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10 Hollywood Movie Stunts That Went Horribly Wrong And Took Lives

Action movies are a joy for every movie lover and we do get amazed by the VFX, stunts, action scenes that take our breath away. Though every stunt is performed with proper care, it doesn't guarantee a 100% success rate every time and injuries and accidents remain a part that cannot be neglected. We do read news around actors getting injured while performing any stunt scene which also proves that not every action scene or stunt is fake and actual energy and dedication of many people are involved in making those scenes work.Also, the accidents are not just limited to minor injuries as we have seen people losing their lives in many unfortunate cases. So here is a compilation of the most horrible accidents that the world of the movie industry has ever seen till date.

 1. A Vampire in Brooklyn (1995) 

It didn't get a good response on the box-office but still, the horrible incident which is attached to this title makes this movie unforgettable. The stunt double for Angela Bassett, Sonia Davis was performing a backflip from a height of around 45-foot, but instead of falling on the airbag, she smashed her head on the pavement. Later it was found that the airbag was misplaced that led to this incident. Sonia Davis died of her injuries two-week after the accident.

2. Top Gun (1986)

Featuring stars like Tom Cruise, the top gun had a plane scene for which Art Scholl was assigned the duty to take those mind blowing air shoot. This was no new for Art, he was already well-known Hollywood stunt pilot. During a flat spin, Art lost the control over the plane and failed to recover it to its original position. “I have a problem,”, “I have a real problem,” were his last words before crashing into the Pacific Ocean. Unfortunately, his body didn't get recover.

3. Flight of the Phoenix (1965)

Paul Mantz, a very popular pilot in Hollywood died in a plane crash during a scene shot of the movie. The accident happened when the plane struck a small hillock, a desert site in Arizona for a second take.

4. The Crow (1994) 

Brandon Lee, son of the legendary actor Bruce Lee, was extensively wounded while filming a scene of “The Crow”. Brandon was mistakenly shot with a .44mm revolver during a scene in the film by Actor Michael Massee, who was playing her wife. The bullet hit the abdomen of Brandon. Sadly, he passed away at the age of 28 years.

5. Shark (1969)

During a shot, one of the stuntmen was attacked and killed by a shark who was supposed to be sedated. When the team started promoting the film by using death, Samuel Fuller, the director of the film left the movie because of the issues afterwards. 

6. The Dark Knight (2008) 

Heath Ledger was not the only one who died during The Dark Knight shooting. Conway Wickliffe, a stunt technician, died in an incident when he was filming a parallel running truck during a shot. He was filming the truck when his car hit a tree.

7. The Lord of the Rings (2001)

Viggo Mortensen who played Aragorn in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy performed all his stunts on his own and also suffered many injuries while performing so. Viggo even knocked out one of his teeth during one scene. The director named him ‘the walking wounded’ by the film’s director, due to his dedication for the original stunts.

8. Noah’s Ark (1928) 

While filming a flood scene in the movie, so much of water was used that the 3 extras actually drowned. One of them was so badly injured that one of his legs had to go through a surgical operation. 

9. Twilight Zone 

During the filming of the movie, a helicopter crashed from the height of just 25-feet, resulting into the death of actor Vic Morrow and two child actors- Myca Dinh Le (7) and Renee Shin-Yi Chen (6). Vic and Myca were crashed with the helicopter blade while Chen was crushed to death because of the helicopter crash. Everyone in the helicopter including the pilot survived with some minor injuries. 

10. The Indiana Jones

One of the most popular action movie series ever, The Indiana Jones too is not left untouched from the dark side of the accidents. Stuntman Anislav Varbanov died from head injuries while practising a quick tumbling roll, which was a part of the movie scene.