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A Honey Switch Month Review by Monster Honey Chassity

Cursed (2005)

Well, it looks like I’m two for three this Honey Switch January. 

After last week’s awful viewing (still recovering from that one), I could not be happier to report that Cursed redeemed monster movies for me. 

I’d been meaning to get around to this one for years. And, being honest, I had no idea until I actually watched it this week that it was a Wes Craven/Kevin Williamson film. I just remember it always being on TV in that year when I first came home from college, and my mother absolutely loved it. She’d watch it in the morning while she was getting ready for work and I was getting ready to go job hunting. To me it was just background noise. I never paid any attention to it. 

If I had known it was a Craven/Williamson flick, I definitely would have gotten around to it a lot sooner. I certainly wish I had, because I absolutely loved it. And, this is from someone who absolutely hates werewolf movies (but I suppose that goes without saying.)

So, here’s the skinny for anyone who’s been out of the loop like me: Brother and sister Ellie and Jimmy (Ellie the older sister taking care of/raising her younger brother) get into a car accident one night, running another car off the road. As they try to rescue the other driver, she and they are dragged out of the vehicle by a vicious creature who kills the other driver and attacks Jimmy and Ellie as well. Ellie refuses to believe at first that it was a werewolf, but as more and more weird stuff happens, she kind of has no choice. Especially when she finds out that people very close to her are responsible for what happened to her. 

Which brings me to one of the subtle things I like about Cursed. Even though it doesn’t start out this way, after a certain point, there is an element of whodunit that adds a level of intrigue to an already enjoyable movie. You get the sense that the car accident that night wasn’t something random that led to another random chain of events, but was in fact intentional, at least to an extent, and that the events that afterward were exactly what were supposed to happen. For a while, it’s hard to be sure who to trust anymore; the more and more certain characters talk, the less trustworthy they seem. 

And let’s just talk about the cast. Scott Baio, Christina Ricci, Shannon Elizabeth, Judy Greer (who is usually the romcom bff archetype queen), Jesse Eisenberg, Joshua Jackson to start. Add Mya, who I have always adored, and Milo Ventimiglia as the bully with a secret, and this is practically a Dream Team cast for a woman of my age. 

This is a very dark film, and by that I mean aesthetically. I love the way the visuals guide you towards how to feel and are designed to almost make the viewer feel a part of its world. I’ve never felt that drawn in by the look of a film except in adaptations of Jane Austen novels. Much of Cursed feels like it’s set in a fantasy world in that way. Even though much of it is set in an office, a home, and a high school. It still all appears very fantastical. Probably because in reality, people don’t exist in that much constant darkness. 

Seeing Judy Greer as something other than a romantic lead’s best friend was also a nice treat. The girl’s got a bit of untapped talent. And let’s not even get started on my love for the beautiful Christina Ricci. She’s always been one of my girl crushes.

And then there’s Joshua Jackson. I don’t want to give away too much, so I’ll just say that it’s the kind of character I’ve always wanted to see him to play. If you loved him throughout the 90s like I did, this is definitely a movie for you. 

All in all, this is more than just a werewolf movie. In a way, it’s an adventure, it’s a teen movie, and it’s a sad journey of two young people not knowing who to trust and trusting the wrong people after the (assumed) death of their parents. One sibling has a scumbag for a boyfriend, and the other is bullied by a boy who teases him and acts homophobic toward him for his own selfish reasons. And you feel for them, because they’re both obviously screwed up and have not been close at a time when they should have been becoming even closer in tragedy. As an older sister who has always felt somewhat personally responsible for my little brother, I was most intrigued by the dynamic between them, and how even though they argued and didn’t really have much in common, they fought tooth and nail for each other. 

Monster Honey Rating: 4 full moons out of 5 

Cursed is available via Netflix Streaming, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, YouTube VOD, Vudu, Google Play& blu-ray/DVD

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