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lol that batman thing reminded me of a cracked article. Lemme see if I can find it.
6 Movies That Predicted Disasters With Eerie Accuracy
#5. Poltergeist Predicts the Exact Date of Its Star's Death
If you haven't seen Poltergeist, all you really need to know is that a family has to deal with angry ghosts
after moving into a house built on top of an Indian burial ground.
There are a lot of tense scenes where objects start moving on their own,
a tree attacks a child and a little girl is sucked into one of those
closet portals Realtors are always telling you to look out for before
buying a house. But the creepiest moment is purely accidental:
That moment is terrifying, not just because the clown comes to life
immediately afterward (thus inciting a boom in superheroes appearing at
birthday parties instead of clowns that lasted for an entire
generation), but because of the football poster over the little boy's
bed. Here's a closer look:
Wait, is that a Rams helmet and a Buccaneers poster? He supports two terrible teams?
It says "1988 Super Bowl XXII." The poster is accurate in that Super
Bowl XXII was in 1988, but it's weird that a little boy would choose to
have that on his wall in a movie that was released in 1982. There's no
indication throughout Poltergeist that any of it is supposed to take place in the future.
So what? They probably didn't want to deal with licensing from the
NFL or something, right? It's not like something insanely coincidental
and horrible happened six years later on the day of the Super Bowl in
No! That was a trick! Of course something happened. Remember that little girl in the clip you just watched?
Her name is Heather O'Rourke, and she essentially acts as the conduit
between the poltergeists and the family in the first movie. In fact,
you'd probably recognize her better like this:
The granddaughter of obligatory creepy children in horror movies.
Well on January 31, 1988, the day of the Super Bowl in San Diego,
California, O'Rourke happened to be living in San Diego where she
suddenly became violently ill.
The very next day, she collapsed while getting ready to go to the
hospital, and later that afternoon, she passed away. And just like that,
the movie proved its prescience with one of the weirdest set decoration
choices in horror movie history.
#4. A Made-for-TV Movie Predicts Christopher Reeve's Paralysis
In May of 1995, a mediocre movie called Above Suspicion
quietly premiered on HBO and then slipped into obscurity. It featured
Christopher Reeve as a police officer who suffers from severe depression
and encourages his wife and his brother to murder him in order to
collect the insurance. So what could trigger that kind of depression?
Well, that's the eerie part:
Christopher Reeve in a dressing gown?
Reeve's character is shot in the spine and confined to a wheelchair
for the majority of the movie. Now this film was released on May 25. If for some reason you haven't committed the chronology of Christopher Reeve's life to memory, May 27 was the day he was paralyzed in a horseback riding accident. The movie where he plays a paraplegic was released just two days before his accident landed him in a wheelchair for the rest of his life.
In retrospect, his kryptonite back brace was a poor choice in riding attire.
Despite the movie never being in any danger of winning awards or even
showing up in theaters, Reeve took the role seriously, preparing by
spending a couple of days at a spinal cord trauma unit and learning what
it's like to live life in a wheelchair. He even did interviews
promoting the movie, stating, "A couple of days at the spinal cord trauma unit and you can see how easily it can happen."
Then, of course, it did happen almost immediately, though in the
film, the big reveal is that Reeve was only pretending to be paralyzed
to build an elaborate trap for his wife and brother, who were cheating
on him behind his back. A pretty morally reprehensible move, even in the
context of sibling adultery. Apparently karma thought so, too, but had a
hard time differentiating between characters and the actors playing
We always thought it was weird giving his horse a gun.
#3. Wag the Dog Predicts a Sex Scandal and a Convenient Bombing
There should be a name for that very specific genre of movie that
accidentally satirizes a news story before it even happens. People tend
to think The China Syndrome was playing off of the fears of nuclear power in the wake of the Three Mile Island incident, but the movie actually came out two weeks before. We previous pointed out how Starship Troopers plays like a parody of the War on Terror, even though it came out four years before 9/11. Which brings us to Wag the Dog.
Which came out three weeks before Dustin Hoffman was invented.
In Wag the Dog, the president of the United States gets caught
trying to sleep with a Girl Scout, so in order to distract the public
and the media from the scandal, a political publicist (Robert De Niro)
hires a Hollywood producer to stage a fake war with Albania. Thus the
term "wag the dog" -- instead of a dog wagging its tail, the tail wags
the dog (or, instead of the news media covering politicians, politicians
tell the news media what to say).
If that phrase sounds familiar, it's probably because it quickly became a catchphrase splashed across the front of newspapers in the late '90s, usually with an unflattering picture of this guy:
You might remember him from several episodes of Saturday Night Live.
See, the film was released in December of 1997, right smack in the
middle of Bill Clinton's two-term presidency, and already you know
exactly where this is headed. Just a month after the film came out, Bill
Clinton tripped and spilled some of his ejaculate on an intern's dress,
inciting a massive sex scandal that would eventually lead to his
impeachment. But that's just a sex scandal; politicians are constantly
caught humping stuff, that doesn't mean the creators of Wag the Dog were psychic, right? It's not like he started a war just to get it out of the headlines ...
"It's not war, it's a hurried-up peace solution."
Well, it was August 17, 1998 when Clinton admitted to the world what he had done. Then, three days later,
he announced the bombings of six terrorist compounds in Afghanistan,
along with a factory in Sudan that was believed to be housing chemical
weapons. The out-of-nowhere military action pushed the sex scandal out
of the news, in the way that only a war can. This is why so many pundits
screamed that this was a Wag the Dog action.
Please note that we're going with "coincidence" here rather than the much scarier "He got the idea from the movie."
He saved all his inspiration that year from Deep Impact.
#2. Chinatown Predicts Jack Nicholson's Family Secret
The acclaimed 1974 neo-noir film Chinatown starred Jack
Nicholson as a private investigator in Los Angeles who divides his time
between getting tangled up in a murder plot with the Department of Water
and Power and getting tangled up in some linens with Faye Dunaway.
"Forget it, Jake, it's 'ginatown."
One of the biggest reveals of the story is that Dunaway's character
was raped by her father and gave birth to a daughter, and then the child
was raised as her sister. Screenwriter Robert Towne originally wanted
the film to end with Dunaway killing her father, but the director insisted on a much darker conclusion
where Dunaway is killed and then the creepy old child molester takes
possession of his inbred offspring. If you're wondering why a studio
would intentionally release a film in which a pedophile comes out the
victor in the end, remember who directed it ...
"It's me, Roman Nopantski."
Shortly after Chinatown's release, Time magazine was planning to do a cover story on Nicholson, but while researching his family, the reporter made some surprising discoveries.
Namely, that the man and woman Nicholson had always called dad and mom
were actually his grandparents, and the woman he thought was his older
sister was his biological mother (not due to incest in this case, she
just got knocked up by a random dude as a teenager).
So, maybe Nicholson was attracted to the Chinatown role
because it mirrored his own messed-up family dynamic? Nope -- at the
time, he didn't even know. He only found out because, while Time never ran the story, they did call him up just to give him a heads up that his whole life had been a lie.
"Aaaaand our readers want to know what your favorite color is."
To give some context, Nicholson was born in 1937, a time when it was
more socially acceptable for an unmarried woman to walk around in public
with the plague than with a baby. So when the family's 16-year-old
daughter got pregnant with Jack, they covered the whole thing up after
he was born by claiming the baby belonged to the girl's mother. They
kept this up for the rest of their lives.
Everyone involved in the cover-up passed away before Nicholson ever
learned the truth, so even in their dying breaths they didn't feel it
necessary to tell him that his sister/mother had gotten pregnant by some
guy, and thus his biological dad was probably still out there
somewhere, presumably wandering the streets in a purple felt suit and
shouting about how this town needs an enema. Still, Nicholson claims to
hold no resentment toward his family, saying "I'd like to meet two broads today who knew how to keep a secret to that degree." Because Jack Nicholson is one of the only people who can insult every woman in the world and have it sound endearing.
"Pick up those amazing pins, woman, and get me some Corn Flakes."
#1. The Matrix and Demolition Man Predict Horrific Murders
The 1993 sci-fi action film Demolition Man opens with a cop
named John Spartan (Sylvester Stallone) capturing a psychotic criminal
named Simon Phoenix (Wesley Snipes). Phoenix is sentenced to a term in
"CryoPrison," where criminals are frozen and placed in cryogenic
storage. Then Stallone also winds up frozen for some reason and they
both wake up in the future so they can have action movie things happen.
But sharp-eyed viewers will catch something when they see the roster
of other murderers on ice along with Snipes and Stallone. It appears
briefly on a screen early in the movie:
Ha, Scott Peterson. Future names are dumb.
In case you're not familiar with that name (i.e., you managed to do a
complete blackout of every form of media in 2003-04), Scott Peterson
was the center of a sensational murder trial in which he was eventually convicted of the first-degree murder of his pregnant wife, Laci. A cheesy made-for-TV movie was even made about his life.
The Superman Curse strikes again.
Hell, Demolition Man even has him winding up in the right
facility -- the movie's CryoPrison was created to house the worst of the
worst in California (the movie takes place in "San Angeles"), and the
real Peterson is in San Quentin, California's only death row facility.
All because some unknown crew member picked the name at random to
help fill out that computer screen. But that's not the creepiest
accidental Easter egg of its kind -- that prize goes to some unknown
stranger in The Matrix prop department.
The one who constructed "action Keanu" for the films.
This one is even weirder within the context of the movie. Technically, The Matrix takes place in the future and the present at the same time, sort of like Keanu Reeve's other sci-fi action hit, The Lake House.
Inside the Matrix, the year is 1999, and in the real world it's about
2199. That means that the robots already know and have programmed in
every event in human history that will take place in that time frame.
That includes all the weird, inconsequential stuff like a new puppy
sh*tting on your rug, but also all the floods and fires and other
atrocities people have to contend with.
Now, knowing that the machines are already aware of the big events in the future of humanity, watch this scene:
While Agent Smith goes through Neo's file folder, we catch a glimpse
of the photocopied picture of his passport. The picture is upside down
and only appears on screen for a second, but thanks to the miracle of
"freeze-framing," and the technological advancement of "turning our
monitor upside-down," we can read it clearly. Check the expiration date:
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