starring Christina Ricci, Joshua Jackson, Jesse Eisenberg, Mya
screenplay by Kevin Williamson
directed by Wes Craven
by Walter Chaw Butchered beyond recognition by the almighty Weinsteins, director Wes Craven's promised 'hard R'-rated werewolf homage/satire Cursed is now a disjointed, disowned, completely sanitized PG-13 tweener shocker so chaste that it's not entirely unlike watching Heidi with more jump scares. Great, giant bits of gore have been excised from the film and what's left doesn't match, has no rhythm, and is almost completely reliant on An American Werewolf in Paris-bad CGI. It's been eviscerated like the werewolf's first victim used to have been, resigning it to the sweet embrace of snarky irony that it hoped itself to use on the werewolf genre. Cursed is a terrible waste of makeup-effects master Rick Baker's return to the game (he's the guy behind the groundbreaking work in An American Werewolf in London); a waste of the menstruation metaphor suggested by its title; and a waste of the reunion of the creative team behind the gory, smart, post-modern slasher flick Scream (Craven and writer Kevin Williamson).