Here are 10 Bizarre Myths About Movies That Stayed With Audiences Long After They Left Theatres

Sep 24, 2023

By: Sunayna Kanjilal

Beyond telling stories on screen, these movies have also spawned myths that lived on

Although the internet is instrumental in exposing hoaxes, the flipside is that social media can also be used to peddle myths faster than anyone can contain rumors. But in an era with no online channels, there was hardly any way to debunk hoaxes, especially if ...

1. The death of the actress painted gold in "Goldfinger"

In the 1964's Bond movie titled, "Goldfinger" Sean Connery discovers a girl's corpse covered entirely in gold paint. In the movie, it was explained that covering her entire body in gold is what killed her, and fans lapped up the theory that...

2. Brandon Lee's death being part of the final cut of "Crow"

"Crow" was undoubtedly Brandon Lee's best performance but the film is most remembered for the tragic fate of its star, who was killed close to the end of production by a prop gun that misfired and fatally wounded him. This led to rumors at the t...

3. "The Blair Witch Project's" real life inspiration

Released in the late 90s when the world was adopting the internet, this movie was one of the first projects to use viral marketing techniques to sell itself to audiences. The makers launched an online campaign claiming that the three stars of the film Heather ...

4. Real deaths in "Ben-Hur's" chariot race sequence

William Wyler's 1559 biblical epic is known for its chariot sequence which cost almost $1 million and took five years to shoot. The violence was so believable in the sequence that it made many people think that stuntmen were killed during the racing seque...

5. Death of a woman searching for the "Fargo" money

Unlike the others on this list today, this rumor has nothing to do with the production of the movie but is a story that followed its release. In November of 2001, more than half a decade after the film's release, a 28-year-old Japanese woman named Takako ...

6. A ghost appearing in a sequence of "Three Men and a Baby"

A particular sequence in the movie about three men forced to take care of a child, features the appearance of a boy who is believed to be the ghost of the boy who used to live in the house where the movie was shot. While it looks like a boy, it was later revea...

7. Claims of murder in "Cannibal Holocaust"

The film is undoubtedly controversial for its numerous sequences of real violence against animals, but apart from reports of 6 animals being killed, many media outlets also claimed that human deaths in the movie were also real. The director was later charged w...

8. Heath Ledger was Killed because of playing the Joker

Heath Ledger's untimely death was a shocker that triggered speculation about what happened to the actor who played The Joker in "The Dark Knight." What followed was a rumor that he used drugs to become the character he was playing. Many said tha...

9. The curse of "The Omen"

Rumors started circulating that Richard Donner's 1976 genre classic "The Omen" was cursed, since its star Gregory Peck's son committed suicide just two months before the shooting of the film began. Apart from this, the plane that was carryi...

10. Appearance of a dead dwarf in "The Wizard of Oz"

A rumor associated with the movie is that when Dorothy (Judy Garland), Scarecrow (Ray Bolger), and the Tin Man (Jack Haley) are skipping along the Yellow Brick Road, a heartbroken dwarf who hanged himself is seen in the background. When the musical was release...