On Cinema’s Gregg Turkington was in-character for Shudder’s Cursed Films

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Shudder fans cursed movie series, which sees the streaming service talk to real Historians and industry insiders on the legends surrounding “cursed” film productions were given a crossover surprise when the show returned for its second season. this week. This episode was focused on the famous and hard filming from The Wizard of Ozwith the producers talking to the kind of people you’d expect for this kind of episode: Oz historians like John Fricke, Stephin Cox and Aljean Harmetz; family members of cast members, including Lorna Luft and Jane Lahr; and even Adam Savage from Myth Busterswho once tried to delve into the truth of the old man”Buddy Ebsen was poisoned by the myth of the Tin Man painting.

But also in the file: Gregg Turkington, founder of the Victorville Film Archive, also known for being the permanent guest/co-host of In Cinema In Cinema with Tim Heidecker. And while the years lasting, multiplemedia-expansive nature of at the cinema and its universe of parallel projects occasionally does “What’s real here?” a difficult question to tackle, Turkington definitely seems to be doing its part cursed movies in character, as the bumbling, smug “movie buff” that fans of the series have come to love and occasionally fear.

Certainly it would not be difficult to imagine Turkington getting lyrical on the show, like he does here, around 1981 under the Rainbowridiculously fictional account of OzIt’s making even director Steve Rash now admit that it was pretty gross. (Rash, on reviewing the movie from him today: “I was quite disappointed in how racist, how sexist, how elitist it was conceptually… Probably some other -ists as well.”) (Turkington: “under the Rainbow It’s a great, great, great movie.” Turkington is also the voice of the “man who hanged himself on the set” legend, putting out a “priceless collector’s edition” of the film, currently on sale on Ebay for twenty dollars, which supposedly shows the footage unmodified. of death”.

It is both uncomfortable and so much fun at the cinema the content is. But it’s also a very weird swing for a show that is, ostensibly, a history show have a comedian introduce himself directly tell a bunch of lies about the subject of his mini-documentary. we do not I really think anyone’s being duped here, though we reached out to the show’s producers for comment on Turkington’s appearance, and if you squint, you can see a point about the same kind of fraying of reality online that led to the myth of the hanging in the first place. Having said that, he is simply the strangest have the at the cinema reality intersects with ours in this way. (Although aat least Tim wasn’t there to sell lethal vape juice.)

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