The Cursed review by Bobby Blakey
If a horror film has any focus on the world of werewolves I am all in. Sadly more often than not they fail to deliver, but I am always willing to give them a chance. The latest, The Cursed from The Broken director Sean Ellis and stars Boyd Holbrook, Kelly Reilly, and Alistair Petrie. Could this be one of those worth facing the curse or will it fail to make the full transformation to greatness?
The Cursed follows a once-peaceful remote country village is under attack—but by who or what, no one knows. Villagers spread rumors of a cursed land, supernatural forces, and even demonic creatures, as the disappearances and killings continue. Pathologist John McBride arrives to investigate the danger, only to discover something much deeper and more sinister than he ever could have imagined.
I knew nothing about this film other than the possibility of a connection to werewolf lore so was ready for some fun. It has a decent set up with a great wide shot of an assault on a village that is the catalyst to the rest of the story. This gave me initial high hopes for the film along with the dirty, grey toned visuals and period look of it all, really set a tone that had great potential. While I did end up enjoying it overall, I will have to say that it limps along for a lot of the run time waiting for something to happen.
A lot of it felt like it was just trying to set things up without really going anywhere initially. It also attempts to create a deeper story of a characters past, but it is so spaced out you almost forget all about it until the very end. A lot of its issues stem from this pacing and might be hard for some to stick with it before things start actually happen. When things do finally kick off it actually delivers some great violent moments. The gore and violence effects are well done and I always love a man in suit creature and it does not disappoint. There is some klunky CGI here and there, but in regards to the
effects and creatures it is really well done and pulls no punches.
This flick works to create an interesting direction of a horror creature feature period piece, but does struggle a bit with pacing. I enjoyed it for what it is, but some might find it a bit slow. IF you love werewolves or creature features as much as me then decide for yourself and give it a try and check out The Cursed in theaters now from LD Entertainment.