Cursed

Synopsis: Beware the Full Moon

Packed with even more intense thrills than audiences experiences in theaters, this unrated version of Wes Craven’s Cursed brings you the terror of werewolves as never before! Christina Ricci (Monster), Jesse Eisenberg (The Village), Joshua Jackson) (TV’s Dawson’s Creek), Judy Greer (The Village) and Milo Ventimiglia (TV’s Gilmore Girls) find themselves caught up in an unimaginable horror!

A werewolf loose in Los Angeles changes the lives of three young adults who, after being mauled by the beast, learn that the only way to break the curse put upon them is to kill the one who started it all!
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Cursed 5.5

Werewolves are hardly my favourite monsters, and werewolf movies are usually at the bottom of my list of things to see.

But when I found out that this movie was made by director Wes Craven and writer Kevin Williamson, the duo that brought us the Scream trilogy, I figured that there was a chance that this might work. After all, they managed to revamp horror movies for a new generation and the genre hasn’t stopped slashing its way through the box office since.

It’s quite a feat considering that the genre had been, at the time, considered d.o.a. for years now. At best, one might sneak itself into cinemas like a bloodthirsty stalker in the night and then disappear as quickly as it came. Frequently, it was pretty straight-to-video and so low-budget that it didn’t look credible.

I adore the Scream trilogy. Its satirical, self-referential style really connected with me. It was fresh and it injected a little intelligence into a style that was normally imbecilic at best. So I was hoping that they might be able to do the same with ‘Cursed’.

Sadly, that’s what they tried to do: exactly the same!

From the look of the film, to the characters, and the dialogue, ‘Cursed’ feels like ‘Scream’ with werewolves – only without the smarts and substance. It feels like a hackjob by Craven/Williamson wannabes, and the whole time I kept wondering if I was remotely appreciative only because it’s them; would I drop my rating a couple of notches if it were made by some unknowns?

Thing is, I checked out their respective filmographies and Williamson hasn’t really done anything else that I like. Even his ‘Scream 2’ script paled in comparison to the original (the series was salvaged by another writer in ‘Scream 3’). And Wes is very uneven in his own choices – while he’s created the ‘Nightmare On Elm Street’ series (which is also iffy at best), he also brought us shlock like ‘Shocker’ and ‘The People Under The Stairs’.

So the fact that this movie is not very good is hardly surprising, taken into context. And it’s a shame, because I would have liked to see a fresh spin on the werewolf movie from these guys.

However, as it stands, I will have to stick the ‘Ginger Snaps’ series, and ‘Dog Soldiers’. At least those movies tried.

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