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Cravens "Cursed" - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Review By: Chris
Lil' Red Riding Hood - Bowling For Soup
Better Now - Collective Soul
Are You Ready - Three Days Grace
You'll Never Catch Me - Steve Harwell
Stadium Parking Lot - Apollo 440
Fine Without You - The Alkaline Trio
Spirits - Junkie XL
This Is A Forgery - Dashboard Confessional
Still Need Your Love - Reno
If You Don't Jump (You Are English) -
Bound Too Long - The Crystal Method
Freaks Come Out At Night - Whodini
Sick - Seven Wiser
Let Me Out - MBD
Lately movie soundtracks may seem a little
redundant, especially in a day and age when the actual soundtrack doesnt
relate to the movie in any way shape or form. As a matter of fact, Ive
come across some soundtracks which do not even feature any of the songs
in the movie. So although "Cursed" doesnt hit theaters until February
25th, the soundtrack itself seems to be a pretty good sign of whats to
The plot behind the movie is quite simple.
An estranged brother and sister are brought back together because of their
parents death. They are involved in a car accident on a back road in the
middle of the woods. While waiting for help, it seems as if the siblings
are "cursed" with werewolf like traits and powers. Now the two are racing
to find a cure for their werewolf like abilities which involves finding
and killing the person who cursed them in the first place. The film features
the work of both Wes Craven and Kevin Williamson, the winning team which
brought us the "Scream" trilogy.
The soundtrack itself seems to play nicely
into the film. While not a 100% horror flick, it sounds as if the action
and suspense scenes in the film play much more of a role than the actual
horror title the film has taken on. This is where the songs on the "Cursed"
soundtrack come into play. An all star as well as diverse cast featuring
the talents of Bowling For Soup, Three Days Grace, Collective Soul, and
Dashboard Confessional, the
soundtrack offers upbeat rockers from
most bands while giving us a taste of electronica with contributions from
The Crystal Method, Gus Gus and Reno.
The "Cursed" soundtrack starts off somewhat
tongue in cheek with a ditty entitled "Lil Red Riding Hood" by Bowling
For Soup. Its a cool contribution to this collection, because it obviously
helps define what the film is about, but it also sheds some light on the
film making us believe that maybe the movie isnt as horrifying as we think.
I mean really, Bowling For Soup on a horror soundtrack!? This vibe continues
on with "Better Now" by Collective Soul. Typical stuff from the band that
has brought us hits such as "Shine" and "December." "Better Now" is an
up tempo rocker that seems to fit right in with where this project is going.
"Are You Ready" by Three Days Grace is
the first song which adds some darkness to the soundtrack. One of the best
songs Ive heard from Three Days Grace, "Are You Ready" outshines some
of the bands more well known, radio nurtured tunes. The Steve Harwell number
entitled "Youll Never Catch Me" is a fast rap rocker, featuring heavier
guitar riffs and nicely following up the Three Days Grace song. Rap rockers
Apollo 440 check in with a song called "Stadium Parking Lot." Another hip-hop
rocker beginning with the line "Gonna make enough noise to wake the dead,"
Apollo 440 keeps things interesting and rolling along at a good pace.
The Alkaline Trio adds a remix of their
song "Fine Without You" beginning an interesting song selection for the
remainder of the soundtrack. "Spirits" by Junkie XL is the first of a few
electronica songs, but it fits in well with "If You Dont Jump (Are You
English)" by Gus Gus and "Bound Too Long" from The Crystal Method. The
wildcard here is a song by Dashboard Confessional entitled "This Is A Forgery"
featuring drum loops and synth passages. A departure for a band that is
known for its laid back acoustic and emo work. Just when you thought it
was over, out comes a remix of Whodinis "Freaks Come Out At Night." A
cool electronic remix adding some modern life to this old school hip-hop
number. The soundtrack winds up displaying some heavy girth with a song
called "Sick" by Seven Wiser and "Let Me Out" by MBD.
All said, a very good collection of songs
that seem to define this type of movie well. The soundtrack is diverse
enough to provide something for everyone while still giving you a taste
of the movie itself. Look for "Cursed" to be a hit at the box office this
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