Monday, October 17, 2011

Night 17 of "The Attack of the 31 Nights of Halloween"

Welcome to night 17 of "Attack of the 31 Nights of Halloween". Tonight we have a review of the next movie on our Halloween Movie List. Make sure to stop by our GIANT Giveaway and enter to win a goodie bag full of frightfully good treats from 17 different shops! But first lets get to our featured item of the night from Laughing Vixen Lounge.

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Night 17 - Cursed

Tagline - What doesn't kill you makes you stronger.

              Have you ever felt like you're not human

Directed by Wes Craven (Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream) and released on February 25, 2005 by Dimension Films (rated PG-13 and released on video as unrated). Ellie (Christina Ricci) and Jimmy (Jesse Eisenberg) are attacked one night while trying to rescue a woman from a car accident. Strange feeling are starting to happen to them both since that night. Could that possibly have been a werewolf that attacked them? Hmmmmm... what do you think?

I expected a lot more from this the first time seeing it since it had Wes Craven's name on it. But on a second viewing, where there were no expectations of it, I actually found it fun to watch. It has hummor and lots of furry werewolves running around. While werewolves don't fair too well with the new computer graphics effects there are plenty of non computerized effects too curtisey of Rick Baker (An American Werewolf in London).

And it has Lex (Michael Rosenbaum) from Smallville in it with a pretty bad wig as he was still clean shaven for Smallville. Hehehe. A personal favorite of mine.

Some trivia about the movie...
1. Plagued by production problems and script issues, this film's release was delayed for over a year. Over half of the movie had to be re-shot with many cast members being replaced due to scheduling conflicts.
2. Mandy Moore was originally cast as Jenny and even filmed her scenes, but was replaced by Mya when the production was halted so the script could be rewritten.
3. When the production was stalled, many cast members were cut, including Illeana Douglas, Heather Langenkamp, Scott Foley, Omar Epps, Robert Forster, James Brolin and Corey Feldman. All of these actors even filmed their scenes which were cut when the movie was re-written and re-shot.
4. Skeet Ulrich originally had a role as the third lead, Christina Ricci's love interest, however when the film was re-scripted and preparing to re-shoot, he was unsatisfied with his characters changes and chose to drop out of the film. His character was then written out altogether.
5. Props of Freddy Krueger and the Elm Street house from Wes Craven's earlier film _Nightmare On Elm Street, A (1984)_ can be seen in the background at Tinseltown during the first scene.
6. The original plot line had three strangers brought together by a car accident in the Hollywood Hills and the subsequent attack of a werewolf. The three characters were named Ellie Hudson (Christina Ricci), Vince Winston (Skeet Ulrich) and Jimmy Myers (Jesse Eisenberg). When the script was re-written, the plot changed and focused on two estranged siblings who had to fight a curse after a werewolf attack. Skeet Ulrich's character was totally re-written and renamed Jake. Since Ellie and Jimmy became brother and sister, Ellie's surname was deleted and became Myers.
7. The cane on display in the beginning of the movie is the same one used in Storm of the Century by Stephen King.
8. In the beginning of the film, Jake shows Ellie a prop iron maiden. The prop is an exact replica of the iron maiden used in the 1960's The Addams Family TV show. Coincidentally, Christina Ricci was in The Addams Family.
9. After the first scene at Tinsel with Ellie (Christina Ricci) and Jake, there's a slow pan of the city. The lights clearly form a pentagram.


  1. i liked this movie more when i saw the humour in it. i thought that 'wes craven' just meant gory horror with little plot. i was pleasantly surprised.

  2. I kind of liked this one. The actually just showed it on commercial tv last weekend. I didn't watch, but I wonder how much was cut.

    Interesting how Christina Ricci's become a B horror movie star. I saw another one with Liam Neeson of all people and her. Don't recall the name. It was kind of slow.

  3. I have never even heard of this film...will have to check the library for it. I love Wes Craven!

  4. I thought this one was pretty good. I like Christina Ricci's acting. But for werewolves I LOVE Ginger Snaps and Ginger Snaps back:)

  5. I watched that movie, but don't remember that much about it. Hah!

    By the way, thanks so much for all the time and effort you put into all those great movie suggestions. :)

  6. Missed this one as well.

  7. This one, I've never seen...


  8. I'm a fan of Christina Ricci but i don't remember this movie. Reading the trivia makes me want to see it..and some of the parts they didn't use!

  9. Christina is one of teh best actresses of the genre. As always, she's the perl of the movie...

  10. I liked it and it was good to see Christina in another movie but its been done so many times.