Urban legends about films and movies.

The types of legends that surround films are too numerous to categorize. Here is a but a small selection of tales about altered endings, ghostly images, mysterious objects, and deaths, both on-camera and off.

Back to the Future II
Red bullet The 1989 film Back to the Future II correctly predicted the outcome of the 1997 World Series.*
Red bullet The hoverboards used in Back to the Future II were real.

Red bullet A stuntman was killed during the filming of the chariot race scene in 1959's Ben-Hur.

The Blair Witch Project
Red bullet The film The Blair Witch Project is based on documentary footage shot by three student filmmakers who mysteriously disappeared.*

Red bullet Ronald Reagan was the actor originally selected to play the role of Rick Blaine in Casablanca.

The Deer Hunter
Green bullet Showings of The Deer Hunter have inspired Russian Roulette suicides.

Red bullet Chance encounter between autistic child and film actor results in "dueling banjos" scene.

Dr. Zhivago
Red bullet A stuntwoman's legs were amputated when she fell under a train.

Red bullet The movie Fargo was based on a true story.

For Your Eyes Only
Green bullet One of the women in the James Bond film For Your Eyes Only used to be a guy.

Red bullet An actress in Goldfinger died from asphyxiation after being covered with gold paint.

How the West Was Won
Red bullet A stunt man was killed during the filming of a fight scene.

Key Largo
Red bullet A character in the 1948 film Key Largo makes a prescient comment about Florida politicians.

King Kong vs. Godzilla
Red bullet The Japanese and American versions of King Kong vs. Godzilla had different endings.

Labyrinth 2
Red bullet The Jim Henson company is developing a sequel to the movie Labyrinth.

The Madness of King George
Red bullet The distributors of The Madness of George III changed its title to The Madness of King George because they were afraid Americans would think it was the third installment of a "Madness of George" film series.

The Manchurian Candidate
Red bullet The film The Manchurian Candidate was withdrawn from distribution in 1963 due to the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

Napoleon Dynamite
Green bullet The Idaho legislature passed a resolution praising the producers of Napoleon Dynamite.

A Night in Casablanca
Red bullet Warner Bros. threatened to sue the Marx Brothers over their use of the word "Casablanca" in the film title A Night in Casablanca.

Yellow bullet Mules were shot during the filming of the bridge scene in the 1970 motion picture Patton.

Green bullet A number of unusual deaths have occurred to the cast of the Poltergeist trilogy of films.

Pulp Fiction
White bullet The mysterious briefcase contained Marsellus' soul.

Raiders of the Lost Ark
Green bullet A case of the trots led to one of the film's most memorable scenes.

Smokey and the Bandit
Yellow bullet The third Smokey and the Bandit film was originally shot with Jackie Gleason playing both the Sheriff and the Bandit.

Star Wars
Yellow bullet A Star Wars trading card was altered to depict the droid C-3PO with an oversized penis.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Yellow bullet The Texas Chainsaw Massacre was based on a true story.

Three Men and a Baby
Red bullet The ghostly image of a dead boy appears in a window.

Red bullet A tornado ripped through a drive-in while Twister was playing on the screen.

The Wizard of Oz
Red bullet A munchkin's on-set suicide was captured on film.
Green bullet Buddy Ebsen was slated to play the Tin Woodman but had to be replaced when the makeup made him ill.
White bullet A second-hand coat purchased for Professor Marvel's costume was later discovered to have been owned by L. Frank Baum.

Red bullet The film Unfriended was based on real-life events or found footage.

Young Frankenstein
Red bullet The reaction of horses to housekeeper Frau Blucher's name is a subtle in-joke.

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