crushing 7 year old Dinh Le to death.

 Paul Stewart and John Landis, the director of the film were later tried for manslaughter.

 While the above is certainly verified, there's a bit more controversy involving the two kids. The parents, for whom I couldn't find any evidence to prove their existence, were allegedly told to keep quiet about the two children acting out in the scene, mostly because child labor laws prevented them from working nights. If anyone asked, they'd claim that they're friends with the producers and have simply offered to help out.



3.The Exorcist(1973) http://theexorcist.warnerbros.com/


We all know a lot about this one, most of which was just a marketing strategy. But the rumors around it are still good to hear.


 To start with, the whole production of this film was a freaky experience. Freaky enough that the director had a priest bless the set before they started shooting anything.

 Then the scary 'events' popped in one after the other: 

 First, a fire destroyed the studio. Things went on fine from there... until the release... when both Jack MacGowran and Vasiliki Maliaros died before they could see the movie. 
 This whole series of deaths sounded a little weird, so I decided to check the life span of these two people. Here's what I came up with:

 Vasiliki Maliaros? She was born in 1883 and died in 1973, aged 89. This was also her first and only movie, so I'm guessing that a part in it was more like a death wish. As for MacGowran? He was 54 at the time of his death, probably a heavy smoker as well as professional alcoholic who died of a flu epidemic while in London. 

 Besides, The Exorcist isn't the only production where the set caught fire. Next.

4.A Day at The Beach(1970, 1992) 

 What is 'A Day at The Beach'? Most likely one of those odd 70's movies about nothing. It's the controversy that makes up to it.


 Some say Peter Sellers also shows up in the movie while wearing a disguise. In fact, there is a short sequence when the main character talks to a store owner closely resembling him. But enough with that- time for the cool part...

 Produced by Paramount, 'A Day at The Beach' is a movie directed by Roman Polanski, who apparently never directed it, only working as one of the producers. Some say he did it only to cope with the murder of Sharon Tate(his wife), who was killed by the Manson Family.

 Released in 1970, the film was somehow lost without a trace for over 22 years, only for it to be shown to the public again in 1992. There are also some rumors about parts that were cut out from the old version, but my question stays the same: who was the mysterious store owner and who directed him?


5.I Know Your Browser History(2009 or 2013) 

http://www.browserhistorymovie.com/

I couldn't find much about this one, but the story behind it is worth hearing.


Either in 2009 or 2013, some kid got his camera and decided to make a movie by himself, having no help from anyone. And guess what? He did it, but the few people who know of this movie have no idea how.

 Personally, I've never seen the movie and I'm quite sure nobody has. All there is to it are some stills and movie clips, most popular being the one above. But enough with that. Time for some internet tales...

 I'm assuming you've guessed the plot(a guy blackmails the world with the only thing we have in common), though I'm not sure of anything else above that.What seems more interesting is the following:

1. The guy claims to have done it by himself, yet there appear to be moving shots in the film. There is one shot where you can see the shadow of someone holding the camera and some where there should have been a shadow instead of none.

2. Clues in the background point out that the movie was done in 2009. There is also a banner ad for the iPhone 3GS in one particular shot, but more confusing is the laptop and car the protagonist uses, all from the 90's. In fact, other cars in this movie seem to be from the early 2000's. The whole thing is quite strange, since IMDb states the budget for this film is 5000$, which is too little to replace the entire locations. The director(who also did everything else) claims he did it for $0, if you count out the camera.

3.Most of the movie is filmed on an empty field and through a forest that is allegedly called 'The Suicide Woods'. Funny thing is, a rope with a cut off end is seen hanging from one of the trees during an action scene. 

 Some say there is also a previous version of the movie and that it also features a hidden message, but that again sounds like- creepy pasta.