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Awesome: 4.82%
Worth A Look: 8.43%
Average: 18.07%
Pretty Bad: 21.69%
Total Crap46.99%

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by Doug Bentin

"It's the worst horror film of 2005."
1 stars

As long as a single print of “Vampire in Brooklyn” exists, no other picture can be called Wes Craven’s worst film.

Which doesn’t prevent his new one, “Cursed,” from settling pretty close to the bottom.

Written by Kevin Williamson, who wrote “Scream” for Craven a few years ago, “Cursed” really wants to strike gold again by casting a post-modern eye at the traditional werewolf movie.

Ellie (Christina Ricci) and her high school-aged dorky brother stop to help a victim of a car wreck along a wooded stretch of road late one night. The victim, like Drew Barrymore in “Scream,” is a recognizable B-list teen flick actress who will be dispatched immediately. It worked then. It’s just self-plagiarism now.

So Ellie and Kyle are bitten and soon the sign of the pentagram appears in the palms of their hands. Both gain added strength and both become sexually more attractive. And the downside of all this is . . . ?

Well, yeah, the family dog becomes afraid of them, they become more aggressive and Ellie has a bad hair moment in the ladies’ room. Her regular fella Jake (Joshua Jackson) doesn’t know what to make of her more-then-usually canine mood swings and her snotty co-worker Joanie (Judy Greer in yet another snotty co-worker role) seems to irritate her more than ever.

Oh, and I forgot to mention the gypsy fortune teller. No kidding. A gypsy fortune teller.

The humor during the first part of the picture is well-placed and not too broad, taking second place to the atmospherics, sudden loud noises and shock cuts. But in act two, the movie goes into camp overload. Also, from a supernatural thriller, the film becomes a whodunit as the werewolves-in-training have to figure out who the real werewolf is. See, if they can destroy the originator of their curse, they will be free of it.

The setting of act two is Tinsel, a Planet Hollywoodish club decorated with memorabilia from horror films of the past. You can see this either as a touch of homage or as an attempt to let other movies set the scene for you. This is the first time I’ve seen Craven merely as a cynical manipulator of teen expectation rather than as a trend setter in his genre. Maybe his failure to move out of the horror movie ghetto has ruined his creativity.

Or maybe he just doesn’t care anymore.

Anyway, act three reveals the identity, after a few false discoveries, of the real villain and the movie settles on becoming a series of boring fight scenes between CGI monsters.

Add a couple of unnecessary pop culture references through scenes with Scott Baio and Craig Kilborn playing versions of themselves and you get a movie that adds up to, well, not much.

In a year that gave us "Alone in the Dark," it takes a special movie to be named The Worst Horror Film of 2005. I shudder to think about what will be emerging from Dimension Films now that Disney is in total control.

You want good modern werewolf movies? That’s what DVDs of “The Howling” and “An American Werewolf in London” are for.

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User Comments

9/13/17 morris campbell ok 3 stars
8/14/11 mr.mike OK 3 stars
6/18/11 art A NEAT horror FILM! 4 stars
1/30/10 Dane Youssef Williamson and Craven reunite again. But you wish they hadn't bothered. Campy. Never scary. 1 stars
12/29/06 William Goss Frankly, I expected worse. Moments of humor and gore almost make this watchable. 2 stars
12/05/06 Stanley Thai You may be thinking a really bad PG-13 horror're wrong. It's a fun movie! 4 stars
7/09/06 Jim Wow, I didn't think it was as bad as all that ... but it was late and I was sleepy. 4 stars
2/05/06 Shawn Gadberry Such a waste of time and talent... What happened, guys? 3 stars
1/18/06 Nicholas Sheldon Poor Kevin Williamson. What happened buddy? You should have never done WASTELAND. 1 stars
12/24/05 Michele cute 3 stars
12/22/05 MrsVoorheesBabyBoy Horror movie? I thought is was a Comedy? 2 stars
12/22/05 Ethan Wouldn't Scare My 2 Year Old Cousin! 1 stars
11/25/05 shaun wallner this movie was more funny then scary 3 stars
8/23/05 S Davis We all know Craven and Williamson could have done MUCH BETTER! It's like they didn't care. 1 stars
8/21/05 Michael Armocida Movie sucked 1 stars
8/17/05 ES Watched Cujo= loved it. watched the Cursed= hated it. Why do you think that was? 1 stars
7/07/05 Cedric More humor than horror 3 stars
6/24/05 FunkyMunky Since when do werewolves flip people off??? 2 stars
4/26/05 E-FUNK It's moving images of fecal matter. This movie was so fucking bad that I can't get over it. 1 stars
4/19/05 The Lurchprong Splitter More coherent than average horror. To bad Shannon Elizabeth reduced to bit part. 4 stars
3/26/05 Greg Ursic The title pretty much says it all... 1 stars
3/13/05 maxomai Campy, didn't make me think at all. Perfect. 5 stars
3/09/05 pepperann224 wes craven has lost his touch. 2 stars
3/06/05 Roy Smith Ms Greer is loveliness personified. The movie blah. 3 stars
3/05/05 ss A great 5 stars
3/03/05 jeff the movie was ruined when the wolfman actually showed a finger!!! 3 stars
3/03/05 michael weber cough.... horan what is wrong man u know becuase you r the man horan so come over and play 5 stars
3/02/05 baby_girl it was okay but I could've done something else with my time 2 stars
3/01/05 Tyrantis Crappy, but really enjoyable. Like a Godzilla movie. 3 stars
3/01/05 Burg Spackleman Joshua Jackson is awesome, Judy Greer's hot, Ricci is cool. Poorly written but campy fun 4 stars
3/01/05 Me A great film 5 stars
3/01/05 Ian Went for Christina Ricci in action,that alone was worth the admission- two times over 4 stars
2/28/05 Usul MARK is mistaking "kicks" for "licks" 1 stars
2/28/05 MARK 'Cursed kicks bootie!" 4 stars
2/27/05 elsie absolutely atrocious! 1 stars
2/27/05 Pete Holy Moly 1 stars
2/27/05 Chris Why Is Wes Craven Doing This To His Name? He Used To Make Scary Movies? Not Stuff Like This 1 stars
2/26/05 Theresa Wagner Waste of money 2 stars
2/26/05 Naka Don't tell me you expected scares and entertainment from a WES CRAVEN movie. 1 stars
2/26/05 mott the drupal scott baio vs. rob schneider = winning combo 1 stars
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  25-Feb-2005 (PG-13)
  DVD: 26-Apr-2011



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