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on 23 July 2005
What Cursed sets out to do is to be a fun, campy horror and it succeeds in doing so. From the Zela the psychic to pretty much everything, you know that this film isn't going to earn a place in the Hall of Werewolf Movies anytime soon. However, just because it's impossible to take it really seriously, doesn't mean you can't have some fun with it. The trick is to not walk into the cinema expecting an original, fresh and clever horror because that just isn't what Cursed is like (which may explain why so many people were massively let down by it); just don't take it too seriously and you could, like I did, find yourself enjoying it. Christina Ricci is fantastic as always as is jesse Einberg who provides the humour (and some corny/cringeworthy bits). Judy Greer is in superb bitchy form while it's a pleasure to see the gorgeous Joshua Jackson back on the big screen. The FX aren't too great but compared to Catwoman, it's Jurassic Park. The music's also particularly good as well and compliments the film well. Now onto the negatives (BEWARE SPOILERS AHEAD)...
Why is Shannon Elizabeth in this? Why? She's barely in it for five minutes but she manages to earn the sought-after 'with' title in the credits. Also, as one reviewer in particular said, there is a lot of chunks missing from the movie. You never see Shannon Elizabeth or Mya getting ripped to pieces by the werewolf (which highlights another problem: lack of gore). In Shannon Elizabeth's case, you just see her getting dragged away and that's that and in Mya's case, the scene fades to black when the werewolf finally gets her. Also, how on earth did Ellie (Ricci) get scratched by the werewolf when Jimmy is on Shannon Elizabeth who's being dragged by the werewolf? It just makes no sense. Finally, Portia de Rossi is spectacularly wasted in this movie. She's in the opening scene of the film and, for me, one of the more appealing characters but after that, it's just one more scene with her when she tells Ellie she's 'cursed' and that's it. I know Portia isn't one of the main players but more could have been done with her character because she is very intriguing (Zela that is).
Overall, it's by no means a masterpiece but it's not exactly Wes Craven's worst effort (I'm ignoring Music of the Heart completely). Despite a handful of negatives (and a cringeworthy appearance by Scott Baio), it's a horror that IS very corny at times but in a fun sort of way.