Tuesday, July 29, 2008

One For The X-Files ...

So this and last week, the world was abuzz with the news of the disappearance of one Tony Jaa, international action superstar. One day he was on the set of Ong Bak 2, directing and acting, and the next, he had gone into the jungle to meditate. After that, he became something like Bigfoot and Elvis, reports of him being spotted in various places popping up like mushrooms. Even Variety picked up the story, and that's got to be important. His producer held a teary-eyed press conference begging Tony to come back, please come back. And lo and behold, today it's reported that Tony appeared on a TV show and claimed he never abandoned the movie at all.

Tony Jaa's disappearance and re-appearance is spooky enough as it is. But this piece about William Castle and Rosemary's Baby is even spookier. One coincidence is just that, a coincidence. But several coincidences? It becomes one too many for comfort.

Read on, and discover how the movie adaptation of Ira Levin's story about Satan's child being born in New York is linked to director Roman Polanski's wife Sharon Tate's murder by Charles Manson, Mia Farrow's divorce from Sinatra, two other deaths, and Castle's prolonged illnesses.

And the weirdest and spookiest?

John Lennon had spent the spring of 1968 with Mia Farrow at the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's ashram in India. During their stay, Lennon had written "Dear Prudence" for Farrow's sister (who shared a name with Sharon Tate's Yorkshire terrier) and it featured on The Beatles' White Album that November. Charles Manson claimed that the LP contained coded messages about the impending race war he hoped to provoke with the Cielo Drive slayings. Lennon himself met a violent end in December 1980 when he was gunned down in New York — outside the Dakota apartments which Castle and Polanski had used for the exteriors of the Bramford block where Rosemary gave birth to her child.

Woah. Brrr!

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