The cast is decent, especially Christina Ricci and Judy Greer, (she was actually pretty funny when she got going). I think this was meant to be funny more than scary, though quite honestly, it falls flat in both directions.
- I know it must feel like that sometimes...
No, I'm cursed by the Mark of the Beast!"
"Cursed" is a fine example of a horror movie that doesn't take itself seriously. In fact the word "horror" is not suitable for this movie. The target audience has probably been people in their mid teens cause there is NOTHING scary or horrific about "Cursed".
If you do a movie about werewolves, try to at least do the scenes where they chacge from human to beast in a proper way. In "Cursed", the filmmakers have used cheap looking CGI. The werevolves don't look real, if that's the right word.
Jesse Eisenberg, who plays Jimmy, does one of the worst performances I've ever seen on the big screen. Every second of his "acting" was a torture. Christina Ricci? What made her sign the contract for this film? Probably a big paycheck...
The only thing that saves "Cursed" from getting the lowest score is the first scene that introduces the werewolf. Besides that, the film is complete rubbish.
When I first saw the film, I considered it pretty bad, but I think that may have just been another case of high expectations and unfairly comparing it to previous films. Having just watched it again, I'd say its a pretty decent horror flick - better than a lot of the crap that comes out these days. It's got some scares, some twists, and plenty of humor. But it's not without its problems. Problem number one: Christina Ricci in the lead. Fine, cast her in some of those quirky independent films. Just keep her out of mainstream popcorn flicks - or at least out of leading roles. She's not a very good actress and she's just kinda goofy looking.
But the biggest problem with this film was studio interference. With most of the film completed, the studio demanded drastic changes and reshoots, removing whole characters and storylines, recasting roles, and altering the very plot. We'll probably never get to see the original footage, so it's difficult to say how it could have been. (Don't mistake the "unrated" version for this - it's simply the same "new" version of the film, with tiny reinstated snippets of gore or language that had been cut for a PG-13 rating.)