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The Cursed (2022)

Opens on February 18

Director: Sean Ellis Run Time: 110 min. Rating: R Release Year: 2021

Starring: Alistair Petrie, Boyd Holbrook, Kelly Reilly, Roxane Duran, Uhm Ji-won

Country: United States, France
Language: English

“Monster movies fans should take heed that there’s a gruesome, ambitious one coming their way”

—Brian Tallerico for Roger Ebert

About the film:

World Premiere at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival. In the late nineteenth century, brutal land baron Seamus Laurent slaughters a Roma clan, unleashing a curse on his family and village. In the days that follow, the townspeople are plagued by nightmares, Seamus’s son Edward goes missing, and a boy is found murdered. The locals suspect a wild animal, but visiting pathologist John McBride warns of a more sinister presence lurking in the woods.

About the filmmaker:

Sean Ellis is a UK-born writer, director, producer and cinematographer with a background in visual storytelling through photography. He crafted the 2004 Academy Award-nominated short film Cashback and the BAFTA-nominated short film Voyage d’affaires. A regular at Sundance, his feature films The Broken premiered in 2008 while Metro Manila won the Audience Award in 2013. He also helmed the 2016 wartime drama Anthropoid.

In filming the beautifully crafted period piece The Cursed (originally titled Eight for Silver), Ellis opted to start with practical effects and animatronics before adding CGI. Read more from the filmmaker.

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