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Directed by Sean Ellis
Written by Sean Ellis
Starring Boyd Holbrook, Kelly Reilly, Alistair Petrie
Classification 14A; 113 minutes
Opens in theatres Feb. 18
Though The Cursed is about within the French countryside of the late 1800s, the good-looking gothic horror movie opens on a battlefield of the ghastly First World Battle. A surgeon pulls a silver bullet from a unanesthetized soldier. “That’s not a German bullet,” he says, puzzled. Cue the howling on the moon – it is a werewolf movie, the viewers ought to know. However there is no such thing as a ow-woo available. That is no strange slash-and-snarl fandango.
The (considerably convoluted) story includes a landowner who orders the bloodbath of a band of Roma, thus triggering a well-earned curse. The slaughter scene is filmed from a distance – the viewer is voyeur and the inhumanity is heightened.
The curse begins with unhealthy desires and progresses to supernatural monsters and lacking youngsters. John McBride (a pathologist with a previous, performed severely by Boyd Holbrook) is summoned to analyze the hazard. The village-terrorizing beasts encountered are slimy, not furry, however killable with silver bullets nonetheless.
Initially titled Eight for Silver, the movie from British writer-director Sean Ellis is brooding, uneasy and fog-filled, with an apprehensive soundscape. Werewolf mythology mixes with biblical allusions and concepts on funds for the sins of elders.
The gore is nice however not gratuitous, with a reverse Alien conceit at work. There aren’t any typical scenes of lupine transformation, and scarecrows are eerily reconsidered. From prime to backside, the appearing is excessive class. Clap for filmmaker Ellis, whose wolfman-ish film has extra fashion and originality than most of its type.
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