Shudder continues to dive into the documentary arena with new series Cursed Films.
The high-end documentary series will examine the facts, myths and mysteries around iconic films and franchises whose casts and crew have been struck by misfortune and tragedy, from The Exorcist and Poltergeist to The Omen. Cursed Films will reveal 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?
“Cursed Films is a fascinating look at why these iconic horror movies have gained such an outsized reputation for being the focus of bizarre tragedies and strange coincidences that seemingly defy explanation,” says Craig Engler, Shudder’s General Manager.
Cursed Films is written, directed and edited by Jay Cheel (How to Build a Time Machine) and executive produced by Andrew Nicholas McCann Smith and Laura Perlmutter for First Love Films, along with Jay Cheel and Brian Robertson. It follows the release of Shudder’s first original documentary film, Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror, which premiered this week.
“As a documentary filmmaker and lifelong horror fan, this project has offered an amazing opportunity to indulge my own curiosities surrounding these ‘cursed’ film productions,” said Jay Cheel. “In turn, Cursed Films offers 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 of original programming, along with The Last Drive-In with Joe Bob Briggs and Creepshow series. All three will premiere later this year.