Genre docuseries “Cursed Films” has made Shudder history by having the second-largest premiere ever for the streaming genre service.
The series, only outranked by “Creepshow,” explores the myths and legends behind some of Hollywood’s notoriously “cursed” horror film productions, featuring interviews with experts, witnesses, cast, directors, and producers who experienced the events first hand.
Were these movies really cursed, as many believe, or just victims of bad luck and bizarre circumstances? The Exorcist star Linda Blair, and The Omen director Richard Donner, along with Poltergeist III director Gary Sherman, podcaster Matt Gourley, critic April Wolfe, and Fangoria editor Phil Nobile Jr. are among the many insiders and experts interviewed for the series.
Last week’s record-breaking premiere focused on the legend and impact of The Exorcist “curse.” Episodes two and three, premiering today, explore whether the Devil himself might have cursed The Omen and if a curse might be connected to the tragic deaths associated with the franchise.
Cursed Films became an instant hit for us across every metric we have, including total number of viewers, percentage of subscribers who watched during its opening weekend, and completion rate.” said Craig Engler, Shudder’s General Manager. “Jay Cheel’s thoughtful — and at times heartbreaking — examination of the tragic events that led people to label films like The Exorcist and The Omen ‘cursed’ has clearly resonated with audiences and critics.”
The entire Cursed Films team is thrilled by the enthusiastic response the series has received from critics and horror fans.” said series writer/director Jay Cheel. “It was a deeply gratifying experience traveling around the US and Canada, interviewing some childhood horror heroes along with some of the most intelligent, articulate, and empathetic subjects a documentary filmmaker could ask for. We’re so excited to finally be able to share the finished product with Shudder’s members who we hope find the experience of watching Cursed Films as rewarding as we did making it.”
Tune into Shudder (now offering a free month trial) for the final two episodes of “Cursed Films” on Thursday, April 16th. The episodes will examine the horrific deaths on the sets of The Crow and Twilight Zone: The Movie.