Writing about movies on the Internet means that the greatest job hazard we risk is crippling back pain. And the infinite amount of sexy images the web has to offer, and a climate that laughs in the face of our stubborn concern for “the economy” – okay, and existential despair in the face of the meaninglessness of it all. So yeah, it’s a hazardous job, we say with a cigarette dangling from our lips as we try a new bad boy persona. But writing about movies on the Internet still doesn’t compare to how dangerous making actual movies can be.

How dangerous can that be, you ask? Well, our last name is Dange— no, wait, that doesn’t even make sense. OK, yes: it can get really dangerous. To prove our point, we now examine 20 behind-the-scenes accidents. Some of them are minor, but most of them are serious stuff, even leading to the deaths of members of the cast and crew. In most cases, the accidents resulted from hubris, random errors, dumb oversights, sheer negligence, or Jackie Chan’s relentless commitment to making badass action films. So sit straight to nip that coming back pain in the bud, and take a look at these 20 tragic on-set disasters.

The Wizard of Oz

Behind-The-Scenes Accidents 1939 The Wizard of Oz Margaret Hamilton does not get nearly enough love for her portrayal of the Wicked Witch of the West. During one scene, a pyrotechnic device went off too soon, and she was left with severe burns on her face and right hand. Luckily, she got treatment on time. CRACKED.COM



Behind-The-Scenes Accidents 1960 Spartacus During a fight scene left in the movie, Kirk Douglas forces the head of a slave trainer played by Charles McGraw into a soup cauldron. Не then pulls him out and smashes him again, only this time McGraw's jaw hit the cauldron's edge way too hard. Don't be fooled by the goofy sound: the jaw was actually broken. CRACKED.COM



Behind-The-Scenes Accidents 1981 Roar Hey, let's shoot a comedy about a guy living with a bunch of lions and tigers. What could possibly go wrong? Injuries during the two-year shoot are estimated to be between 50 and 100, and future Speed director Jan de Bont had his scalp torn by a lion, requiring 220 stitches. CRACKED.COM



Behind-The-Scenes Accidents 1970 EART Catch-22 Cameraman John Jordan had his leg amputated after an accident while filming the 1967 Bond film You Only Live Twice, so you'd think safety would become a priority. As the second unit director for this 1970 anti- war satire, however, he refused to wear safety gear, and died after being sucked out of a flying plane. CRACKED.COM


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