Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Christina Ricci, Jesse Eisenberg, Portia de Rossi, Mya, Shannon Elizabeth
Director: Wes Craven
Genres: Drama, Horror
Packed with even more intense thrills than audiences experienced 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... more »
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Chad B. (abrnt1) from CABERY, IL
Reviewed on 3/7/2012...
It's hard to believe that at one time Wes Craven was considered to be one of the most original and daring horror directors. The Last House On The Left,The Hills Have Eyes,A Nightmare On Elm Street,The Serpent and the Rainbow,The People Under The Stairs & Scream were all classics of the genre. After the success of Scream Craven has become something of a hack. He no longer seems interested in attempting to make entertaining cinema that's willing to push the limits any longer. He's content to make watered down flawed films.
Cursed is a misguided attempt to bring a modern feel to the werewolf movie. It fails on every level. Bad cgi, pointless story (which shows that Kevin Williamson's success with the Scream screenplay was indeed a fluke) and characters that are nothing but cliches. The studio did re-edit the film making it PG-13, but the unrated version shows how unoriginal the movie was to begin with.
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Werewolves of L.A.
bonsai chicken | United States | 07/23/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"CURSED is the story of a brother and sister who are attacked by a werewolf and become infected. Prior to this incident, Ellie's (Christina Ricci) biggest problems were an emotionally distant boyfriend and a snotty PR representative at her company, while Jimmy (Jesse Eisenberg) mostly had to put up with the homophobic bullies at his high school. I guess sometimes we just don't know when we have it good. Jimmy, a comic book geek, is quick to accept the possibility of what has happened to them and begins research immediately, while Ellie remains skeptical until the physical evidence becomes irrefutable.
With Wes Craven's track record (even his lesser films at least dealt with more original subject matter) one had to wonder why he wanted to make such a formulaic movie about such a well-worn concept. [Edit: I have since learned that this movie was a result of contractual obligation.] The first act of the movie felt quite tired, with dozens of unimaginative scares that have been seen time and time again. A dream sequence in particular is a real groaner. However, it actually does get better as it goes on. While it still retains an air of predictability, it did surprise me at times. I really thought it was obvious who the lycanthropic antagonist was. I wasn't completely wrong, but I wasn't exactly right, either.
In the end, CURSED is a passably entertaining movie made so primarily by the cast, which also includes Joshua Jackson (THE SAFETY OF OBJECTS) and Judy Greer (ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT). Portia de Rossi (also ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT) appears in a small role, and Scott Baio appears as himself. As a bonus, we get to see Shannon Elizabeth (JAY AND SILENT BOB STRIKE BACK) get ripped in half. Always a treat.
The unrated DVD contains a number of featurettes: a making-of with cast interview clips, one on effects, one on editing, and a humorous short film on "making a werewolf." There is also effects commentary for certain scenes."
Not what it could have been
MetalMan#1 | Maine | 08/04/2005
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I agree this movie pretty much sucked but Craven fans should know the facts before they start raving about how low he went on this film. Wes owed Dimension one more movie and that ended up being Cursed. Now what we have here isn't even that film he started to make. Craven originally filmed most of this movie in an almost entirely different version that Dimension decided they didn't like because it was a HORROR movie and wasn't hip and funny enough. That's when Kevin Williamson rewrote the script to be this piece of poo that we all watched. So Wes had to re-shoot the movie to suit the new script. Basically he hates it, and his new movie coming out, Red Eye, is for I believe Dreamworks pictures not Dimension.
Craven's Campy "Cursed"
Daryl B | Nashville, Tennessee United States | 02/25/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I thought this movie was a lot of fun. We have all seen the same old werewolf movies but this one doesn't take itself so seriously and just has a lot of fun.
The story centers around a sister (played by Cristina Ricci)and her younger brother, who are involved in an accident with an unknown animal and both are bitten by the unseen monster. Soon both realize that something is not right as they begin to exhibit the signs of a human who has bitten by a werewolf.
There are twists and turns and Craven makes you think the villian is one person or the next. The other actors (Joshua Jackson plays Ricci's love interest) have fun with their roles. There are also funny cameos by Scott Baio and Craig Kilborn.
If you are looking for a gory, spine tingling thrill fest, you may be disappointed. This is a campy film that gives you some quick scares but mainly plays for a lot of laughs. Go into it with it with a carefree attitude and I think you will enjoy it."