Gregg Turkington of On Cinema starred in Shudder’s Cursed Films

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Shudder’s fans Damn movie series – which sees the streaming service talk to real historians and industry experts on the legends surrounding “cursed” film productions – were treated to a surprise when the series returned for the second season this week. That episode was focused on the famous rough filming of The Wizard of Ozwith the producers talking for the kind of people you would expect for this type of episode: Oz historians such as John Fricke, Stephro Cox and Aljean Harmetz; family members of the cast members, including Lorna Luft and Jane Lahr; and even Adam Savage of Mythswho once tried to delve into the truth of the old “Buddy Ebsen era poisoned by the paint of the Tin Man ”.

But also on file: Gregg Turkington, Founder of Victorville Film Archive, Also Known for Permanent Guest / Co-Host About cinema Cinema with Tim Heidecker. And over the years, manymass mediathe extent of nature Cinema and his universe of side projects occasionally does “What’s real here?” a difficult question to address, Turkington for sure he seems to be doing his part Damn movies in character, as a weird and arrogant “movie lover” that fans of the show have come to love and sometimes fear.

It would certainly not be difficult to imagine Turkington creating lyrics in the show, as he does here, about the years 1981 Under the Rainbowa ridiculous one fictional story about OzIt seems that even the director Steve Rash now admits that it was quite disgusting. (Rash, reviewing his movie nowadays: “I was quite disappointed with how racist, how sexist, how elitist it was conceptually … Probably other people.” (Turkington: “Under the Rainbow It’s a great movie, great, great. ” Turkington is also the voice of the legend “the guy hanged himself on set”, releasing an “invaluable collector’s edition” of the film – currently retailing on Ebay for twenty dollars – which is supposed to show the raw footage of ” death ”.

It’s both awkward and very funny, just as much Cinema the content is. But it is also a very strange cradle for a show that is apparently a history program to have a comedian come face to face tell a bunch of lies about the subject of your mini-documentary. We do not really think Everyone is fooled here – although I contacted the show’s producers for a comment on Turkington’s appearance – and if you look away, you can see that it’s an idea of ​​the same kind of revelation of online reality that led to the suspended myth in the first place. That being said, it is simply the strangest thing to have Cinema reality thus intersects with ours. (Although aat least Tim wasn’t there to sell any deadly vape juice.)