Cutting to the chase, Cursed the movie was a dreadful mess completely demolished by its undermining PG-13 rating. While it had decent acting, anything else that could have been decent was butchered by the affore mentioned rating snafu.
Cursed, the Soundtrack, fares better. It is one of those rare horror movie soundtracks that lacks the forbodding Parental Advisory sticker which also could be another means of selling out the genre to appeal to a more teen oriented crowd. Yet, the soundtrack does not suffer in the same vain that the movie did.
In fact, the soundtrack holds its own as it churns out a compilation of rock, electronica, and pop... all smoothly flowing from song to song. As an opener for the album, "Lil Red Riding Hood" by Bowling for Soup is both catchy and tongue in cheek. As an opening to a horror film it is a bit much satrical and not at all indicative of the 'suspensful' mood the film should have possesed. "Better Now" by Collective Soul is a wonderful song, but again, not something suited for a horror film. It has pop froth sound to it that makes it seem so lite to the doomed theme. As a matter of fact, the majority of the songs on this soundtrack lack any of that typical angst to be found in songs featured on a horror film. A good chunk of these songs are simple put, songs about life. There is hardly any tension, which is funny considering that in the liner notes, Craven states that music helps create the film. While all the songs on this album are really good, I can't help but wonder if... along with the PG-13 rating, the music is what aided with nuetering this werewolf flick. None of the songs really indicate any freaky happenings and give way to eerie thoughts of the films intense (um, when the werewolf flicked off the hero, it was tense because I thought people were gonna riot against the film creators mocking their intellegence) moments. Even the techno songs seem to lean more towards the chill out lounge party than the building dread of a woman becoming a beast. And if any song on this soundtrack is indicative of all that I've said, it would be the silly but fun and catchy remix of the Freaks Come Out at Night song. It is electronic and fast building, but it is more humerous to listen too than utilizing at as a force to conjure up dread for a frightening situation.
While the movie being nuetered is a damaging thing, this album being of the same vain is not nearly as bad. It just doesn't fit with the type of film it was intended for.
Overall... a good album. Great music... aweful concept.