While some among us may insist that they are above Hollywood gossip, let’s be real: it’s hard to resist a decent haunted set story. The horror genre streaming service Shudder seems to agree, which is why it’s launching a new docuseries dedicated solely to talking shit about ghosts—er, exploring potentially paranormal instances on-set.
Written and directed by How To Build A Time Machine’s Jay Cheel, Cursed Films will dive into some of the more infamous tales of otherworldly encounters and speculated “death curses” from the lots that brought us The Exorcist, The Omen, and Poltergeist, just to name a few. From a recent press release: “Cursed Films will reveal 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?”
Stories like these have a way of outshining the films themselves. Back in September Corin Hardy, the director of The Nun, shared his own brief encounter with ghostly visitors on his Romanian set, claiming that he spotted two men in the shadows whom he initially assumed were part of the crew. When he turned to ask for their opinion on a scene, they were no longer there. Is there a possibility that the mysterious duo were actually flesh-bound set dwellers who simply skipped off to lunch? Sure, but that reasoning isn’t nearly as fun, and it’s no more ridiculous than the actual film.
Alongside its newest documentary, Horror Noire: A History Of Black Horror and the upcoming The Last Drive-In With Joe Bob Briggs and Creepshow series, Cursed Films will join Shudder’s slate of original programming. There’s no set release date as of yet, but you may want to hold off on starting that free Shudder trial until the series premieres later this year.
[Via Dread Central]