Shudder Documentary Review – Cursed Films (2020)

JulieGAugust 18, 202017 min
Image Source

IMDb Rating: 7.1/10

Not Rated | 30min | Documentary, Horror | TV Series

Metacritic: TBD

Rotten Tomatoes Rating:  95% Fresh (Critics), 83% Fresh (Audience)


Writers: Jay Cheel

Stars: Phil Nobile Jr., Mitch Horowitz, Ryan Turek

Movie Tagline:

IMDb summary: Cursed Films is a five-part documentary series which explores the myths and legends behind some of Hollywood’s notoriously cursed horror film productions.

If you’re a horror movie fan, you’ll be familiar with the term “cursed films”. And several movies such as The Crow, Poltergeist and Omen will be familiar. These films have shared notoriety amongst horror fans because of the strange events that allegedly occurred on the sets of these productions.

Cursed Films is a documentary that focuses on five so-called “cursed” films  – movies that have been talked about in movie circles for decades and thought of as “cursed”. This documentary does a fine job of going beyond the rumours and infamy to apply fact or truth to these stories.

The Crow

There are five parts to this documentary each dedicated to one movie, namely Poltergeist, The Crow, The Exorcist, The Twilight Zone and Omen. Each segment features at least one person who worked on the production of these films. It takes into account their own personal experience with the creation of the film and their view on the movie and its “cursed” infamy.

Several segments of the documentary really reached out to me as both a fan of these films and a critic. Gary Sherman’s account of his relationship with Heather O’Rourke (Poltergeist) was heartbreaking as was the personal account of Brandon Lee’s make-up artist on the production of The Crow. These people are haunted by the events they witnessed on set. And there is nothing supernatural about a live round of ammunition mistakenly lodged in a prop gun that, when fired, killed the star of the film.

It was also refreshing to see different perspectives of what it means for a movie to be “cursed” and the very nature of a “curse”. Interviews on these topics included a Black Magician and a man who has been a practising Witch (Warlock?) for many years. Their explanations pertaining to a “curse” are interesting and may speak to some movie fans beyond the factual accounts of the moviemakers.

There isn’t a “curse” in existence that can argue against eyewitness accounts of events as they happened. We have concluded that as mysterious as the word “curse” is, it’s a case of media hyping things up that they don’t understand. What happened during the making of these films was tragic and life-altering. Even though there are still questions surrounding some events associated with these films, we think there is a logical explanation for everything that occurred. And this documentary does a fantastic job of substantiating what really happened versus what people think happened.


If you like our content, you can follow us on WordPress here, on Letterboxd here, on Twitter here or on Instagram here.


Freelance entertainment writer and reviewer. Visit my blog on

One comment

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: