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on 20 February 2014
This is a threadbare, lamentable movie that barely has enough
professional sheen to pass as a commercial feature. There's clearly an
idea behind it and some hard work and effort went into it, but not
enough to make any investors stump up the cash needed to make it come
to life. Camera work, editing, sound and special effects all look like
home movie work. The sound is particularly bad, it's very muffled and
distorted, and (as other reviewers have pointed out), the colour of the
movie has suffered badly on most available copies, and everything looks
a shade of muddy orange. Thank goodness for colour hue adjustment on
modern PCs, which at least helped me improve this on my viewing!

The plot sees a family move into a large new home. The daughter, a
young girl named Cathy, finds a creepy doll and becomes possessed by
the spirit of it's former owner. Under this influence she terrorises
and kills friends and family members in some rather odd supernatural
ways. Most of what happens in the running time is brain-testingly
boring, but a few scenes did actually stand out for me. The one
strength of the film is the young Randi Allen in the role of Cathy, who
has just the right kind of ominous stare to make her character actually
appear creepy, and she even has some acting skill. All the other acting
is dreadful. Cathy's mother Vivian is particularly intolerable, plus
she has the weirdest zombie eyes of any actress I've ever seen without
makeup.

A low budget can work if the film is saved by a good script or good
acting, but here we don't have the required acting talent, and putting
that together with a dreadful script and poorly planned scenes really
make the film fall apart from beginning to end. It's actually a chore
to watch. The only times I l did find I was enjoying looking at the
screen was when Randi Allen was cursing and screaming at people, and a
couple of times when the eyes on a spooky portrait in the attic went
all evil and glowing. This spooky portrait, plus the doll with it's
eyes sewn shut are the only two decent ideas in the film. Actually,
I'll be generous, although I moaned about the terrible ambient sound,
some of the creepiness of the film does come from the soundtrack, when
some effective slowed-down voices and laughter adds atmosphere in some
of the spooky scenes

The makers of Cathy's Curse have a lot to be grateful for in Randi
Allen for playing the title role of Cathy straight. If this pivotal
role had been bungled by a really bad child actress, then "Cathy's
Curse" would be a total laughing stock worthy of Doris Wishman
comparison. Actually, that might have propelled it into higher cult
status. As it stands, its just one more super-cheap attempt at serious
horror that fails to deliver.
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