Sometimes, when I'm online doing research for said activities, I get sidetracked. Today, I got caught up in Twilight Zone trivia. You probably know what a Twilight Zone fan I am, so you can understand how all things TZ are interesting to me. I love to know what inspired a particular episode or get some behind the scenes scoop. It started out innocently enough, but I was in too deep before I knew it. Way too deep.
Alongside trivia about the original 1960's series was information about the 1983 production of Twilight Zone: The Movie. I was aware that a tragic accident happened during the filming, but I did not know the specifics. There was a segment that was supposed to take place during the Vietnam war. Actor Vic Morrow was to run across a river carrying two young children. All around him explosions would be going off and a helicopter would be flying overhead. Evidently, the special effects explosions caused the helicopter pilot to lose control and crash, which crushed one of the children to death and decapitated Vic Morrow and the other child actor.
I clicked on a video, thinking it was a clip from the released version of the movie. It was not. To my horror, it was the accident as it took place. A number of cameras were rolling at the time and it was captured on film. I immediately stopped the video when I realized what I was looking at, but it was still sickening. All I really saw was the helicopter crashing to the ground and the blades of the propeller shearing off......but still......just knowing what was happening within the fire and smoke.....so upsetting. It was several hours ago that I watched it and I'm still shaken.
Like I said, sometimes my virtual wanderings are a bad idea.