Cursed Films - Season 1
Genre: Documentary, Horror
Year Released: 2020, 2023 Acorn Media Blu-ray
Runtime: 5, 30m episodes
Director(s): Jay Cheel
Where To Watch: On Blu-ray and digital February 27, 2023
RAVING REVIEW: Get ready to learn about the darker side of Hollywood’s rumor mill! CURSED FILMS is a five-part documentary series that offers a thrilling look into some of Hollywood's most iconic horror films. With each episode clocking in at around 25 to 30 minutes, it's perfect for a series binge.
This isn’t your traditional docuseries. But this isn't just a rehash of the same old rumors and myths we've heard repeatedly. The show's writer-director, Jay Cheel, journeys through some of the most notoriously "cursed" productions, including THE OMEN, THE EXORCIST, POLTERGEIST, THE CROW, and THE TWILIGHT ZONE movies. Cheel interviews experts in the horror industry to provide viewers with a comprehensive understanding of the facts behind each production.
One of the most intriguing episodes of the series explores the infamous film POLTERGEIST. This episode looks into the rumors that real skeletons were used in the movie's climax and the tragic fate of two of the film's actresses. However, CURSED FILMS is interested in more than just the macabre details of these tragedies. The show attempts to uncover the truth, debunk some of the myths, and delve into the emotional impact of these events on the cast and crew.
CURSED FILMS is a cinematic experience taking us behind the scenes of these films that had tragedy befall them. The result is a comprehensive picture of why movies like THE OMEN, THE EXORCIST, THE CROW, and POLTERGEIST captivate audiences long after their initial release. What may have shocked me the most were THE TWILIGHT ZONE episode; while I knew of the movie, I had no clue what horrors happened on set. No matter how much you know, there’s always more out there.
This is a series that's perfect for both horror enthusiasts and casual moviegoers. It's a cinematic exploration of the stories and legends surrounding some of the most famous horror movies ever made.
CURSED FILMS is a must-watch for horror fans and anyone interested in the darker side of Hollywood history. With its unique and nuanced perspective, CURSED FILMS offers a fascinating look into some of the most iconic horror films ever.
Director’s Audio Commentary for All 5 Episodes
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