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April 10th, 2020 under Shudder

There are so many movies that have the reputation of being cursed, and Cursed Films is exploring five of them on Shudder.

Last week, they looked at The Exorcist. The 1973 flick saw many people related to the film die. Linda Blair broke her back when a stunt went wrong. The house where they filmed was destroyed by fire, and only one room was left untouched. Can you guess which one?

Some people believed the movie was cursed because they welcomed the devil in because of the topic.

That was that movie’s story, what about Poltergeist? Two of the five leads died before the final movie was done filming. Each of the three movies saw an actor die shortly after it came out, after it was done filming or before they were done filming.

Dominique Dunne was murdered by her ex-boyfriend movie just after the movie came out. She was just 22. Julian Beck starred in the second movie and he died of stomach cancer in 1985 before the movie came out. His character was in the third film, and this was before CGI. Therefore, they put a death mask on another actor to make it look like him. Finally, Heather O’Rourke, who starred in all three movies, died before they were done filming the final film. Her death was caused by congenital stenosis of the intestine at the age of just 12. The docuseries explains how they were able to film her final scenes without her.

Those are just three of the reasons why this horror franchise is cursed. There are more scary things about it that are featured in the episode that is streaming now. Plus, we find out what happened to the house from the movie and the very scary clown. that almost took the life of another actor from the film.

As scary as two cursed movies, The Omen is even scarier. There were a lot of near misses for some of the people who worked on the feature; and then there were a few that were not so lucky. Gregory Peck’s planes were involved in two freaky accidents. Luckily for him, he was not on either plane when the accidents happened. There were a few bombings that narrowly missed crew members. Those are the survivors, there was an animal trainer who was killed by a lion shortly after they filmed at a zoo. There were others who were near to the production who did not live to see the movie’s premiere.

Are these movies truly cursed? That is something they ask in each episode. Their theories made me wonder, but they will stop me from thinking what I think. The lore is just as much interesting as the film they are attached to.

I thought I knew a lot about the curses on these films, but I learned even more by watching the series.

Next Thursday, they look at The Twilight Zone and Creepshow.

Hopefully, this series will get picked up for a second season, and they add Rebel Without a Cause to their list. That is the most cursed film in all of Hollywood history. All three leads died young of tragic deaths. But that is for next season. This season features the five films and you can watch three of the episodes now on Shudder.


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