How A Star And Two Children Were Killed On The Set Of 'The Twilight Zone'

One of the worst movie set accidents ever occurred during the filming of Twilight Zone: The Movie. The film is now mainly remembered for its tragic behind the scenes story. Steven Spielberg decided to make the hit television show into a motion picture and he enlisted three other directors to create segments of the film. John Landis, who was a hot commodity after Animal House and The Blues Brothers, was given "Time Out." In this segment, a man tries to make up for past sins by becoming a hero.

No one could have predicted, though, the tragedy that would plague John Landis's direction. Three people were killed during filming; actor Vic Morrow was carrying two children across a river when a stunt went wrong and a helicopter fell on top of them. Landis became the first movie director to be charged with involuntary manslaughter on set and he went to trial several years later. While this film was not the first to have an actor die during filming, its unfortunate accidents did spur Hollywood to change their safety laws for the better.