Parents' Guide to

The Cursed

By Tom Cassidy, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Gory revenge horror has scares, child deaths, violence.

Movie NR 2022 113 minutes
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Blending folklore with gruesome gore, this American-French horror gets lots of things right. The Cursed isn't for the squeamish -- a man has his hands and feet hacked off and left on a cross as a scarecrow, drawing children to him in their dreams. And that's one of the milder moments of violence. Rather than being exploitative though it's all in the name of creepy fun. The movie's standout moments are visual choices. The mercenary attack on the Romani camp that kicks off the curse is brilliantly shot. Rather than get up close to the action, the entire scene plays out from far away, observing the murder and destruction in a single long take. It feels both a throwback to 1970s filmmaking and entirely fresh for today.

Another throwback that stands out is the movie's use of practical effects. A late rejig of the movie saw it renamed and, more importantly, some substandard CGI removed to focus on the deliciously icky and sticky gruesome in-camera effects that recall John Carpenter's The Thing. The movie dips a little after the beast is revealed and it meanders to its conclusion. But with strong characters and refreshingly unsettling horror violence, The Cursed is a fun chiller.

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