Five of the Most Shocking and Worst Movie Set Disasters
There is no movie set or filming locations that are 100% foolproof to ensure safety. Accidents are inevitable and sometimes, the worst happens. Here’s some of the movie set disasters that shocked Hollywood.
Vic Morrow and two child actors Myca Din Le and Renn Shin-Yi, aged 7 & 6 died and were decapitated by the blades of the helicopter used in the set. The helicopter was flying at a very low altitude it hit the pyrotechnics and blasted on its tail rotor causing it to spin out of control and crashed.
In one of the movie’s filming locations, where a scene involved rappelling down a parasailing line, Harry L. O'connor, Vin’s stuntman, failed to rappel down fast enough on the line and hit a bridge instead of landing on a submarine. Connor died instantly and was caught on camera but was edited out as a form of respect.
So much for Achilles’ heel, indeed Brad Pitt tore his Achilles in a mishap during a production of Troy. George Camilleri, one the many casts of the movie suffered from a broken leg while filming an action sequence. His injury became more complicated which led to his death.
These accidents are clear reminders that safety and security are top priorities when setting up movie productions. These aspects should always be a work in progress and should never be taken with complacency. When scouting for filming locations,even if just looking at filming location directories like lightsonlocation.com, the safety aspects of the location must be included in its features.