The Cursed

In the late 19th century, a brutal land baron slaughters a Roma clan, unleashing a curse on his family and village. In the days that follow, the townspeople are plagued by nightmares, the baron's son goes missing, and a boy is found murdered. The locals suspect a wild animal, but a visiting pathologist warns of a more sinister presence lurking in the woods.

  • Released: 2021-07-28
  • Runtime: 111 minutes
  • Genre: Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
  • Stars: Kelly Reilly, Boyd Holbrook, Alistair Petrie, Uhm Ji-won, Roxane Duran, Nigel Betts, Stuart Bowman, Gary Oliver, Richard Cunningham, Simon Kunz, Áine Rose Daly, Amelia Crouch, Tom Sweet, Max Mackintosh, Parker Ellis, Tommy Rodger, Sean Mahon, Mish Boyko, Paul Bandey, Alun Raglan, Oisín Stack, Florie Blight, Annabel Mullion, Jicey Carina, Stuart Goodwin, Edmund Wiseman, Christopher Craig, Serge Pierre-Gaudou, Patrick Zocco, Brigitte Masure, Anne-Hélène Orvelin, Robert Charpentier, Rebecca Calder, Go Gyu-pil, Fabien Houssaye, Kim In-kwon, Kwon Hae-hyo, Carl Laforêt
  • Director: Sean Ellis
  • tazkykamen - 12 December 2022
    The curse of a monster that lacks more of that monster
    The fantasy horror about the gypsy curse and Judas' silver has a high-quality visual appearance -surrounding forests shrouded in fog, semi-darkness of 19th-century interiors filmed with a distinct dark atmosphere. But what it lags behind is a somewhat problematic monster (apparently inspired by Carpenter's The Thing). It is not clear how he actually takes possession of his victims, and little space is devoted to his attacks in the film. At times, the story is quite illogical, for example, no one notices the attack on the maid despite the bloody sheets hanging in their yard. The dream sequences are also chaotic and make the story unclear.
  • SnoopyStyle - 8 December 2022
    good ole monster movie
    In the trenches of WWI, a soldier is one of the many wounded. As the doctor pulls out the bullets from his wounds, one of them is a different looking silver bullet. Thirty five years earlier, Isabelle Laurent (Kelly Reilly) is the wife of greedy landowner Seamus Laurent (Alistair Petrie). The local leaders have hired mercenaries to massacre gypsies who have occupied part of Seamus' land. With impending death, an old gypsy woman curses the land. John McBride (Boyd Holbrook) arrives tracking the Roma travelers. His family was lost due to a gypsy curse.

    At the start, I assumed that Kelly Reilly would be the lead. Her character is too passive to take the lead. That would have been better. She could be a good olden time woman rising up to be the hero although that may be too modern. Holbrook is a fine old style leading man. I do like the grim brutality of the place. The gypsy massacre is great awfulness. I like the unique monster designs. I like the curse lore. Despite the brutal violence, this is a rather old fashion monster movie.
  • bluetzin - 4 December 2022
    never mess with gypsy old ladies...
    I have no clue if this is common for all, but in my country Greece, this set up with gypsies, especially old ladies, is well known.. We believe they can curse you, they can bring you bad luck, they can predict your future just looking to your hands and many more creepy stuff.. so i quickly got into the movie despite the fact that old fashioned style of movies with clothes and horses and no electricity is not my cup of tea... But horror was good, the story escalated to something more than just a curse and the gore gave me chills for several times. Good acting, cool visuals. I'd prefer if the story had took place to nowdays but i guess there is also audience that loves that gothic style...
  • detlic - 30 November 2022
    A decent horror, for a change
    Approached watching this with extremely low expectations and to be honest, I'm glad I was wrong. This is actually a decent movie in every regard. As a movie on its own, as a horror and as a theme for this kind of monsters. Let's be honest: a good werewolf movie is a rarity!

    A little hint of Geuvaudan beast, maybe a bit out of place and definitely out of time since timelines don't match (the Beast of Gevaudan attacked in 18th century and this is much later).

    Apart from that anachronism, quite good. Well written, decent acting... Somebody tried to actually make a movie worth watching! There is suspense, creepy elements, mystery and some gore (which I'm not a fan of), but done properly, with measure and some style at least.

    Far from being a top of the line movie, but even farther from being a garbage we are showered with lately. Definitely worth watching.
  • laflammemark - 15 November 2022
    I give it an eight, for silver
    You know what? I'd rate this movie fairly high even if it was terrible. It was such a refreshingly unique take on the werewolf legend, that straight away, I was drawn into it. I love the curse aspect of the trouble that plagued this little village and seeing how that curse was borne made it real hard to sympathize with ol' Seamus and his merry band. I imagine this kind of thing happened back in those lawless days. Of course, back then, those people hadn't seen a thousand movies wherein terrible things happen to people because they messed with gypsies. Don't mess with gypsies, son. No good can come from it.

    I wanted a little more from McBride in this. I like his backstory and his motivation for hunting these bad dogs, but his emotional barometer never seemed to go up and down. That's the one area where I thought the movie was lacking. Otherwise, a straight on good time with some really good performances, particularly by those in the backdrop. With those performances and the way the movie was shot, you definitely got a sense of life in a ghoul-plagued French village and brother, I didn't like being there much. Kind of a fun, can't-go-wrong movie. Eight is for silver, bub. Remember that.
  • deloudelouvain - 5 November 2022
    Not bad, good gore, entertaining for this genre.
    The Cursed or Eight For Silver (Why two different titles? What's the point of that) is yet another story about a werewolf. Well it's slightly different this time so that's a good thing as this genre has been milked out. It could be a werewolf but any other demonic creature could fit the profile. It's an entertaining horror movie though, with some gore, mostly due to the dismembering scenes that were pretty graphic but done well. The monster itself was pure CGI but done well again. The whole cast did a good job playing their characters, from lead actors to extras. If you like the werewolf genre give this one a go, it's slightly different but certainly not bad.
  • Slarkshark - 3 November 2022
    Let the Gypsy's Be
    One of the better werewolf movies I've seen for quite some time, maybe since 'Dog Soldiers'. A creepy werewolf design too going with the hairless body and just the right amount of CGI was used. The way the camp massacre was filmed from a distance with one shot was impressive and unique. And a great setting and time period, and liked how it was linked to an actual historic event which reminded me of 'Brotherhood of the Wolf'. Honestly my biggest disappointment is the name change. There's already a werewolf movie named 'Cursed', and 'Eight for Silver' was original and intriguing. At least it still has that title on IMDb.

    Boyd Holbrook was good, and definitely an improvement from 'The Predator' which was a let down in every way. Ever since 'Yellowstone' I'll always be a fan of Kelly Reilly.

    This was my chosen Halloween night film this year, and it didn't disappoint.
  • PestVolk - 2 November 2022
    Zero entertainment value
    I felt like I was watching 21st century people in costumes pretending to live in the early 20th century. I wasn't immersed at all because of the lack of authenticity of the setting, names that didn't match the people, clothes that didn't match the people, the whole movie didn't feel tailored into something believable or immersive.

    The first half is a dull drama.

    The second half is an infuriatingly bad, completely pointless slasher flick with horribly bland, dumb written characters, plot holes and just serves as a weak moment to moment thread to make something akin to a movie.

    Completely uninspired and a pointless waste of time and money for either serious era-drama enthusiasts or horror enthusiasts.
  • deedee_2000-985-341635 - 30 October 2022
    While trying to hold off the flu, i was searching for a suitable horror flick to watch for Halloween and came across The Cursed aka Eight For Silver on Hulu. I don't think i'm stepping on any toes by revealing this is a werewolf movie and i have pretty high standards when it comes to this genre. Dog Soldiers: greatest werewolf movie ever made, enough said. But i decided to give this a gander anyway.

    Dang!! The Cursed is one mighty fine movie regardless of what genre you put it in. The story is a bit unusual. The beast is one scary monster, no doubt about that. But what stood for me was the atmosphere. Dread and foreboding dripped from the first scene. Yes, there were a couple hiccups, but for the most part, The Cursed was excellent.

    A chilling must see for the horror fan.
  • jmbovan-47-160173 - 19 October 2022
    For the quality of the production
    This is an interesting film of a "curse" that plagues a family and village, placed by gypsies that were poorly treat by the ruling powers and family. The film has quiet contemplation of this process as the uncertainty of it all is kept hidden from the "weaker" sex, but the men don't always have the best choices in their urges. Creepy, yes, and while I enjoyed the acting and overall plot, I found this to be dull in the long run. The tension created by the production is good, but the build starts to falter as it seems to be one thing only that they are building toward. The reveal isn't any surprise as it is clear from the onset what is happening. Decent, but unsatisfying.
  • jsucie - 17 October 2022
    A mashup of werewolf movies
    This is my first Halloween movie of 2022 to start my run and this was ok.

    Interesting idea which has grabbed from many different werewolf lore from multiple sources. Now this isn't a traditional hairy, howl at the moon werewolf story and even on all fours it does look more vampire-ish than werewolf but it is indeed one. Using the 30 pieces of silver as the curse and cure has also been brought up before.

    The acting is ok for what it is and what the actors have to work with. It is strange that they decided to not even pretend to have a French accent for any of the characters given this takes place in France.

    Overall if you're looking for milder gory movie for Halloween, give this one a shot.
  • Pulp001 - 16 October 2022
    Classic Gothic Horror at its best
    I'm only giving the picture a seven because it's the first time that I watch this film, however, if I ever watch it again and feel the same way, I'm sure my rating will go up a notch or two.

    It is a bit slow at times, but overall it's well done; the cinematography hits the spot with this kind of genre, the acting is well done, and the direction of the film is horrifically suspenseful.

    The suspenseful scenes will leave you with your mouth open at times, and give you goosebumps at others.

    If you're a fan of classic gothic horror-which I'm not in particular-, this one is right up your alley, and if you're not, I still think the audience in general will find this flick well worth a watch.
  • athanasiosze - 15 October 2022
    5.7/10. Watchable but not recommended
    First 30-40 minutes were good. Kinda expensive production for a horror movie, interesting story, decent acting. Then, i was slowly losing my interest. At the end of the movie i didn't care about what happened to the characters, i just wanted it to end. Something felt off, i can't explain it better because English is not my native language. You can't enjoy a horror movie when you don't care if the characters live or die. Maybe i was not in the right mood, i don't know.

    It's definitely not a bad movie, however, it's too long. It should have been at least 15 minutes shorter, there were some pace problems. Not boring though, for the most part of it.

    Actors were not so charismatic or appealing except Kelly Reilly. She shines through the movie.

    I wanted to like it. CASHBACK (same director, 2006) is one of my favorite movies. I liked THE BROKEN (2008) too.

    This, not so much.
  • mandarsalvi - 11 October 2022
    Unique and really good
    I don't understand that why this movie is not available on any OTT platform. This is a very unique yet very good horror movie. I have seen such a good horror movie after very long time. Cinematography is really good. Story is also good, a slow burn. I have seen this movie on my 5.1 home theatre, and it has amazing sound effects. Background score is really good. CGI is pretty good. I haven't expected that. The dark environment scenes are also shot really good way. Also, direction is great. Attention to small details is given and that shows. Overall, it's a really good horror movie and a must watch.