Ep. 16: 791.43 – Legends and lore behind cursed films

In this episode, Hailee is bewitched with the legends and lore behind cursed films.

What is a curse? Some of the earliest curses are found in Egyptian Execration texts, which were tablets listing the enemies of the pharaoh. Essentially, a curse is any expressed wish that some form of adversity or misfortune will befall or attach to one or more persons, a place, or an object. Throughout history, people have promoted stories of curses for a variety of reasons. You can find curses just about anywhere, from religious superstitions to sports fans wearing a certain jersey because they think it will help their team win…to films and television! There are a number of films that hold the description of being cursed. Accidents and deaths on set, bad luck that seems to follow anyone associated with certain films, and so much more. In this episode, Hailee will discuss the real events, legends, and lore behind several cursed films and you can decide for yourself…are curses real? 

Recommended Media

  • Cursed Films series on Shudder
  • Harrow Lake by Kat Ellis
  • The Remaking by Clay Mcleod Chapman
  • Plain Bad Heroines by Emily Danforth

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Colburn, R. (2020, June 10). Facts And Theories About ‘Atuk,’ A Cursed Script That Killed Every Actor Attached. Ranker. https://www.ranker.com/list/atuk-cursed-film-facts/randall-colburn

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Kurland, D. (2016, April 19). Looking at the Horrible, Cursed Production of ‘The Omen’! Bloody Disgusting. https://bloody-disgusting.com/movie/3386555/looking-horrible-cursed-production-omen/

Little, B. (n.d.). 6 Famous Curses Through History. history.com. Retrieved May 27, 2021, from https://www.history.com/news/curses-king-tut-tippecanoe-origins

McKendry, D. I. (2015, December 2). Is THE EXORCIST Cursed? Seven Reasons Why Some Think the Film is Haunted. 13th Floor. http://www.the13thfloor.tv/2015/12/02/is-the-exorcist-movie-cursed/Robertson, B., Nicholas, A., Smith, M., & Perlmutter, L. (Executive Producers). (2020). Cursed Films [TV series]. Shudder.

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