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The Curse (1987)

R  |   |  Sci-Fi, Horror  |  11 September 1987 (USA)
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Nathan Crane is a religious man trying to hold onto his farm and keep his family in line. A real estate developer is trying to buy most of the farm property in the area, including Mr. ... See full summary »

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Nathan Crane is a religious man trying to hold onto his farm and keep his family in line. A real estate developer is trying to buy most of the farm property in the area, including Mr. Crane's family farm, in the hope that the Tennesse Valley Authority will choose the town for the site of a new dam and recreational area. The night of a terrible storm, an unidentified, glowing object crashes on the Crane farm and with it comes a horrible curse for the Crane family and the members of the community. Written by Anonymous

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Wil Wheaton once said that the only good thing about the movie was that his sister got a job on it. See more »

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When Zachary looks out of his bedroom window at the glowing meteorite, the cameraman is reflected in the window. See more »

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Nathan Hayes: [slaps Zachary in the face] We don't bring strangers into our private business unless I say so. Do you understand?
Zachary Hayes: I thought she needed help.
[Nathan slaps Zachary in the face again and then Cyrus trips him]
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On Daddy's Farm
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From the works of H.P. Lovecraft: The Curse!!!
5 November 2005 | by (Sacramento, CA) – See all my reviews

The Curse (1987) was a film that was loosely based upon the short story "The Colour from Outer Space". This seminal horror/science fiction prose was written by the master of horror H.P. Lovecraft. The problem with adapting his original material is that the film makers tinker with success. Whilst a few directors such as Stuart Gordon and Dan O'Bannon have been successful in translating his stories for the silver screen, most of them are pure nonsensical tripe that's best avoided (except for John Carpenter's trilogy of the apocalypse that captures the aura of Lovecraft perfectly).

The Curse had all the makings of being a decent film. But the director and writers just don't fully understand the works of H.P. Lovecraft. Dumbingt down the man's work for a pedestrian horror film just doesn't cut it. Whilst it get's an A for effort it get's an F minus in execution. Bad acting, sloppy direction and lousy dialog dooms this movie from the get go. Better luck next time.

Not recommended, unless you're a H.P. Lovecraft completist.


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