Sommerleigh Pollonais, Horror Head Writer
Plot: Hana spends 20 years suppressing a maleficent curse that was placed upon her bloodline only to have a family member knowingly release it, forcing her to kill or to be killed.
Review: There are those movies everyone loves and there are those movies everyone hates. Then there are those movies that while the general consensus is they aren’t worth the effort, somehow manages to appeal to you. There are a few films like this I’ve come across, and The Accursed is most definitely one of them.
Starring some familiar faces who don’t show up that much on screen anymore, The Accursed is a tale of a family who through a careless past indiscretion of their matriarch (Yancy Butler, who I loved in short-lived Witchblade television series) when she was younger is now haunted by a curse that is only kept at bay with spells and their promise never to leave the land they live on. When her only son marries, his wife (for reasons that are later revealed) breaks the binding spell which leads to every member of the family being hunted by an entity that is set on destroying them all.
Admittedly, The Accursed takes its time getting things started but this didn’t bother me as much as it usually would in these types of films. That’s because I found the story of three sisters with their Baltic heritage and family history of witchcraft engaging. Usually we have to wait until the ending of a film for some character to go into “exposition mode” and dump all the secrets on us. Here the story is mostly all laid out from the start so we have a clear idea of the danger these people are facing. The limited budget was also utilised intelligently with the “witch” being revealed in ways that were genuinely creepy.
The strong performances also go a long way in keeping you invested in the fate of these characters, which is not something you usually get in a small budget movie such as this one. Joining Yancy Butler we also have Goran Visjnic (ER, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) as her husband Nikola, Melora Walters (Magnolia, PEN15) as her sister Naida and Miraj Grbic (MI:Ghost Protocol, S.W.A.T.) as another family member. The names may not be familiar but the faces will ring a bell or two, and even the actors who I didn’t know left their mark.
So while I know most people will dismiss The Accursed as just another low budget horror, I for one found it to be a genuinely creepy and engaging story with characters who made you care about them and a story that, while a bit too complicated for its own good, was still fascinating enough to make you want to stick around to see how things would unfold.
Score 6 out of 10
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Sommerleigh of the House Pollonais. First of Her Name. Sushi Lover, Queen of Horror Movies, Comic Books and Binge Watching Netflix. Mother of two beautiful black cats named Vader and Kylo. I think eating Popcorn at the movies should be mandatory, PS4 makes the best games ever, and I’ll be talking about movies until the zombie apocalypse comes.
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