Wes Craven gets "Cursed"
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
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.".
Cassie248 watch The Big Empty movie
love how the brother and sister don't give up.
I always wonder that how many times a director does watch his film
before he releases it for the screen.
So many, I guess.
And the second question is coming: how can a director who had proved
his talent several times before by changing the chemistry of
teen-slasher movies, can make such a bad and funny(!) movie?
Didn't he watch it for once?
It was a horror film, am I wrong? So why did I laughed during the last
hour of the movie?
Shame on Wes Craven because of this disappointment..