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On April 2nd, 2020, Cursed Films makes its premiere on Shudder. This new original series, written, directed and edited by Jay Cheel, takes a look at the mysterious things that happened behind-the-scenes of some of horror's most famous "cursed" productions. For those of you who are going to be at SXSW on March 13th, you may be able to catch the first two episodes (Poltergeist and The Omen), with Jay Cheel in attendance.

Since I can't make it to SXSW, April cannot come fast enough.

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Cursed Films is a five-part 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 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 series will premiere on Shudder Thursday, April 2, with The Exorcist episode, followed by the Poltergeist and The Omen on April 9 and The Crow and Twilight Zone: The Movie on April 16.

Featuring interviews with:

Lance Anderson • Hector Avalos • Bridget Baiss • Nate Bales • Vincent Bauhaus • Stefano Beninati • Michael Berryman • Linda Blair • Tony Burke • Sean Clark • Michael Correll • Douglas Cowan • Eileen Dietz • Richard Donner • Stephen Farber • Colin Geddes • Matt Gourley • Sarah Graff • Kane Hodder • Robert Hofler • Richard Holloman • Mitch Horowitz • Matthew Hutson • Lloyd Kaufman • E.A. Koetting • Barton Lane
Max MacDonald • Joseph Mazur • Matt Miller • Jeff Most • Mace Neufeld • Phil Nobile Jr. • Craig Reardon • Clay Routledge • Richard Sawyer
Gary Sherman • Michael Shermer • Ryan Turek • April Wolfe

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The Exorcist — Premieres April 2

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 9

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 9

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 16

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 16

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.

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He's the puppet master. You don't see him, but he pulls the strings that gets things done. He's the silent partner. He's black ops. If you notice his presence, it's the last thing you'll notice — because now you're dead. He's the shadow you thought you saw in that dark alleyway. You can have a conversation with him, and when you turn around to offer him a cup of coffee, he's already gone.
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