The Three Men and a Baby Ghost

The Three Men and a Baby Ghost

This article will be covering the strange paranormal scene that turned up in the 80’s Hollywood blockbuster Three Men and a Baby…


Success

Three Men and a Baby was the biggest blockbuster of the year back in 1987 when it first came out. It made over $100,000,000 in America alone, which was Disney’s highest ever grossing movie at the time.

A remake of a French hit it even won a People’s Choice award the following year.

Its popularity peaked again for much eerier reasons three years later however. Creepy rumours started to spread about a phantom-like figure that clearly appears in the background of one of the film’s scenes.

The legend of the Three Men and A Baby Ghost was born…


The Phantom Figure

People flocked in their thousands to rent the video for the opportunity to see this ghostly apparition caught on film for themselves.

And it didn’t disappoint.

After around 60 minutes of screen-time Ted Danson’s character, Jack, and his mother are passing through the living room carrying the famous baby.

The Phantom Figure

The first hint of ghostly behavior can be seen in the window here. It has been claimed that the shape of a rifle can be made out, which is a dark precursor to what appears in that same window around 30 seconds later.

What appears next in that window is not the shadow of a curtain, but a solid and standing human figure.

A young boy, he appears to be looking longingly through the window, at the family life he could never have had.

Rumors quickly surfaced that he was the child of a family who had left the house in grief after the suicide of their son.

At first the story went that he had thrown himself out of a window, but this was soon updated to include the rifle, and nowadays people will tell you the boy shot himself.


The Rumors

No-one is quite sure why the boy would have killed himself, although further rumors whisper that his family sued to keep his story a secret.

These rumors seem unlikely to be true however. The movie wasn’t even filmed in a house, but a studio.

The fact that it wasn’t even a real house doesn’t affect the fact that the figure is real though, you can even see it here with your own eyes in the video below:

The Three Men and a Baby Ghost is clearly more than just rumor.


What is it?

But if it isn’t a ghost, what is it?

The answer is actually a lot simpler and less spooky than you might hope. It turns out it was simply a life sized cut out of Ted Danson that would have appeared in the film, but instead ended up on the cutting room floor during editing.

That’s the official story at least.

Other people are a lot less convinced by this explanation. Critics say they can clearly see the figure move, others that it is wearing completely different clothes to the tuxedo wearing cardboard Danson.

What the true story behind the Three Men and a Baby ghost is none of us may ever know, but most of us are happy to accept the official line.

Cardboard cut outs are much easier to understand than ghosts and the supernatural.

If you have any thoughts or opinions on the subject we have covered here, please leave them in the comment section below.

The Poltergeist Movie Curse: Fact Or Fiction?

The Poltergeist Movie Curse: Fact Or Fiction?

After a remake of the Steven Spielberg 1982 classic horror movie Poltergeist, was released in 2015 it got people talking again about the apparent curse surrounding the original.

Although there were no nasty incidents reported following the new movie, many fans will remember the series of petrifying events that unfolded after the earlier production was released.

This included the untimely deaths of 5 cast members, and many people believe that it is the most cursed franchise to ever come out of Hollywood.

But is the Poltergeist movie curse really a “curse”, or just a series of unfortunate coincidences?

Let’s take a closer look and you can decide for yourself what you believe!

The trilogy is the chilling tale of a normal family haunted by an evil poltergeist after moving into their new home.

Strange things begin to happen around their young daughter Carol Ann, who becomes a conduit for the supernatural occurrences.

Where It All Started

Speculation about a curse began after the brutal murder of beautiful actress Dominique Dunne who was just 22 years old.

She played Dana (the older sister of Carol Ann) in the movie. She was strangled by an abusive ex boyfriend, and died 5 days later when taken off life support.

The Secret Behind The Curse?

Some people speculate that perhaps the film is cursed because it used actual human skeletons. In one famous scene, the character Diane (played by JoBeth McWilliams) falls in the family pool and terrifyingly it is full of skeletons.

This was a scene that took 4-5 days to shoot.

At the time the cast and crew were unaware that they were real human skeletons and in fact thought they were made from plastic or rubber.

Of course they soon found out the truth, but could that really be the reason for the series of events that ensued?

Could it really be the reason that so many people lost their lives in unexpected circumstances?

Why then did the actress who actually ended up in the pool with the skeletons not fall foul of the curse?

Today age 67, JoBeth McWilliams is still alive and well. And why would certain cast members be affected when they had nothing to do with the decision to use human skeletons?

Many people believe that the fact the human remains were disturbed, and used in this manner caused a curse to fall on the movie and those involved.

Two More Deaths Followed The Sequel

On the set of the 2nd movie in the trilogy, Native American actor Will Sampson, conducted an exorcism after concern about the use of real human skeletons in the making of the first film.

However two more cast members met an untimely demise within a few short years of the sequel release.

Actor Julian Beck got stomach cancer and died at the age of 60, and Will Sampson himself (the man who performed the exorcism), died at just 53 from complications following an operation.

While these are not particularly suspicious sounding deaths, many people believe they are linked to a curse on the trilogy.

Death of Heather O’Rourke

Just after finishing filming the third and final chapter of the original Poltergeist, and several months before its release in 1988, child star Heather O’Rourke died age 12.

Heather played Carol Ann, the child in the movie who was targeted by the supernatural entities. Cause of death was septic shock and cardiac arrest related to a misdiagnosed intestinal problem.

Death of Heather O'Rourke

Her death at such a young age is often cited as one of the most convincing cases for a curse.

Other events include cast member Richard Lawson who was aboard a US plane that crashed in March 1992. The actor survived, but 27 of the 51 passengers on board were killed.

In 2009, Lou Perryman, who had a small part in the original Poltergeist, was killed at home by an ex convict who had recently been released. Just two more incidents that prompt the belief in a curse.

Conclusion

The reality is that even today, we understand very little about the supernatural and the paranormal. Many people believe that there are consequences involved when messing about with the paranormal or dark topics such as that in Poltergeist.

Is it really a curse or are the illnesses and deaths just a tragic coincidence?

Nobody knows for certain.

Whether or not you believe in the Poltergeist movie curse is up to you, however there’s no denying that the terrible events surrounding this famous trilogy are extremely creepy and certainly seem like more than just a typical coincidence.