Written by: Chad Langen
The list of 2005’s horror films seems endless, and somewhere in the reckless disaster is Cursed; the latest and most dreadful horror flick that reunites wise-cracking screenwriter Kevin Williamson and master of horror Wes Craven.
It’s been a long, painful process and it sickens me to say, after numerous re-shoots and countless rewrites, Cursed is merely one of the worst films to hit the big screen in years; which is too bad, seeming that the entire project had “talent” written on every corner of it.
This werewolf driven version of Scream takes place in the reluctant city of Los Angeles. Siblings Ellie and Jimmy find themselves in an appalling automobile accident when an unseen figure comes head-to-head with their vehicle. Without any hesitation, the two of them begin calling out classic horror lines such as “hello” and “is anybody there”? Moments later, Ellie’s friend, who was also involved in the accident, is torn to shreds by what appears to be a werewolf and is dragged into the midst of the night.
Fast forward a bit where Ellie and Jimmy have just arrived home. They have quickly put behind them the terrible events that have just occurred, and are now moving on with their already traumatized lives. They have recently lost both parents and are doing the best they can to support each other. Ellie produces interview segments on Kilborn’s “Late Late Show”, while Jimmy is frequently hassled as a homosexual by persecutors in his high school.
Thing’s continue to flow at a normal pace until Ellie and Jimmy begin to undergo some serious changes. With lightening fast reflexes, extraordinary jumping abilities, and an expanded appetite, the two of them quickly realize that what they thought was an automobile accident was actually an attack that may change their lives for the better...or for the worse.
Now for the criticisms. I’ll start with the editing. The editing was so choppy that I felt like I was watching a Bruce Lee film. It was an udder disaster and a complete mess. I’ve seen security films with better editing than this.
Next, the directing. Come on Wes, what the hell were you thinking? This is easily the worst horror film you’ve ever stamped your name upon. I’m absolutely ashamed. Not only does Wes have this pile of crap under his name, but now he’ll need a bulldozer to dig himself out of this endless hole he got himself into.
Last, but most definitely not the least is the screenplay. I’m sorry to do this to you Kevin, but you got yourself into this position. I am a huge fan of the Scream franchise and I was expecting a hell of a lot more from you than made for television dialogue. I mean, what happened to your witty humor and horror movie references? That’s what makes your scripts so good!
Having said this, Cursed does one of two things, it gets you to spend your hard earned money on easily one of the worst film’s in years and it makes you think twice before making that mistake again. Perhaps the name speaks for itself. This film is and forever will be “cursed.