Over the years, myths and mysteries have surrounded alleged "cursed" films and franchises whose casts and crew have been struck by misfortune and tragedy. Some of these include The Exorcist, Poltergeist and The Omen and The Crow. All of those films and more will be profiled in Shudder’s upcoming five-part docuseries, titled "Cursed Films."
Written and directed by Jay Cheel, the trailer has been released this week ahead of the show’s SXSW premiere. More details along with a poster designed by Matt Ryan Tobin can be found below.
"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?"
The Exorcist — Premieres April 2nd
The release of The Exorcist was surrounded by controversy, as reports of fainting theatre-goers and mysterious on-set accidents raised questions as to whether or not the film itself was evil.
Poltergeist — Premieres April 9th
Untimely deaths connected to the making of the Poltergeist films inspire rumors that the production was cursed, stoked by stories that real human skeletons were used during the making of the film.
The Omen — Premieres April 9th
A series of unfortunate events plague the cast and crew during the making of The Omen, raising fears that the film might be cursed by the devil himself.
The Crow — Premieres April 16th
Years after Bruce Lee’s mysterious death is attributed to the "Lee Family Curse," his son Brandon’s life was cut short due to a tragic on-set accident during the making of The Crow.
Twilight Zone: The Movie — Premieres April 16th
A horrific on-set accident during the production of Twilight Zone: The Movie leaves those involved in the making of the film cursed by the memory of the incident they witnessed.
The first two episodes (Poltergeist and The Omen) will have their world premiere at SXSW on March 13th with Jay Cheel in attendance.