While films like Poltergeist and The Exorcist are often recognized as the most cursed productions in horror history, The Omen has a very legit claim to that terrifying title.
One of the film’s animal handlers was mauled to death by a tiger 24 hours after he organized the baboon scene.
Both Gregory Peck and David Seltzer, who wrote the screenplay for the film, were aboard planes that were struck by lightning.
Producer Harvey Bernhard also had a very close call with lightning when he was nearly struck in Rome.
Gregory Peck very nearly boarded a flight for one of the filming locations in Israel. It’s a good thing he didn’t, but a tragedy all the same, as everyone who did board that flight lost their lives when the plane crashed.
It seems as though Peck’s participation in particular was doomed from the start, as his son Jonathan Peck committed suicide just months before filming began.
During filming, director Richard Donner’s hotel was bombed by the IRA.
And finally, one of the creepiest incidents related to the film has to be the accident that special effects director John Richardson and his assistant Liz Moore were involved in. The crash left Moore decapitated, a chilling resemblance to one of the onscreen deaths featured in The Omen. If rumors are true, a sign near the wreckage read Ommen 66km. That accident, by the way, happened on Friday the 13th – in August, 1976, just a month or so after the picture’s release.
If that’s not a cursed production, I don’t know what is!