Shudder’s release of ‘Cursed’, a documentary series focusing on the tragedies
that surrounded the films The Crow, The Exorcist, Poltergeist and The Twilight
Zone, the phenomenon of ‘cursed’ films is something that has become very
popular in cinephile culture. However, when talking about ‘cursed movies’, it
is important to make the distinction between a cursed movie, and
simply a serious tragedy that happened on set.
look at the production behind certain movies, there’s quite a few stories which
are tragic, such as the stuntman who died during the production of XXX, or the
tragic death of Sarah Jones during the making of Midnight Rider: The Gregg
Allman Story. But these are single stories of tragic accidents, or mishaps that
happened due to incompetence; they don’t constitute a ‘cursed’ film, where unexplained
fate has dogged the movie with misfortune.
However, if one were to hunt a
little bit deeper, there are a few movies which were cursed with tragedy in
spades, and this can give validity to the idea. These are ten such examples of those so-called 'cursed films'.