Mythical Wednesday; Ghostly Hollywood Urban Legends

Everyone loves a creepy story, more so when there could be evidence that it could be real. In a blink of an eye, our brain registers something we think could be out of place, and the more we look, the more our brain tries to understand just what it is we’re looking at. Our brain can be easily tricked, especially if the lighting is right. Maybe that’s why Hollywood urban legends are so delicious. In a city known for its creativity, there are a few urban legends we’ve all heard, but…are they true?

A films scene is fast. Between the movement of the actors and their dialogue, anything in the background is usually ignored, unless there’s something there that looks out of place.

4men1. Ghost boy on Three Men and a Baby

Thought to be the ghost of a young boy who lived in the apartment, this haunting image is really a card-board cut out of one of the actors, that was used in a scene that was later deleted.


2. A Munchkin Committed Suicide on the Set of The Wizard of Oz.
The Wizard of Oz was released in 1939 and this urban legend has been around just as long. It was said that a disillusioned actor playing a munchkin in the movie tied a rope around one of the set’s trees and hung themselves, with camera’s rolling and captured in this image taken from the film. According to sources, it was just a large bird strolling through the set.

Sometimes the event itself is so strong that we associate any odd occurrences that may happen after the event as an affect.

poltergeist-poster 3. The Poltergeist Curse
Four people died during the six years between the release of the first and third film. Two were medical, but the death of Dominique Dunne (eldest daughter in the first film) who was strangled to death by her ex-boyfriend following an argument, and Heather O’Rourke (Carol Anne in all three films) succumbed to a sudden bout of septic shock and died at the age of 12 are the ones that un-nerve people. Some fans claim that Heather’s condition was induced by the real cadavers they used on set in the first and second film. Ew.





4. James Dean’s Haunted Car

James Dean died in a car crash in 1955. What was left of his car was bought and various parts sold to other people. While there is no real proof, those who have bought these car parts have had serious to fatal accidents after placing the parts on their own vehicles. Troy McHenry bought Dean’s engine, put it in his car, and was killed on his first trip out in it, and an unnamed man bought two of Dean’s tires which simultaneously blew at the same time.

One thing is true, as long as there are people there will be urban legends.


About Darke Conteur
Darke Conteur is a writer at the mercy of her Muse. The author of stories in several genres, she prefers to create within the realms Science Fiction and Dark Fantasy. A pagan at heart, her personal goal it to find her balance within nature; exploring the dark through her stories and the light through her beliefs. When not writing or working with crystals, she enjoys knitting, gardening, cooking and very loud music.

2 Responses to Mythical Wednesday; Ghostly Hollywood Urban Legends

  1. I hadn’t heard about James Dean’s car. I’m superstitious enough not to buy something already tainted with bad luck. –not that I could’ve afforded that engine anyway. 🙂

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