Wes Craven was a master of the horror genre. He gave the world “The Last House on the Left,” “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” and “Scream,” to name a few. It’s hard to believe audiences would overlook any of his works, but that’s precisely what happened with 2005’s “Cursed.” The werewolf film, which stars Christina Ricci, Jesse Eisenberg, and Nick Offerman, was critically panned when it first came out, but that wasn’t so much Craven’s fault as it was from studio interference. In an interview with CraveOnline, the director spoke about his dissatisfaction with the film: “We shot the whole film except for the last act. Then they pulled the plug; we completely rewrote it and shot a new version and a last act. Then Bob [Weinstein] didn’t like the last act, so we went out and shot a third last act.”
Forget the Snyder Cut; it’s high time we start asking for the Craven Cut of “Cursed.” Even with the version of the film we have now, it’s still worth looking back on, especially for fans of Craven’s work who want to check out the director’s entire filmography. The story still has a lot of fun with the werewolf mythos, and with plenty of comedic talent in front of the camera, you may have some campy entertainment to cross off your watchlist.