Cursed by Wes Craven is yet another variation of the werewolf concept, this time aimed at young audience. So, there is an elder sister who takes care of her high-school teenage brother because they lost their parents. Both have some trivia going on in their lives, which ultimately entangles into a story where they got scratched by a werewolf, and almost go through the process of transformation, but in the end manage to get back to normal life by killing the primary wolfman.
Even from the brief description above it’s quite obvious that the film does not really shine with originality. Kevin Williamson (a guy who wrote 1st, 2nd and 4th Screams) proves quite definitively that he’s a good writer and knows how to construct a story, creat a character, or a develop a relationship, – but what lies before all those things is the choice of subject, and this is what I don’t really get. Why stupid werewolves? I mean, this theme became thrice-told decades before, and yet, here we are again, trying to milk a dead cow.
Not that I entirely reject the possibility of developing such ideas as vampires, or zombies, or whatever, but these days a writer has to come up with something really interesting with that kind of thing not to seem like a hack, – sort of like Jarmusch did with Only Lovers Left Alive, or Alan Ball – with True Blood. With werewolves a good approach would be to try and figure out how they are possible in the first place, how that all might work, but there are other ways to go, too. Yet, Craven & Williamson chose to sing a hackneyed song only adding a catchy tune to it.
That makes it a good one-time entertainment, but a poor movie. And that’s too bad. This duo is capable of so much more.
Released in: 2005
Directed by: Wes Craven
Written by: Kevin Williamson
Performed by: Christina Ricci, Jesse Eisenberg, Portia de Rossi, Mya, Shannon Elizabeth, Kristina Anapau, Daniel Edward Mora, Solar, Milo Ventimiglia, Jonny Acker, Eric Ladin, Joshua Jackson, Derek Mears, Nick Offerman, Ken Rudulph
Entertaining quality: 4 out of 5
Art quality: 3 out of 5
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