Sunday, September 02, 2012

Honourable Mention: Cursed

I know, it’s from the sublime to the ridiculous – after all this is a werewolf film purely and simple… of course it is a 2005 Wes Craven directed film (who also directed Vampire in Brooklyn and appeared in Shadow Zone: The Undead Express) and – to be honest – I felt it nodded quite openly to the Lost Boys in its funfair/boardwalk opening.

However the main film itself is all werewolf with brother and sister Jimmy (Jesse Eisenberg) and Ellie (Christina Ricci) in a car crash caused by a werewolf that then leads to them both being injured by said wolf – thus the curse is passed on (the mark of the beast appearing on each of the siblings’ hands as 5 points that could “join the dots” into a pentagram). This leaves the kids with the need to find the wolf and kill it (separate head from heart, silver only damages, blowing brains out will work) to remove the curse.

Orlock lurking - in model form
So – vampires? Well it just so happens that Ellie’s boyfriend Jake (Joshua Jackson) is setting up a Hollywood horror-themed nightclub (Or restaurant, I was never quite sure what it was… Planet Hollywood is mentioned as a rival, they had waxwork tableaus, a DJ and a hall of mirrors…) and so we get workmen passing by with a coffin that is directly referenced as Dracula’s Coffin. A scene is also shot in front of a tableau that features Count Orlock (not directly referenced in dialogue) from Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens. Okay, it’s pretty tenuous for the blog but it is a very fleeting visitation.

The imdb page is here.
Christina Ricci as Ellie

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