Believe it or not, both the original 1976 The Omen and the 2006 remake have had some creepy occurrences on the set and off it.
The 1976 “Omen curse” includes a multitude of bizarre events, such as the suicide of Gregory Peck’s son two months before Peck started shooting the film.
Peck, producer Mace Neufeld and writer David Seltzer all also survived harrowing plane journeys (in Peck’s case by missing the doomed flight altogether) and an animal handler who worked on the film being eaten alive by a lion two weeks later.
The one that takes the cake, though, is the eerie coincidence that special effects supervisor John Richardson encountered, reports What Culture.
He designed the movie’s infamous decapitation sequence featuring David Warner, yet while in Holland with his assistant Liz Moore, a car crash left Moore suffering a similar fate to Warner’s character, horrifically decapitated.
What’s more, Richardson exited the vehicle and apparently saw a road sign for “Ommen, 66.6 km”, though this fact has been questioned considering that in Holland road signs do not show fractions of kilometers: that is saved only for bicycle paths.
Still, guess what day this all happened on. That’s right, Friday the 13th of August, 1976.
As for the 2006 remake? Two days of filming were completely ruined by an unknown camera error, which according to director John Moore read “Error 666″, even though camera operators insisted that such an error code did not exist.
True story, or was Moore just trying to drum up publicity for his movie?