Serious horror fans like yourselves have likely heard the many Hollywood legends about films with allegedly cursed or haunted productions — The Exorcist, The Omen, Poltergeist and Rosemary’s Baby are some of the better known-examples — but until now, no one has devoted a regular documentary series to the bizarre, often unexplained and sometimes deadly histories behind some of these classic movies.
Shudder has been expanding its library with lots of popular and award-winning horror documentaries lately, including the critically-acclaimed Horror Noire (which recently took home a Rondo Award) and the festival favorite Haunters: The Art of the Scare.
Now the horror streaming platform can add another feather to their cap with the docu-series Cursed Films, during which each episode explores an individual film with a backstory that’s just as horrifying (if not more so) than the fictional events onscreen.
As of this week, Shudder has premiered three episodes of Cursed Films — beginning with The Exorcist and continuing with The Omen and Poltergeist. Each hour-long installment features rare and sometimes never-before-seen footage from the production, interviews with cast and crew, and expert analysis of the rumors and legends themselves — including the chilling events that accompanied or followed the film’s creation.
The horror streamer recently revealed Cursed Films is now their second-most-popular running show since the service launched, falling only slightly behind the much-loved Creepshow revival series.
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