Haunted Hollywood: The ‘Atuk’ Curse AKA John Belushi’s Final Film

Atuk is a screenplay written by Tod Carroll. It is an adaption of the 1963 novel The Incomparable Atuk by Mordecai Richler about an Inuit hunter who tries to live in New York city, and has elements of racism, materialism and pop culture.

The script which has passed around within the Hollywood studios since the 1970’s has gained a lot of traction at times and even greenlit but because of certain death surrounding the involvement of the script many have labelled it as haunted or cursed. The people who have died supposedly as a result of being involved in Atuk are:

John Belushi: Jim Belushi’s big brother and the first known victim. After reading the script and wanting to play the lead role, he died of an overdose in 1982. He was only 33.

Sam Kinison: He survived the longestbecause he managed to film at least one scene for the movie, but then quickly grew dissatisfied and wanted the script rewritten, halting production. Before there were any talks about continuing the project, poor Kinison died in a car crash, aged 38, in 1992. Approximately a decade after Belushi’s death.

John Candy: In 1994, when he was reading the script, Candy suddenly died of a heart attack, aged 43. Which was weird because it was on March 4, a day before the 12th anniversary of Belushi’s death. Around that time, people began to realize that the screenplay is cursed.

Michael O’Donoghue: He was a writer, comedian, and a friend of Belushi and Kinison. He read the script, maybe even worked on it, before recommending it to his buddies. He died of cerebral hemorrhage at the age of 54 in 1994 also.

Chris Farley: A huge fan of John Belushi and the most recent victim who was in consideration for the main role. In 1997, when he was about to accept the role, he died the same way his idol did: an overdose at the age of 33.

Phil Hartman: Farley’s friend and former Saturday Night Live cast-mate. Although he was involved for a supporting role, his wife committed murder-suicide by shooting him in bed before shooting herself.

Cursed? Freak coincidence? You decide

The Ghost Studies


Mark welcomes Brandon Massullo to the show.

Brandon Massullo is a clinical therapist and parapsychologist residing in Medina, Ohio. Fascinated by paranormal phenomena for more than 20 years, Massullo has been a participant in and featured speaker at numerous paranormal forums and events. He studied psychology and parapsychology at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. His research has been cited in many parapsychological 
journals, articles, and mainstream books.

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Selling Dead People’s Things


Mark welcomes Duane Scott Cerny to the show. 

Duane Scott Cerny is the author of Selling Dead People’s Things and co-owner of Broadway Antique Market. He’s spent over 25+ years appraising the belongings of those who are deceased, as well as conducting numerous house calls to many spooky homes and digging through mountains of stuff for the family members to decide what’s of value.

Along the way, he’s witnessed countless ghostly encounters including a haunted desk with drawers that would open on their own, 28-room creepy abodes that were utter time capsules from the 1930s, and spirits enveloping belongings of their pre-deceased owners.

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Haunted New England



Mark welcomes Jeff Belanger to the show. 

Jeff Belanger is an author, adventurer, and one of the most visible paranormal researchers today. He’s been fascinated with the supernatural since age ten when he investigated his first haunted house during a sleepover. Since then, he’s been a writer and journalist for various newspapers and magazines, and in 1999 he launched Ghostvillage.com as a repository for his writings on the subject of the supernatural. Over the years, Jeff has interviewed hundreds of people about their experiences with the profound. His objective approach to the subject makes the supernatural accessible to a wide audience. He’s written for many paranormal Web sites and print publications and He is the author of over a dozen books on the paranormal (published in six languages)

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Tarot, Symbolism and Supernatural Places



Mark welcomes Sarah Bartlett to the show. 

After studying for an art degree at Middlesex University, Sarah Bartlett went on to become a consultant astrologer, acquiring the Diploma in Psychological Astrology, an in-depth three-year professional training program that cross-fertilizes the fields of astrology, mythology, and humanistic and transpersonal psychology. She is the author of twenty nonfiction books, including the best-selling ‘Mythology Bible’ and ‘A Brief History of Angels and Demons’.

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 The Way I Love You by Joel Michael Howard

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UFOs and the Paranormal in Canada

Season 9 Episode 7


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Mark welcomes another “Mark” to the show, please welcome,
 Mark Leslie Lefebvre

Mark Leslie (Lefebvre) is an author, professional speaker and bookseller with more than a quarter century of experience in writing, publishing, and bookselling.

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The History of Thanksgiving

On The Odd – The History of Thanksgiving

Season 3 Episode 2




In this LOADED episode of On the Odd Mark and Alex touch upon topics such as

An abandoned Thanksgiving ritual of begging:


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Microscopic view of vinyl record

Story of Vietnamese paranormal activity

Star Wars sneak preview


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A Haunting on South Street – Seaford NY

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A short story about a house I lived in, in Seaford Harbor, NY.  The house was about 4 blocks from the house that the movie, Poltergeist was based on and roughly 4 miles from the Amityville house.  I guess you can say that particular area is a bit charged (although I don’t fully buy into the Amityville story).  My wife and I were ready to upgrade from our 2 br apartment and buy a house but couldn’t find anything so we decided to rent a house for the time being.  We found a cute place, made a deal and prepared to move in. I am not sure why but I decided to Google the address and what came up was that a young girl had apparently overdosed and died 2 years prior in the garage (this is a very affluent area and is surprising).  The story surrounding it was shady but I found a few crime scene photos. My morbid curiosity got me more excited about the house and we moved in without an event for months. During those first few months I recorded EVP sessions, set up time lapse cameras, etc but nothing.  One day I am in the kitchen cooking (I do all the cooking AKA Mr.Mom) and I hear a scraping or scratching on the wall in the Living Room (this wall is opposite of the garage) I chalk it up to house settling and don’t worry about it.  Then it seems to begin maybe once a week, and my wife is hearing it as well.  I run into the garage and nothing is amiss.  I notice against the wall in the garage I put a Ouija board on top of boxes and I don’t know where I acquired that Ouija board but I never mess with them so I left it.  A few weeks later the same situation, I’m cooking but this time I hear a big crash from the garage. I think maybe I stacked something up and it fell so I go in to check and I couldn’t find the source, very strange.  A week after the crash I go into the garage randomly to check on something and I notice right in the spot where the girl had died, right below where the Ouija board is was about a 7 inch diameter of ants just going back and forth in this little spot – in a near perfect circle.  It was as though someone spilled honey and they were feasting on it but there was no trail of ant to or from the area.  I sprayed them with some type of Raid spray (something to this day I regret) and that was the end of them.  The scratching continued, we had strange noises in the back yard and from the neighbors house (a story on it’s own since it was built in 1836 and has a family cemetery on the land, still owned by the same family). The house had a very strange feeling to it and I had tons of electrical issues until Hurricane Sandy hit.  A huge 120 year old tree fell and tore out our electrical service so we stayed with family for the 2 weeks it took to get the power back.  When I went back in the house it was like a new house.  The feeling of gloom was gone and it was as though the air was charged with freshness.  Hard to explain. Anyway, we bought a house and although the history is pretty extensive here (the house will be 90 in 2015) I haven’t had anything negative happen, although i began doing construction in my basement and am adding a sound room so we shall see.  If you want more info about the house let me know I would be happy to post everything I know about the place.