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Cursed (2005)

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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 it in order to avoid becoming werewolves themselves.

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Wes Craven
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Portia de Rossi ... Zela
Mya ... Jenny
Shannon Elizabeth ... Becky
Kristina Anapau ... Brooke
Daniel Edward Mora ... Jose (as Daniel Mora)
Solar Solar ... Zipper
Jesse Eisenberg ... Jimmy
Milo Ventimiglia ... Bo
Jonny Acker Jonny Acker ... Earl
Eric Ladin ... Louie
Christina Ricci ... Ellie
Joshua Jackson ... Jake
Derek Mears ... Werewolf
Nick Offerman ... Officer
Ken Rudulph Ken Rudulph ... Newscaster
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Storyline

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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What doesn't kill you makes you stronger. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

Germany | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 February 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Wes Craven's Cursed See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$38,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,633,085, 27 February 2005, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$19,297,522
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| (unrated)

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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The nightmare sequence in which Ellie dreams that she kills Jake by biting piece of his neck off and causing for huge blood geyser to spurt out was not in original script and version of the film and was added during re-shoots due to the orders from Miramax and Bob Weinstein, because "It was Wes Craven film". See more »

Goofs

Jake smashes the driver's window in Ellie's car as he attempts to keep her from leaving to go find Jimmy. Later, in several scenes, the window is intact. See more »

Quotes

Joanie: Putting on weight, Kyle?
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Connections

References The Partridge Family (1970) See more »

Soundtracks

If You Don't Jump (You Are English)
Written by Gusgus and Purrkur Pillnikk
Performed by Gusgus
Courtesy of Pineapple Records, Reykjavik and Tsunami Entertainment
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Pretty Cool Little Werewolf Movie.
23 March 2005 | by BraveHawkSee all my reviews

Every once in a while, Wes Craven comes out with something new that I enjoy. Scream was the last noteworthy movie I can recall (and that I have seen) that was good. While Cursed was no Scream, it was a pretty good little werewolf movie, despite what Wes, himself, thinks of it. I think it would have been better if it was left uncut, but I still thought pretty highly of it, even if most do not agree.

Cursed is about a brother and sister named Ellie and Jimmy (Christina Ricci & Jesse Eisenberg) who get into a car accident and end up getting bit by something while helping the other motorist. Neither knows what it was, but Jimmy saw the creature directly and describes it as a wolf-like creature. Slowly, they begin to feel the changes one makes when turning into a werewolf and they have to solve the mystery of how to stop it.

I do have to say that Christina Ricci was absolutely stunning. I love the way she looks with her hair down. Also, Kristina Anapau as Brooke was also quite a knock-out.

The plot does take a few turns, some of them not so good but overall, not too bad. The good far outweighed the bad with me. The werewolf itself was awesome, with the exception of the one time you get to watch the transformation. It was OK but could have used a little flair or a bit of violence in the change- maybe something along the lines of Van Helsing's vampire change would have suited me better. Also, the little gay sub-plot thrown in for no apparent reason could have been left out. I realize this sounds weird to say about a horror film, but coming out of the closet in the way shown in this movie was completely unrealistic. Even more so than the fact they were running from werewolves.

I was also a bit disappointed with the ending but I was truly entertained throughout the film and can recommend it with an 8 out of 10.


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