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Too dumb to be scary, too listlessly written and directed to be suspenseful and too unpleasant to work as camp ...
It's especially unforgivable when the alleged Indian curse is only a red herring to distract viewers from the more pressing gender-based violence at hand.
A messy hash of teen soap opera, stalker thriller and whatnot whose titular possibly-supernatural aspect is basically irrelevant.
The characters' actions remain incomprehensible, even as they're explicitly laid out.
The Curse Of Downers Grove is just another lackluster high-school-based thriller like the twenty billion that have come before it.
The film sets up this curse hanging over the heads of its central characters, but doesn't plumb it for lingering tension, at least as far as it relates to the actual story.
The Curse of Downer's Grove felt more like an extended episode of Pretty Little Liars rather than a horror film.
The story moves right along, and the characters are fun.
And as for that curse? It's on anyone who tries to endure this mess.
Leave it to Bret Easton Ellis to conjure up the worst movie of the summer.
The Curse of Downers Grove has more on its mind than the teenage body-count movie it resembles in all except the steadily escalating body count.
An amateur-hour hodgepodge of painfully extraneous voiceover narration and hacky, underdeveloped plot points that add up in the end to one big poof of dust.
Starts off interestingly enough, but quickly gets really confusing. The Native American lore is mentioned several times, but never really comes into play until the end, and at that point the audience has no idea what the hell is going on. It's almost like they deliberately set this up for a sequel that's never going to come. Side note: the main character in this film, Chrissie, is a total badass. It was really entertaining to watch a protagonist in a horror film who actually knows what she's doing.
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