The following reviews were extracted from a database and formatted for this book. Tales of Terror (www.terror.ca) is a “gamified” tool designed for horror fans, students, authors and filmmakers. “Gamification” is the transformation and adaptation of tangible concepts into empirical games. This book covers franchise and public domain horror movies only. This rule ensures that each movie can be logically related and compared to another or grouped by similarity. Movies can therefore be classified, and sorted according to inherent properties.
A wolf in sheep's clothing
Here’s a respectable cast of grade A actors, namely Shannon Elizabeth, Jesse Eisenberg, Christina Ricci and Joshua Jackson. This is a dream team considering what kind of film this is. It’s not just a werewolf flick. It was created by the makers of Scream; screenwriter Kevin Williamson and director Wes Craven, a little passed the peak of their careers. The Scream influences are everywhere.
The soap opera essence will work for some and drive others crazy. The dialogue is what you can expect from Williamson. Cursed is structured like a whodunit slasher where it’s cool to be a werewolf and, to a certain extent, to be bitten by one. The film contains a bunch of well-deserved jump scares. The werewolves are mostly computer generated but they look convincing enough.
The biggest problem with Cursed is that it is an increasingly complicated film. The third act will likely make you grind your teeth. The intrigue is so convoluted, in fact, that the conclusion is a gaping hole. The last scenes are a total mess. This film would’ve needed a script doctor. What were they thinking? I would’ve expected better from such masters of horror…