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CURSED (2005)

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Directed by: Wes Craven

Written by: Kevin Williamson

Tagline: "Can't fight the moonlight".

Rated PG13 for violence/terror, some sexual references, nudity, language, and a brief drug reference.

It all begins when two curios girls seek the inquiry of a palm reader. But her prophesy is anything other than positive and she mysteriously warns the girls of the moon claiming it "feeds on the moonlight". But what exactly does that mean for the two girls now haunted by scary dreams that seem all too real?

 

 

Summary

The movie begins with a short but eerily foreshadowing scene of two girls and their trip to a palm reader. While there the girls receive a deadly prophesy claiming ill fated futures for the two to cautiously avoid.

Flash to an image of city lights forming a pentagram. Flash again to the scene where, after some canine beast hits their car, Jim and Ellie's car is careened into the way of another car. The crash sends both cars flying off the cliff at which instant a werewolf grabs a girl from the other car with the on-looking victims trying to save her. To no avail, the girl is lost to the wolf and his fiends. Meanwhile Ellie and Jim have survived both the crash and the attack. But they don't walk away unscathed; Jim has a scratch on his chest and Ellie has been bit in the arm. But is it anything to worry about?

The movie continues by following Ellie's dreams, which have become infested with visions of werewolves, death, and her boyfriend Jake. Meanwhile Jim wakes up to find himself naked and outdoors. Oddly Jim doesn't seem all too concerned with his precarious situation and scampers off to find meat for breakfast.

As more and more unconventionally eerie things begin to happen to Ellie she begins to wonder if the night of the accident has anything to do with the sudden string of events. Why, for instance, is she drawn to the smell of blood from a girl's nosebleed at work? And, why, is she suddenly drawn to the moon in the midst of an interview with Scott Bayo?

The mystery slowly begins to unravel through a series of flashes and parallel movement in the film. Several characters' stories are being told in tandem that weaves together the missing pieces to the puzzle. Could the present mystery however, have anything to do with the deaths of the two girls, Becky and Jenny?

One by one clues reveal themselves to be linked to the mystery; clues that are not all together human. A pair of footprints in a garage turn out to be animal prints. Then. more mystery, and, consequently more flashbacks. The next in the series reveals the fate of the girl who went to get her palm read. On the night of her prophesy she spies a werewolf from which she flees in the direction of an elevator. But when the elevator reopens the menacing presence attacks!

Flash back to Jim, now at home studying. Seems Jim has checked out some books dealing with myths and documentation of werewolves and other mythical beasts. Believing this to be the cause of the strange events, particularly his, he discovers that he has to sever the line between man and beast to lift the curse that has come over him. But what does that mean, and who else is linked to this werewolf leader?

As tension mounts in the typical Wes Craven fashion, one event precludes the next. Gore and death will ensue in a mystery-like fashion that will prompt a trio of characters to understand their new lives and its connection to the others. As the trio fight to break the curse it is only a matter of time before people will die one by one until someone or something can kill the head werewolf and end the curse.

Needless to say this film takes on the challenge of altering time and character perspectives, flashing from one place to the next. Moreover, the plot is dealing with several character progressions that are somehow all interlinked. Though the initial structure of the plot seemed credible enough, there is nothing explicitly different or amazing about this film to make it second to none. Ultimately it will blend in with the rest of scary movies of its time. It does however provide the visual stimulation of action and suspense via the aid of modern-day technology and special effects. However the latter leaves more to want, period. By no means does "Cursed" captivate an audience.

"Cursed" is a movie made for entertainment and nothing more. Another ghost story told to scare and distract one's minds from reality, even if only for a few hours. In "Cursed" one can lose themselves and choose to either love it or hate it.

Main Characters

Jimmy, played by Jesse Eisenberg, the nerdy kid with the dog.

Brooke, played by Kristina Anapau, the girl dating Bob.

Ellie, played by Christina Ricci, the surviving victim of a car crash and its mysterious events thereafter.

Jake, played by Joshua Jackson, boyfriend of Ellie and businessman attempting to open the horror club.

 

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