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The Bridge Curse

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Creepy imagery, violence in unoriginal horror tale.

Movie NR 2020 88 minutes
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This is an urban legend story that isn't all that legendary. The Bridge Curse, basically, is The Blair Witch Project with smartphones, with some herky-jerky demons from the The Grudge franchise thrown in. It's almost amusing to see the role Siri plays during a moment of impending doom for one of the characters, and the smartphone camera is an oft-used feature of the movie. Aside from this, it's a basic kill-by-numbers horror movie where teens go where they shouldn't and suffer the consequences. The characters are as stock as you can get: bookish kid with glasses; sensitive, good-looking boy; sweet girl now dating the sensitive, good-looking boy; mean girl who used to date the sensitive guy before she was dumped; etc. There's also the "intrepid investigative reporter" to make the story even more trite.

Indeed, plot points and settings get to be a little bit too convenient. Of course, the reporter must be at the bridge when it's time for the ghost to appear, and of course the ghost appears only on a leap year at midnight, because a typical Tuesday at 3 p.m. doesn't fit the busy schedule of your average apparition. Of course, the students end up in an abandoned dorm building with gray walls and spotty fluorescent lighting. Furthermore, there's an overreliance on jump scares that grows increasingly tiresome -- to the point where, instead of being scared when the actual pandemonium begins, it's a relief that it's nothing remotely suspenseful.

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