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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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It takes your body. And your mind. Then it takes you straight to hell... See more »


Sci-Fi | Horror


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Release Date:

11 September 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Well  »

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$1,930,001 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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Directorial debut for David Keith. See more »


When Zachary looks out of his bedroom window at the glowing meteorite, the cameraman is reflected in the window. 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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Referenced in Adjust Your Tracking (2013) 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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Atmosphere, atmosphere, atmosphere!!

There certainly are elements in this film that could have been left out, and the film would have been better off for it; why the cheap monster/demon makeup?(The increasing blisters are great though..) Why having that obnoxious fatso-brother appear in the film at all? And let's face it, the special effects in places were not exactly state of the art either, neither were the editing. So why give it an 8 then? Well my rating couldn't have been any lower, and this is based solely on the fact that the film positively reeks of unique and creepy atmosphere, atmosphere so dark that I put it up there with the Kane-scenes in "Poltergeist 2", and the atmosphere in "Exorcist 3". There truly are some psychotic and memorable scenes. Two that stands out are when the mother of the family tries to " connect the dots" on Cyrus's back, the other is when she sits quietly in the living-room sowing, and then starts to jam the needle and thread into her hands! Excellent! Not to mention the infested fruit and vegetables! All in all,there is in this film a disturbed and unsettling tension that you seldom get to witness in other horror flicks of the same decade, and certainly not in contemporary and crappy Hollywood blockbusters, that's for sure. If you are just curious, rent! If you are a true horror-fan, buy!

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