Cursed was the rare Wes Craven movie where the story of making it became more interesting than the movie itself. It was a job Craven took for Dimension, where he had made three Scream movies. Near the end of filming, Bob and Harvey Weinstein ordered reshoots which ultimately ended up redoing most of the movie.
Cary Granat, who was COO of Dimension from 1995-2000, thinks the first cut of Cursed should be released. At this point, it’s a lost Wes Craven film begging for discovery.
“Yes, yes, yes, 100%,” Granat told us when we asked about the Craven cut of Cursed in a phone interview promoting his new movie, Welcome to Mercy.
Since Cursed came after Granat’s tenure at Dimension, he’s not sure where to find the original cut, only that it’s got to be somewhere.
“It still exists,” Granat said. “I just don’t know if it went with The Weinstein Company. I left in 2000 to start Walden so it was in development after that.”
In the process of reshooting Cursed, some actors were entirely cut out of the movie. Omar Epps and Skeet Ulrich did not return for reshoots and other names cut out include Mandy Moore, Heather Langenkamp, Illeana Douglas, Scott Foley, Robert Forster and Corey Feldman. They would have to sign off on releasing their footage, but they would probably want the world to see the work they put in which has since been buried.
“Oh, I’m sure,” Granat said, confident the cast of Cursed would cooperate.
Cursed starred Christina Ricci and Jesse Eisenberg as high school siblings bitten by a werewolf. The original Craven shoot also featured practical werewolf makeup by Rick Baker, which was ultimately replaced with CGI. #ReleaseTheCravenCut
Granat’s new movie Welcome to Mercy is in theaters Friday.