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Cursed (2005)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Horror | 25 February 2005 (USA)
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A werewolf loose in Los Angeles changes the lives of three young adults who, after being mauled by the beast, learn they must kill it in order to avoid becoming werewolves themselves.

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Wes Craven
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Portia de Rossi ... Zela
Mya ... Jenny
Shannon Elizabeth ... Becky
Kristina Anapau ... Brooke
Daniel Edward Mora ... Jose (as Daniel Mora)
Solar Solar ... Zipper
Jesse Eisenberg ... Jimmy
Milo Ventimiglia ... Bo
Jonny Acker Jonny Acker ... Earl
Eric Ladin ... Louie
Christina Ricci ... Ellie
Joshua Jackson ... Jake
Derek Mears ... Werewolf
Nick Offerman ... Officer
Ken Rudulph ... Newscaster
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Storyline

Ellie has been taking care of her younger brother Jimmy since their parents death. One night after picking him up from a party they are involved in a car accident on Mullholland Drive. While trying to rescue a woman from the other car a creature attacks and kills her, also injuring both Ellie and Jimmy. After some research Jimmy realizes the creature could only have been a werewolf. Written by kwedgwood@hotmail.com

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Comedy | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for horror violence/terror, some sexual references, nudity, language and a brief drug reference | See all certifications »

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Germany | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 February 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Wes Craven's Cursed See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$38,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,633,085, 27 February 2005

Gross USA:

$19,297,522
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| (unrated)

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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In the original version, the film opened with the benefit party by PETA on the hotel roof. Parts of the scene were kept from the original shooting but in the final cut, that scene is at about 50 minutes from the beginning. Mya replaced Mandy Moore in this scene. See more »

Goofs

When Ellie is in the bathroom she bleeds on the door when she is trying to keep her friend from opening it, however in the next few scenes her hands are clean from blood. See more »

Quotes

Jimmy Myers: No, I'm not gay, I'm cursed!
Bo: I know it must feel like that sometimes...
Jimmy Myers: No, I'm cursed by the Mark of the Beast!
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Alternate Versions

The original R rated version has been cut in order to receive a PG-13. See more »

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References Hercules: The Legendary Journeys (1995) See more »

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After All
Performed by Delerium Featuring Jaël Of Lunik
Written by Rhys Fulber, Jaël Malli (aka Jaël Krebs), Bill Leeb
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Wes Craven gets "Cursed"
25 February 2005 | by dibot1See all my reviews

I went into "Cursed" with high expectations, I'll admit. But how could I resist the re-teaming of the "Scream" team, director Wes Craven and screenwriter Kevin Williamson? I should have known after re-shoots and delay upon delay of the film's release (It should have come out last November), that this would not be another masterpiece in the works. Though I tried to keep my hopes up, the results of this recombination are mixed at best.

Christina Ricci ("Monster") and Jessie Eisenberg ("Roger Dodger") star as siblings who are attacked by a mysterious animal in the Hollywood hills while trying to pull a woman from a wrecked car. Both are wounded by this animal and as the days go by, they begin to change. Eisenberg is most convincing as the younger brother who researches the animal that attacked them. He believes they were infected by a werewolf. The rest of the film chronicles their changes and quest to find the beast who infected them.

Aside from Ricci and Eisenberg the cast mainly consists of a smorgasbord of television actors, mostly from the WB. And I'm not sure that I'd call what they were doing acting. It seemed they mostly showed up and had a good time. Which can work, as long as the audience is enjoying it, too. However, I found myself groaning at much of the dialogue and wincing during emotional moments.

The film is slow to take off but does pick up the pace in the middle before falling off again towards the end. The computer graphics already look dated, and the werewolf makeup is most definitely sub par. A word to filmmakers everywhere, if you can't make a werewolf transformation look convincing, then don't show it at all. There's a lot to be said for implication.

Though there are several scenes where something pops up in the frame to make you jump in your seat, nothing haunts you as you leave the theater. There's no fear of bad dreams here.

Overall, the geniuses behind one of the classic fright films of the 90s (and possibly of all time) did not bring their best work into this decade. I hate to say it, but Wes Craven seems to be suffering from his own curse - the loss of fright.

For a smarter, more imaginative take on the werewolf theme, check out "Ginger Snaps" or "Dog Soldiers."


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