cursed films review

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The SeriesCursed Films

Where You Can Stream It: Shudder

The Pitch: This documentary series explores “cursed” film productions, shoots that were plagued with deaths, accidents, and other catastrophes. Interviews with the filmmakers who were there, seasoned academics, and even experts in the occult all provide context, as each episode attempts to discern if these movies are actually cursed in a literal sense and why we’re so attracted to the idea of supernatural mayhem in the first place. The series covers The Exorcist, The Omen, the Poltergeist films, The Crow, and Twilight Zone: The Movie.

Why It’s Essential Viewing: Human beings like explanations. We like to think there’s a plan, a reason, or an excuse for why things go wrong. And the Shudder documentary series Cursed Films isn’t just about infamous film productions where something (or many things) went awry – it’s about how and why we compartmentalize tragedy and search for meaning in darkness. The academics on screen say it’s a natural human response to make sense of chaos. The occultists and dark magicians (yep) interviewed say curses are very real and very powerful. The filmmakers themselves say it’s grotesque to glamorize these events by injecting the supernatural into the tragic. And each of these angles proves fascinating in every episode of the series.

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Best Movies Streaming Right Now Parasite

(Welcome to Now Stream This, a column dedicated to the best movies streaming on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and every other streaming service out there.)

Another week stuck inside, another excuse to block out the horrors of the real world and stream some great movies. And there are a whole slew of genuinely great movies streaming right now. Because I’m such a nice guy, I took the liberty of rounding a bunch up in one place so you don’t have to go searching for them. I do it because I care, folks.

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Cursed Films, Shudder’s new series about the urban legends surrounding classic horror films, is a must-watch. They’ve already debuted an episode on The Exorcist, and this week they’ll be premiering a new ep devoted to Richard Donner’s 1976 classic, The Omen. We’re debuting an exclusive Cursed Films clip that features Donner and more talking about some of the spooky happenings that surrounded The Omen‘s production.

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cursed films review

Have you heard the rumor that real skeletons were used in Poltergeist? Or how about all the mysterious incidents that surrounded the shooting of The Omen? If you’re a horror fan, you’ve heard these stories – and more. Certain iconic horror films are surrounded by this sort of legends – the type that make an already scary movie extra scary, as if the very film itself was emitting bad vibes, or toxic fumes.

These rumors, rumblings, urban legends, and more, crawl out of the shadows and into the light in Cursed Films, a new Shudder docu-series from director Jay Cheel. Each episode attempts to get to the bottom of these stories, and, should they be total bunk, track their origins. In doing so, Cursed Films uncovers dark secrets and stark realities harsher than any mythical curse.

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cursed films trailer

Did you hear the one about the real skeletons used on the set of Poltergeist? Or how about all the spooky stuff that happened during the filming of The Exorcist and The Omen? And then, of course, there’s the horrific, tragic, and deadly accident that happened while shooting The Twilight Zone: The Movie. These stories, and more, are the stuff of legend – the type of tales that enhance a horror movie’s reputation, where the horror goes beyond what you’re seeing on screen. Where the horror is real. That’s where Cursed Films comes in. This new original series from Shudder chronicles these stories, and more, with several notable horror experts on hand to break it all down. And now there’s a trailer.

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