New to Shudder in April

The Wizard of Oz, Rosemary’s Baby, Stalker and The Serpent and the Rainbow are the focus of Cursed Films II, which will premiere April 7 on horror streaming service Shudder.

Like the first, the second season will explore the the facts and myths surrounding supposedly cursed movie classics.

In The Wizard of Oz episode, authors Aljean Harmetz and Stephen Cox discuss Margaret Hamilton’s fiery mishap and address the rumours of drunken Munchkins tearing up the Culver hotel.

Certified Oz expert Gregg Turkington breaks down the notorious legend of the hanging munchkin, while Lorna Luft sets the record straight on the treatment of her mother, Judy Garland, by the studio behind the production of Oz.

Rosemary’s Baby opened in 1968 amid a political and cultural revolution in America. Reads the episode synopsis:

Its young director, Roman Polanski, created one of the most iconic horror films in history, seemingly drawing upon his own dark past in a film that’s strangely connected to a number of tragic stories, starting with an unexpected death of a composer and leading to one of America’s most notorious true crime cases: The Manson Family murders.

Dianne “Snake” Lake recounts her time with the family and its connections to Rosemary’s Baby, while photographer Julian Wasser shares his experience photographing Polanski as he explored the crime scene of the murder of his wife, Sharon Tate, and their unborn child.

Also new next month will be two original movies: The Cellar (April 15), which stars Elisha Cuthbert as the mother of a girl who mysteriously vanishes in the cellar of their new house in the country; and Virus 32 (April 21), about a virus in which the infected can only calm their fever by killing the uninfected.

New library additions will include:

April 5


How to Deter a Robber

You Might be the Killer

April 12


Julia

The 100 Candle Game

April 13


Subspecies

The Pit and the Pendulum

Intruder

April 19

The Boulet Brothers’ Dragula S1-3

Devil’s Tower

Eat

April 26


Etheria S5

Evidence

The Windmill Massacre

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