5 Crazy-Dangerous Film Sets
Including a 'Noah's Ark' set that actually flooded
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 11, 2015 10:59 AM CDT
In this publicity image released by Warner Bros. Entertainment, Linda Blair portrays a possessed Regan MacNeil in a scene from "The Exorcist."   (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Entertainment)

(Newser) – Making a movie isn't always all fun and games. Pixable rounds up nine film locations that were extremely hazardous for cast and crew:

  • The Conqueror, St. George, Utah: The 1956 John Wayne flick was filmed near a government nuclear test site in Nevada. Nearly 100 cast and crew members ultimately got some form of cancer, including Wayne (though he attributed his cancer to his six-pack-a-day smoking habit).
  • Noah's Ark, Chatsworth, Calif.: The 1982 short film used so much water for the flooding scene the set actually flooded and people were injured. Thirty-five ambulances responded to the emergency.

  • Roar, Acton, Calif.: While making the 1981 movie about a family living among wild animals, cast and crew members (including Melanie Griffith) were actually mauled by wild animals.
  • The Exorcist, New York, NY: The set was so cold (sometimes below zero) that snow sometimes built up on set and sweat froze on cast and crew members during filming of the 1973 movie.
  • The African Queen, Belgian Congo, Africa: Most of the 1951 film's cast and crew got dysentery from drinking the local water—but not Humphrey Bogart or John Huston, because they mostly drank whiskey.
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