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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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David Keith

Writer:

David Chaskin (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Wil Wheaton ... Zack (as Will Wheaton)
Claude Akins ... Nathan
Malcolm Danare ... Cyrus
Cooper Huckabee ... Forbes
John Schneider ... Willis
Amy Wheaton ... Alice
Steve Carlisle ... Davidson
Kathleen Jordon Gregory ... Frances
Hope North Hope North ... Esther
Steve Davis Steve Davis ... Mike
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Storyline

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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No one believed him. Now, no one's left to save him. See more »

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Italy

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 September 1988 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

The Well See more »

Filming Locations:

Atlanta, Georgia, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$1,930,001
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Wil Wheaton and Amy Wheaton are real-life brother and sister. See more »

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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 »

Quotes

Frances Hayes: Everything's gonna be ok Frances... Daddys gonna protect you... sure thing... Hail Mary full of grace, how's your garden grow?
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On Daddy's Farm
By Deborah H. Barkat
Courtesy of Barkst - Mac Kechnie
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"It's in the water!"
15 January 2011 | by lost-in-limboSee all my reviews

A decent, but unspectacular late 80s cheesy low-budget b-grade horror feature starring Wil Wheaton (not too long after the hit movie "Stand by Me"). The peculiar plot is a very loose adaptation of a H.P. Lovecraft short story, and from that the film's pacing can plod about (quite talkie and then there was the family dramas) and throw around some ridiculous and elaborate occurrences. It's the performances that drives this one home and some icky, if tatty make-up FX work latter on (not including some very low-end special effects), but other than that there's not all that much to it. The idea isn't bad, but the execution (outside some well-shot scenes) is sloppy (like the use of slow motion towards the end). A respectable Wheaton makes for an agreeably sympathetic performance and a lively Claude Akins is the opposite as his aggressively headstrong, bible totting step-father. There's good support in the shape of Kathleen Jordon Gregory, Cooper Huckabee, Steve Carlisle and John Schneider. The setting of a remote farm does create a claustrophobic hold, where there's never a sense of feeling secure and surprisingly the night time sequences did draw upon some atmospheric spells. A fruity, small scale Horror/Sci-fi production, which can be a little dull.


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