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Friday, August 12, 2005


When C. and I saw the trailers for Cursed, we were pretty excited: Wes Craven helming a werewolf movie? How could we go wrong?

Cursed follows a familiar formula for the genre: protagonist encounters strange "wolf-like" predatory animal, suffers superficial wound, begins developing a taste for raw meat, experiences heightened libido and lowered inhibitions, exults in newfound abilities and ultimately faces a choice between accepting amazing power (at the price their humanity) or rejecting it in favour of love, friendship Judeo-Xian ethical memes.

This was Craven's first project since 2000's Scream 3 and he teams up with the same writer, bringing the same tongue 'n cheekiness: this is a self-conscious trope-heavy skim through werewolf legends, with the scariest moment being a toss-up between the editing (horrifying) and Christina Ricci's violently protruding collarbone (disturbing).

While we liked the quick pace and cool-looking werewolf (very Garou-like), the movie showed signs of severe re-writes. The plot felt collaged together, with dangling threads and inexplicable dead-ends. The acting was on par for the genre and the effects were acceptable. Although Craven is definitely capable of better, C. loves creature features and I dig werewolves, so ultimately we had a pretty okay time.

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From an article in The Epoch Times:
A photo of two peculiar dragon-shaped objects taken from a plane flying over Tibet’s Himalayas piqued many users’ interest when displayed on a Chinese website. The photographer is an amateur.

On June 22, 2004, the photographer went to Tibet’s Amdo region to attend the Qinghai-to-Xizang Railroad laying ceremony, and then took a plane from Lhasa to fly back inland. When flying over the Himalayas, he accidentally caught these two "dragons" in a picture that he took. He called these two objects "the Tibet dragons."

Thanks to Demonseed Elite over on the Dumpshock Forums for passing this one around.


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