It looks like Shudder has another hit on their hands with Cursed Films, a documentary series about the nefarious lore associated with some of horror’s most successful films.
The streaming service issued a release saying the show broke the record of their most-watched documentary.
“Cursed Films became an instant hit for us across every metric we have, including total number of viewers, percentage of subscribers who watched during its opening weekend, and completion rate,” said Craig Engler, Shudder’s General Manager. “Jay Cheel’s thoughtful — and at times heartbreaking — examination of the tragic events that led people to label films like The Exorcist and The Omen ‘cursed’ has clearly resonated with audiences and critics.”
Only Greg Nicotero’s Creepshow performed better as far as viewership during a series debut.
Cursed Films is a part of Shudder’s “Halfway to Halloween Month” line-up of programming. Last week’s premiere examined tales from The Exorcist set. Following that, in episode two, we get to hang out with The Omen filmmakers who say the devil himself may have visited the set.
Then it’s the infamous Poltergeist curse featured in episode three.
“The entire Cursed Films team is thrilled by the enthusiastic response the series has received from critics and horror fans,” said series writer/director Jay Cheel. “It was a deeply gratifying experience traveling around the US and Canada, interviewing some childhood horror heroes along with some of the most intelligent, articulate, and empathetic subjects a documentary filmmaker could ask for. We’re so excited to finally be able to share the finished product with Shudder’s members who we hope find the experience of watching Cursed Films as rewarding as we did making it.”
The final two episodes, examining the horrific deaths on the sets of The Crow and Twilight Zone: The Movie, will premiere Thursday, April 16.
Cursed Films is written, directed and edited by Jay Cheel (How to Build a Time Machine) and executive produced by Andrew Nicholas McCann Smith and Laura Perlmutter for First Love Films, along with Jay Cheel and Brian Robertson.