CURSED FILMS is a documentary series, which explores the myths and legends behind some of Hollywood’s notoriously "cursed" horror film productions. From plane accidents and bombings during the making of The Omen, to the rumoured use of human skeletons on the set of Poltergeist, these stories are legendary amongst film fans and filmmakers alike. But where does the truth lie? A SHUDDER ORIGINAL SERIES
1. The Exorcist
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.
2. The Omen
A series of unfortunate events plague the cast and crew during the making of The Omen, raising concerns that the film might be cursed by the devil himself.
A series of untimely deaths connected to the making of the Poltergeist films inspire rumours that the production was cursed. Supernatural suspicions are stoked by rumours that real human skeletons were used during the making of the film.
4. The Crow
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.
1. The Wizard of Oz
An exploration of the dark myths and legends behind one of the most beloved films in the history of cinema: The Wizard of OZ
2. Rosemary's Baby
A look into the making of Roman Polanski's Rosemary's Baby, and the tragic aftermath following the films release.
An examination of the troubled making of Andrei Tarkovsky's science-fiction masterwork Stalker, and the production disasters that beset the production: damaged film stock, earthquakes, and a sickness that afflicted the cast and crew years after the films release.
4. The Serpent and the Rainbow
An exploration of Wes Craven's journey into the secret societies of Haitian Voodoo, zombies, and magic: Serpent and the Rainbow.
It takes some liberties and misses some marks. There's also some decent content in there too. I wouldn't sit down and focus on this show, but it's aight Spoopy season background noise.
I really appreciate how the series approaches the concept of being cursed. If you are looking for the more traditional "he was in this film and then died in a fiery crash," you're in luck. If you are looking for "I rarely give interviews about this film due to the trauma it caused my career," you're also in luck. And if you are an intellectually curious horror fan, you are most lucky, indeed.
Here's hoping we get a third season. Excellent show!
I really enjoy this series. The deep dives are great and learning about these films was really eye opening! The theme song is great too haha. Season 1 is really perfect, but Season two didn't measure up, in my opinion. I had a problem with them not mentioning Roman Polanksi's pedophilia because you can't just leave that out when talking about someones work and how their life influences their work. I also am a little disappointed so many eps in season 2 aren't fully in English, so I can't watch it while I work. I do hope they continue to make more of these!
If you can't stand it when people entertain the existence of the supernatural, you might not like the first two episodes of S1. If you want to fully believe the rumours that these films were cursed, you might not like the last three episodes of S1. If you're just happy to hear varied opinions about a range of movies whose productions were ill-fated then you'll enjoy it !