Frightmaster Wes Craven brings you the terror of werewolves and a cast of today's hottest young stars in CURSED! Christina Ricci (MONSTER), Jesse Eisenberg (THE VILLAGE), Joshua Jackson (TV's DAWSON'S CREEK), Judy Greer (T... more »HE 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! Unstoppably frightening and undeniably fun, it's the latest hit from the team that thrilled you with SCREAM!« less
"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."
Save Yourself, Save Your Friends.....Don't see this movie
Travis Starnes | Houston, Texas USA | 12/27/2005
(1 out of 5 stars)
"The synopsis does a good job of explaining what this movie is. Brother and sister get attacked by werewolf....hygenks ensue.
The Good: Well, I always try to find the good in every movie, but this one I am at a loss. The only good thing I could think of was at least it wasn't longer. Ohh, Scott Beyo plays himself for a couple of cuckels.
The Bad: Ohh, what a list I could write. The story is mediocer and we have seen it before, the charecters are terrible, and the dialoge is worse. Early in the film you see a cool (ish) CG werewolf which is done well enough to be cool, but it is clear they ran out of money, because later we see a person is a werewolf costume that could have only been made by a blind 12-year old. It's that bad. Then (and I am sure every review has hit this low point), the person it the chewbacca-rip off suit gives the cops the finger. I think that was the point in the movie where I slipped into a coma. Also, the werewolf dog got to me, because I can't help but think "isn't a dog pretty close to a wolf already". Oh, and the acting is farily bad also, which is to bad because I like several of the actors.
Conclusion: I can't say this is the worst movie I have ever seen, but it comes in second...and I have seen alot of stinkers. Don't watch this movie...don't buy this movie....don't rent this movie...in fact, to be on the safe side, don't even talk about this movie. Your frieds will thank you for it, I swear.
Ohh, and if I could have given this a 0 stars....I would have."
Should a horror movie put you to sleep?
Madelyn Pryor | Mesa, AZ United States | 08/08/2005
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Perhaps it's the curse of the werewolf. Maybe that's why so many actors and actresses that are normally great deliver such poor performances in this over acted, under directed, piece of formula writing. Though I am a fan of `bad' b horror movies, even my love of them couldn't help me tolerate this film.
I thought about how to write this review without giving any spoilers, well, watch five minutes of the film, then think about the next formula, pat, unexciting thing that could happen, and boom, you're there, it just happened. There are no twists and turns in the plot, it's calm as a still pond and smooth as glass, so it had the general effect of luring you to sleep.
Even the special effects are nothing new or exciting. Matter as fact, they're pretty amature, looking like they were created in Maya by a couple of college students that are getting poor grades in art class.
If you're thinking about watching this, or worse yet, buying it. Don't. Howling is a werewolf movie classic and well worth your time. But if you invest yourself in Cursed, you'll just come out feeling cheated.
Not recommended. (this review pertains to the Un-rated DVD version) "