Can Zac Efron Overcome the ‘Killing’ Curse?

With the news of Zac Efron’s recent illness while shooting his reality-survival series Killing Zac Efron, I thought it might be time to consider the ‘curse’ of the ‘Killing‘ title.


Never heard of it? Well, with the exception of Killing Eve (and a couple mentioned later), there’s some evidence to back the theory up. Witness the disgraced Fox News host Bill O’Reilly’s turgid series of ‘Killing‘ docudramas – Jesus, Lincoln and Kennedy. 

And not forgetting:
Killing Bono (2011) 
Killing Hasselhoff (2017)
Killing Gunther (2017)
And close cousin Kill Keith (Chegwin) in 2011 – trailer below:



If only lousy UK comedies Bula QuoThe Harry Hill Movie (both 2013) and The Keith Lemon Movie (2012) could have been called Killing QuoKilling Harry and Killing Lemon the theory would be (kinda) cast-iron. 
Bula Quo trailer:



A (dis)honourable mention to 2015’s amateurish wannabe satire Kill Your Friends, a leading role misfire for star Nicholas Hoult.  Although Tarantino’s Kill Bill (at least Part I) and 1993’s heist movie Killing Zoe, directed by former Tarantino cohort Roger Avery do buck the trend:

Will Killing Zac Efron be able to succeed in spite of the title and the mysterious curse that befalls most projects with the word “killing” in the title? We’ll soon find out…

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Stephen Arnell

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