Life Imitates Film With Lethal Consequence

February 8, 2016

Written by Kelli Marchman McNeely

Kelli Marchman McNeely - Horror Fuel CEO & Executive Producer Email: [email protected]

Most horror fans have heard of or have seen The Gallows, which opened in theaters last summer. In the paranormal film, a young man died during a freak accident in a school production. On stage in front classmates and parents he was hung.

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The Gallows 2015

Now, that scene seems to have come to life. On January 30th 27 year-old Italian actor Raphael Schumacher met a similar fate. During a production at the Pisa’s Teatro Lux a medical student in audience noticed that the actor, who was meant to be hung in the scene while wearing a sack over his head, was really in distress not acting. Along with another medical student they removed the noose, but Schumacher was unresponsive. The scene originally called for a gun, but was changed at the last minute by the actor leading many to question if the accident was a horrible accident or a suicide attempt. Schumacher has since been declared brain dead. His family has now authorized the harvesting of his organs for donation.

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There have been several accident in the entertainment industry as of late, including one injured and one killed on the set of Resident Evil: The Final ChapterIt is time that there is an increase of safety measures on both sets and stages.

Our thoughts go out to the Schumacher family during this hard time.

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