Shudder’s Documentary Series ‘Cursed Films’ Debuts in April

by Nick Banks

Horror films have a long history of supposedly haunted or cursed productions, adding to the mythology of such staples as The Exorcist and The Omen. This April a new Shudder original series Cursed Films (written and directed by Jay Cheel of How to Build a Time Machine) will examine the truth and legends behind many of the most infamous cases in horror film history.

Cursed Films is a five-part documentary series with individual episodes featuring the aforementioned films as well as episodes dedicated to Poltergeist, The Crow, and Twilight Zone: The Movie.  According to the official Shudder press release, the episodes will delve into everything “… From plane accidents and bombings during the making of The Omen, to the rumored use of real human skeletons on the set of Poltergeist, these stories are legendary amongst film fans and filmmakers alike. But where does the truth lie? Cursed Films reveals the events that haunted these productions through interviews with experts, witnesses and the cast, directors and producers who lived through the real-life events. Were these films really cursed, as many believe, or just the victims of bad luck and bizarre circumstances?”

Judging by the trailer below, it appears that the series will offer many different opinions on each case, taking a more even-handed rather than sensational look at the stories that haunt many of these famous films.

Cursed Films first episode featuring The Exorcist will debut on Shudder on April 2.

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