Can a movie really be cursed? A new documentary series for horror streamer Shudder delves into the truth behind the myth.
The 1982 version of ‘Poltergeist’ (not the average remake) is a horror classic. Directed by Tobe Hooper (with a little help from Steven Spielberg, if you believe the rumours), it told the story of family haunted by ancient evil spirits. Just as terrifying as the action on-screen however was the tragic events that happened to the cast in real life. Many of those involved in ‘Poltergeist’ and it’s sequels were dogged with awful luck, giving it the reputation of the most cursed film of all time. Cast deaths The most remarkable thing about ‘Poltergeist’ is the alarming number of cast deaths that occured post-shoot.
As if Gil Kenan had not done enough already to earn the disdain of elder horror fans, this one really ought to seal the deal. Fresh from this year’s widely-panned ‘Poltergeist’ remake, Kenan has now signed on to direct ‘Five Nights At Freddy’s,’ a live-action adaptation of the horror video game series, for Warner Bros. Deadline report that Kenan has also signed on to co-write the film with Tyler Burton Smith, whilst Roy Lee and Seth Grahame-Smith produce.
Coulrophobics have been dealt a devastating blow, after the Advertising Standards Authority cleared posters featuring a creepy clown for public display. “Although we acknowledged that some distress had been caused, because we did not consider that the overall impression of the ads was such that they were likely to cause excessive fear or distress, particularly in the context of an ad for a horror film, we concluded that they were not irresponsibly targeted in outdoor media.” Where 'Poltergeist’ was lucky, however, many other movies have had their promotional material sanctioned in the past, usually on the grounds of decency.