Docuseries Cursed Films renewed for a second season at Shudder
Shudder has officially renewed director-creator Jay Cheel’s documentary series Cursed Films for a second season which is expected to premiere in 2021. This renewal comes after four months since the half hour-long series had debuted its 5-episode first season which became the streaming service’s second most-watched series.
“Season One of Cursed Films captivated audiences with its thoughtful but unflinching exploration of the often tragic events surrounding some of history’s most notorious productions, becoming an instant hit for us and earning rave reviews from both critics and viewers,“ Shudder’s General Manager Craig Engler said in a statement. “Since its debut, the number one question we’ve been asked is: Will there be more, and how soon? We’re delighted to say that we’re partnering with Jay once again for a second season of Cursed Films that will be even bigger and better than the first.”
In addition, Cheel has also revealed that the upcoming new season will feature some episodes that will explore stories outside of North America. “Filming Season One of Cursed Films was an amazing experience, so I’m thrilled to have the chance to interview a new group of talented filmmakers and film critics while exploring the stories behind five more legendarily ill-fated film productions. This time around we’ll be heading outside of North America for a few episodes, which will not only widen the scope of the series but offer an exciting collection of stories connected to a diverse group of movies.”
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?
The docuseries 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?
It is created by Jay Cheel with Andrew Nicholas, McCann Smith, and Laura Perlmutter serving as executive producers. Season 1 centered on classic cult films including: The Exorcist, The Omen, Poltergeist, The Crow, and Twilight Zone: The Movie.