THE CURSED aka EIGHT FOR SILVER (2021) Reviews and Digital, Blu-ray and DVD release news

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The Cursedformerly Eight for Silver is now available to rent or buy on Digital via Amazon Prime in the USA. The film will be available on Blu-ray and DVD on May 10, 2022, via Decal-Neon. The disc releases include a Behind-the-Scenes extra.

Meanwhile, here’s our previous coverage of the movie:

Eight for Silver is a 2021 British horror film about a man investigating a wild animal attack in a remote country village in the late 1800s. He discovers a much deeper and more sinister force that has the manor and its townspeople in its grip… In January 2022, it was announced that the movie had, unfortunately, been generically retitled The Cursed.

Written and directed by Sean Ellis (Anthropoid; Metro Manila; The Broken). Produced by Sean Ellis, Mickey Liddell, Alison Semenza, Nicole Stojkovich and Jacob Yakob.

The LD Entertainment production stars Boyd Holbrook, Kelly Reilly, Alistair Petrie, Roxane Duran and Aine Rose Daly.

Reviews [may contain spoilers]:
“Save Holbrook (whose McBride should immediately launch a monster-hunting franchise), none of the characters are memorable enough to sustain a slow-burn atmospheric thriller, and the slow burn nature of the scenario might well strain even the most patient horror fans. There’s also a poorly-calculated framing device that goes for Gothic intrigue but just ends up letting us know who’s probably going to be alive at the end.” Awards Watch

“The broader perspective means it’s hard to find rooting interest among a cast of characters we never really get to know, and the unhurried pacing can make the film sag in stretches. The opening prologue ultimately doesn’t contribute much, except a minor point to support the film’s generational trauma thesis. Still, it’s a well-crafted period piece with standout horror moments thanks to fresh mythology…” Bloody Disgusting

“Ellis crafts a gripping tale, drawing on biblical and mythical elements to create something that is new and familiar simultaneously. If the creature itself is, on the one hand, not what you probably expect from a werewolf, it still carries primal echoes of all those animals you were told about as children, lingering in forests and ready to eat you up.” Eye for Film

“Sadly, some CGI moments stand out as a bit distracting, and they come at fairly important moments, so they break the immersion a bit. Couple that with some un-needed jump scares, and it really takes you out of this fairly atmospheric experience. Eight for Silver shines best when it goes for shockingly strange moments or adds to the overall heavy emotions.” Flickering Myth

“Well-executed if not entirely original – with werewolves, what is? – Eight For Silver (the title taken from a children’s nursery song) is an assured, engaging chiller that takes an ambitious bite out of the wolfman legacy which should satisfy bloodlust audiences while also engaging dramatically.” Games Radar

“The constantly escalating tension almost reaches a boiling point but it never quite explodes when it should. The last half of the film keeps that simmering tension throughout and some of the final set pieces set at the manor were begging for the narrative to really pop off. Unfortunately, it never quite reaches the unrelenting tension of the first half of the film.” Gayly Dreadful

“Whether or not the curse has been vanquished isn’t even settled, but not because Ellis means for it to be ambiguous. He just seems to have forgotten. Eight for Silver offers a tantalizing vision for how to revive the werewolf movie, but it’s lacking once you get past the great atmosphere.” Goomba Stomp

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