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First Trailer, Poster, & Premiere Date for Shudder's New Docu-Series CURSED FILMS

Written, Directed & Edited by 
Jay Cheel 

Executive Producers
 Andrew Nicholas McCann Smith 
Laura Perlmutter 
Brian Robertson 
Jay Cheel 

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 Series trailer: https://youtu.be/X4LZBEVlSXA 

A Shudder Original Series | 5 x 30’ Episodes | Premieres April 2, 2020

SYNOPISIS 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 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.

Jay Cheel's debut doc feature, "Beauty Day", premiered at NY's MOMA as part of their Canadian Front Programming Series. The film was also an official selection at the Hot Docs and was nominated for a Genie Award for Best Doc in 2012. His follow-up, "How to Build a Time Machine", premiered at Hot Docs, and screened at AFI, Rotterdam, and DOC NYC. 

Laura Perlmutter and Andrew Nicholas McCann Smith created FIRST LOVE to create exceptional screen based content regardless of the platform. Since 2012, FIRST LOVE has played on the most prestigious screens across the world, including Sundance, TIFF, Locarno, and AFI. FIRST LOVE has taken home over dozens of top awards including a Canadian Screen Award, Grand Prix at Claremont Ferrand, and the Locarno’s Jury Prize. Most recently First Love produced COLD (New Form/Go90), WARIGAMI (CW/CBC), CURSED (AMC/Shudder), and the critically acclaimed horror film THE DARK (Dark Sky). 

AMC Networks’ Shudder is a premium streaming video service, super-serving members with the best selection in genre entertainment, covering horror, thrillers and the supernatural. Shudder’s expanding library of film, TV series, and originals is available on most streaming devices in the US, Canada, the UK, Ireland and Germany. To experience Shudder commitment-free for 7 days, visit www.shudder.com Press Contact: sean.redlitz@shudder.com.