New Shudder Documentary Series Will Explore ‘Cursed Films’

Shudder continues to provide original programming for their growing subscriber base with the announcement of a new horror film documentary series entitled Cursed Films. The series will highlight a different film each episode and examine “…the facts, myths and mysteries around iconic films and franchises whose casts and crew have been struck by misfortune and tragedy, including The Exorcist, Poltergeist and The Omen, among others.”

According to the official press release, each episode will be composed of “…interviews with experts, witnesses and the cast, directors and producers who lived through the real-life events” and of course, ask the question everyone is bragging about: “Were these films really cursed, as many believe, or just the victims of bad luck and bizarre circumstances?”

Cursed Films is written, directed and edited by Jay Cheel (How to Build a Time Machine) and he is approaching the content with the enthusiasm of a “lifelong horror fan” with the “…opportunity to indulge my own curiosities surrounding these ‘cursed’ film productions.” Besides the examination of the “cursed” aspects of the productions, Cheel also promises that “Cursed Films (will) offer Shudder’s audience a unique perspective on the making of these classic movies while attempting to uncover why we’re so captivated by the catastrophes and coincidences connected to them.”

Cursed Films is the latest addition to Shudder’s lineup for horror fans interested in original documentaries. Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror, recently premiered on the service February 7 (and you can read our review of Horror Noire right here) and Shudder will also bring over Eli Roth’s History of Horror docu-series from parent company AMC this month as well (premiering on Thursday, February 21).

Check out Cursed Films and be sure to stay tuned to Horror News Network for all of the breaking news in the world of horror.

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Nick joined the website in 2015. His lifelong love of comics and horror began with Universal Monsters and the Incredible Hulk. He has fond memories of going to Waldbaum’s supermarket with his mother and being rewarded with a 3-pack of sealed comics. It’s been all downhill from there… Since those early days, his life has been immersed in four color action and scares on the silver screen.
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