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AMC slates Shudder horror docuseries, Sundance true crime podcast

AMC-owned horror streamer Shudder is preparing an original docuseries that will explore the facts and legends surrounding iconic horror films struck by mysterious misfortune and tragedy. Cursed Films offers testimony from ...
February 11, 2019

AMC-owned horror streamer Shudder is preparing an original docuseries that will explore the facts and legends surrounding iconic horror films struck by mysterious misfortune and tragedy.

Cursed Films offers testimony from experts, witnesses, cast members, directors and producers who worked on “cursed” film sets to explore whether the films were plagued by mere bad luck or by something more sinister.

Classic films explored in the series include The Exorcist, Poltergeist (pictured), The Omen and more.

Cursed Films is executive produced by Andrew Nicholas McCann Smith and Laura Perlmutter for First Love Films, along with Jay Cheel and Brian Robertson.

The series will premiere later this year on Shudder. The streaming platform’s first original feature doc, Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror, premiered on the service last week (Feb. 7).

Cursed Films is a fascinating look at why these iconic horror movies have gained such an outsized reputation for being the focus of bizarre tragedies and strange coincidences that seemingly defy explanation,” said Craig Engler, Shudder’s general manager, in a statement.

Elsewhere, AMC’s Sundance TV has launched a podcast hosted by Amanda Knox that will delve deeper into the true crime stories explored in Sundance TV’s slate of true crime series: Ministry of Evil: The Twisted Cult of Tony Alamo, Killing for Love, The Preppie Murder: Death In Central Park (w/t) and No One Saw A Thing.

The Truth About True Crime with Amanda Knox is comprised of 20- to 30-minute episodes, some of which are currently available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and Spotify.

Knox executive produces the podcast with Christopher Robinson.

“While television as a format allows us to utilize archival footage, photos and videos, the podcast format allows for a deeper conversation and expansion of the story,” said Jan Diedrichsen, executive director of SundanceTV and Sundance Now, in a statement. “What’s more, we have found a real-life expert in Amanda Knox, who brings a unique perspective to the true crime genre, and a humanity to the storytelling.”

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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