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The Curse (1987)

When a meteorite lands near his family farm during a storm in Tennessee, the son of a struggling farmer believes it's connected to strange plague-like events afflicting the crops, the farm animals and even the family themeselves.




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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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It took seed...now it needs to feed. (UK) See more »


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Release Date:

14 September 1988 (Spain)  »

Also Known As:

The Well  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$1,169,922, 13 September 1987, Limited Release

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2.35 : 1
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Contrary to the actual films credits, producer Ovidio G. Assonitis said in an interview that Lucio Fulci was not his partner on producing the film. He states that Fulci was only the director of the second unit. See more »


Near the film's climax, the family farm is enveloped in 'fog'. The house is revealed as a miniature when a crewman's arm and a bucket of dry ice pop out from the left side of the model. See more »


Frances Hayes: Where's Zachary?
Nathan Hayes: He'll be around.
Cyrus: He was stinking up the whole house.
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Version of La couleur de l'abîme (1983) See more »


High School Confidential
Written by Ron Hargrave and Jerry Lee Lewis
Performed by David Keith and Willie And The Poor Boys
Penron Music (BMI)
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"Hail Mary full of grace, how's your garden grow?"
6 March 2002 | by See all my reviews

The Curse is a grotesque vision of H. P. Lovecraft's "Colour out of Space." Most Lovecraft adaptions suck (save the Gordon-Yuzna-Combs collaborations), but I happened to like this one. And it looks like I'm in the minority on that. Why do people hate this movie so much? Yes, it has flaws. David Keith's direction isn't great. He's an extremely likable actor and he should stick to what he's good at. I feel like the prologue part should have been saved for the epilogue. It would have been a fitting end, it was not a place to start. Some of the acting is also hammy, mostly the supporting cast. As actors go, Wil Wheaton does a fine job, as does his sister. And they're the only characters you are supposed to care about. The mother character freaks me out as she changes during the film. Horror Director Lucio Fulci produced, and maybe influenced, this one. There are scenes of gore present that rival Fulci's own. Not of the "flesh-ripping" variety, but of the "lets see what disgusting things we can do to food" type of gore. The Curse is not a film to eat during. I suggest that you ignore most of the comments, see the movie, and make your own decision as to whether it's good or bad.

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