‘Cursed’ horror film Antrum explored – 86 killed, nervous breakdowns and demons

Throughout the decades of film history there have been a number of horror films which audiences and the creators themselves have dubbed "cursed".

From the likes of The Omen, The Exorcist and Poltergeist the chilling claims of torment which unfolded for the cast and crew after wrapping filming is enough to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand straight.

But there's one film that claims to be so "cursed" that movie fanatics around the world have been too scared to play it at their theatres.

It is said that the movie contains a "secret" which can only be seen by some audiences – and those who witness it are "certain to die".

That film is Antrum.

Antrum was made in 1979 in England and follows the story of a brother and sister traveling into the woods and trying to dig their way to Hell in order to save the soul of their recently-euthanised dog.

It was only screened twice – both reportedly led to audiences dying and is said to have supposedly harmful, damaging effects on those who watch it.

At the time, producers tried to submit the film for inclusion in a variety of film festivals but due to the nature of the film and many supernatural believers advising that it shouldn't be aired, it wasn't and became one of those films which thankfully went nowhere but to the back of a shelf.

However, that is until 1988 when a theatre in Budapest decided to air the film.

During the screening, a fire reportedly broke out, burning the theatre to the ground and killing 56 people in Hungary.

It was initially believed to be the result of a faulty projector, but investigators later determined that audience members set the fire themselves.

They then say in 1993 there was a second fatal screening in San Francisco, this time killing 30 members of the audience when the "building exploded".

For years the film was forgotten about until American horror director Eric Thirteen became aware of the film at the Brooklyn Horror Film Festival a year ago and says he was determined to put it before a wider audience.

He struck a deal with Uncork'd Entertainment for the terrifying tale to be screened throughout 2020 in cinemas across Japan, where it has attracted attention on social media.

Speaking on why he decided to air the film, Thirteen told Forbes magazine: "Here I was at the fest where this movie’s playing.

"Normally, everyone’s hyping their projects, it’s very easy to talk to people about what’s showing – and yet, I can’t get anybody to tell me what the hell actually happened in this movie everyone’s talking about.

"That’s when I had to see it, that’s when it was like, 'Ok, this is my mission now. I have to track this movie down…which is not playing anywhere else, which has no records online, which you can’t find anything about.'"

And now filmmakers David Amito and Michael Laicini, who insist the curse is real, are bringing it back to life and have renamed the 1979 film, Antrum: The Deadliest Film Ever Made.

Even before the film starts a legal notice pops up to warn of the danger of death.

The legal notice reads: "By continuing to watch this film you agree that the producers of this film have made you aware of the history and danger(s) associated with Antrum.

"The producers, distributors, cast, crew, unions and theatre management on all levels are released of all liability for any event that occurs to you during or after your screening including but not limited to illness, injury, mortal danger or death."

Even the trailer comes with a warning. It tells viewers: "The following preview contains images which are rumoured to be 'haunted' or 'cursed'."

The chilling film is also now available on Amazon Prime.

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