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Nightmare Film Shoots: 25 of the Most Grueling Films Ever Made

From "Jaws" to "The Lighthouse," these cast and crew members went to hell and back to make their feature films.

"The Lighthouse" and other grueling film productions

“The Lighthouse” and other grueling film productions

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[Editor’s note: The following list was originally published in November 2019 but has been updated with new titles accordingly.]

Sometimes you have to go through hell to make a great movie. Just ask Robert Pattinson, who got so drunk to get into character while filming “The Lighthouse” that he pissed himself and nearly punched director Robert Eggers in the face. Fortunately for both gentlemen, “The Lighthouse” became a critical sensation and a commercial hit with $10 million domestically and $18 million worldwide. Like “Jaws,” “Apocalypse Now,” and “Titanic” before it, “The Lighthouse” overcame filming hardships to earn rave reviews, but not every movie with a hellish production history is as lucky. Just ask the cast and crew of films like “Heaven’s Gate” and “Waterworld,” who were put through hell only for their films to become notorious box office flops.

Here are 25 of the most taxing, miserable film productions ever mounted.

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