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Cursed

Cursed

Wes Craven (2005)

95min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
With this messy tale of teen horror, director Wes Craven tries to reinvigorate the werewolf movie in the same way that his Scream series breathed life into the jaded slasher genre. The film stars Christina Ricci and Jesse Eisenberg (years before his Oscar-nominated turn in The Social Network) as LA siblings who are infected by a lycanthrope after a road accident. The events that follow, as the two slowly begin to transform, aren't so much scary as darkly amusing, with scriptwriter Kevin Williamson's adolescent witticisms and whinges to the fore. The first third of the movie is like TV's The OC with added gore and light tension, giving the film an enjoyably breezy appeal that masks its surprisingly clumsy direction and ridiculous storyline. It's only when the werewolf effects go from a teasing flash of fur to full-frontal monsters that the feature disintegrates entirely. The CGI effects are so appalling that they overshadow everything else, spoiling the creepy fun and turning a guilty pleasure into groan-worthy rubbish.

Summary

A brother and sister are mauled by a wild animal after they crash their car one moonlit night in Los Angeles. After the accident the siblings develop marked physical strength and animal-like instincts and realise they were attacked by a werewolf - which they now must find and destroy before the next full moon to avoid turning into monsters themselves. Wes Craven's teen horror, with Christina Ricci, Jesse Eisenberg, Shannon Elizabeth and Portia de Rossi.

Cast & Crew

Ellie Christina Ricci
Jake Joshua Jackson
Jimmy Jesse Eisenberg
Joannie Judy Greer
Scott Baio Scott Baio
Bo Milo Ventimiglia
Brooke Kristina Anapau
Zela Portia de Rossi
Becky Shannon Elizabeth
Jenny Mya
Director Wes Craven
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Buena Vista Guidance: Contains violence, swearing and brief nudity. Available on: Available on DVD Released on: 22 Apr 2005

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