Decent Werewolf movies are hard to come by. There are a few classics like “The Wolf Man” and “An American Werewolf in London,” but those are the exception. Most modern werewolf movies (even the succesful ones) lack something.
Take 2005’s “Cursed” for instance. The movie was an epic failure, earning a little over $29 worldwide. the movie didn’t even earn back its budget.
Why did “Cursed” fail at the box office?
Well, dialogue like” I guess there’s no such thing as safe sex with a werewolf,” did not help. But the problems with “Cursed” went deeper than the script. Directed by horror master Wes Craven, and written by Kevin Williamson, “Cursed” faced an uphill battle before hitting theatres.
“Cursed” was originally filmed in 2003, only to go went back into production months later. The movie was extensively retooled and re-shot. Some major characters had to be completely cut out, including Skeet Ulrich, Mandy Moore, Omar Epps. This situation forced the filmmakers to create new character, and rework the script. The final cast featured Christina Ricci, Jesse Eisenberg, Joshua Jackson and Judy Greer.
If that wasn’t enough trouble, then Dimension Films chairman Bob Weinstein took Craven’s finished film and insisted the R rated film be turned into a kid-friendly PG-13 movie. Gone were the gore and violence that Wes Craven had shot. The “Cursed” that finally hit theatres in February 2005 was one of the most cringe-worthy movies I’ve ever seen.
In the movie, Ellie (Christina Ricci) and teenage brother Jimmy (Jesse Eisenberg) have barely come to terms with their parents’ untimely passing when they are involved in a car accident late one night on Hollywood’s Mulholland Drive. As the two attempt to rescue the driver of the other car (Shannon Elizabeth), the siblings watch as she is violently attacked and killed by a hairy creature.
They are also scratched by the animal, but walk away mostly unscathed. And they seem to get over Shannon Elizabeth gruesome death rather quickly. I don’t know about you, but if I saw someone get ripped to pieces by a creature, I’d be pretty shaken up.
Anyways, soon after Ellie and Jimmy realize something ain’t quite right First Jimmy wakes up naked outside the house, but to be fair that could happen to anyone. Meanwhile Ellie’s senses become heightened and she begins to fight crime as Daredevil! Nah, I’m just kidding.
As the duo later learns, they are slowly transforming into werewolves, their only hope of reversing the curse is to kill the source of their infection. Shocking, ain’t it?
As the movie unfolds, the body count is rising across Los Angeles, each victim savagely ripped apart, possibly by the same werewolf Ellie and Jimmy met before. As the brother and sister track down their maker, could the truth be that the werewolf is someone Ellie and Jimmy already know?
This movie is to put it in simple terms, a waste of time. There are no surprises here; there is nothing in “Cursed” we haven’t seen before. Instead of changing the game, “Cursed” falls into the same old trap of repeating the same formula of other films:
Main character is bitten.
The Character denies that he or she are a werewolf.
The character comes to terms with being a werewolf.
Character discovers he or she needs to kill werewolf that bit them.
And finally, the Character kills the wrong werewolf before killing the right werewolf.
With Wes Craven directing, and starring a young up and coming cast, “Cursed” could have been a big hit like “Scream.” And if Bob Weinstein had left the movie alone, who knows what could have happened. However, I will say “Cursed” has one of the most bizarre scenes ever to feature a werewolf: