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A werewolf loose in Los Angeles changes the lives of three young adults, who, after being mauled by the beast, learn they must kill their attacker if they hope to change their fate to avoid becoming werewolves too.

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Ellie has been taking care of her younger brother Jimmy since their parents death. One night after picking him up from a party they are involved in a car accident on Mullholland Drive. While trying to rescue a woman from the other car a creature attacks and kills her, also injuring both Ellie and Jimmy. After some research Jimmy realizes the creature could only have been a werewolf. Written by kwedgwood@hotmail.com

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Rated PG-13 for horror violence/terror, some sexual references, nudity, language and a brief drug reference | See all certifications »

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25 February 2005 (USA)  »

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$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$116,070 (South Africa) (5 August 2005)

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$116,070 (South Africa) (5 August 2005)
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(at around 6 mins) The cane on display in the beginning of the movie is the same one used in Storm of the Century (1999) by Stephen King. See more »

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(at around 20 mins) Ellie can clearly be seen stepping up onto something just before she and Jake kiss in her dream near the beginning of the film. Christina Ricci is 13 inches shorter than Joshua Jackson. See more »

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Jake: [walking Ellie through her transformation] It's okay, Ellie, it's okay. What doesn't kill you makes you stronger.
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Better than one might expect.
23 June 2005 | by (Hawaii, USA) – See all my reviews

'Cursed' has already earned a place in Hollywood history for it's infamous production problems. Massive re-shoots (rumored up to 75% of the movie), recasts, rewrites, over a year of delays, basically any and everything that could possibly go wrong. Pass this off as credit to Craven as a director and Williamson as a writer that they were still able to pull off something of a fun movie.

A pair of siblings are bitten by a werewolf following a car crash that leaves one woman dead. Amidst their sudden development of new powers they must contend with the traumas the curse brings. Discovering that the only way to lift the curse is to kill the cause of the infection, they must now find out whom the beast is.

On the evolutionary ladder of Craven's films, this is above 'Shocker', below 'Scream', right about on par with 'People Under the Strairs'. Meaning there is some good, gory fun to be had if one doesn't take it too seriously. Those in the market for some blood and laughs ought to have a fine time.

What hurts so much about this, and is the source of much of the films bashing, is that it could have been so much better. While the talents involved worked hard to salvage as much as they could it still feels like an overall missed opportunity. The scares are OK, but not great; the jokes are OK, but not great; the pacing is OK, but not great; noticing a pattern? Technically it's a mixed bag. Great, energetic camera work with some lively stunt work adds a lot of energy, but on/off pacing slows things down again. Characters and scenarios are OK, but dialogue lacks pizazz. And while there is some good gore being tossed around, the creature itself never looks all that believable (neither in CG or costume incarnations).

In the end this is not the ultimate failure fan-boys have tried to pass it off as; time will be kind to Craven's unfortunate child and horror fans should too.

7/10 (Note: review based on R-rated version of film)


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