10 Most Evil Movie Curses
Curses come in many forms. We all wish at times we had the power to toss a few of them around. In celebration of the upcoming hallows eve we’ve compiled a list of the ten most evil movie curses. Which one do you wish you had the power to curse souls with?
Drag Me To Hell
The latest from cinematic wizard Sam Raimi centers on a loan officer who’s been ordered to evict an old woman from her home, and finds herself on the receiving end of an unthinkable a supernatural curse as a result – one which turns her life into a literal living hell. Desperate to save her own soul, she turns to a seer to get rid of this horrific curse- before it’s too late.
An early novel from Stephen King’s alter ego Richard Bachman, Thinner is all that a curse movie should be. Directed by Tom Holland. (Fright Night, Child’s Play) Moments after Billy Halleck (Robert John Burke) is acquitted for vehicular manslaughter, a 106 year-old gypsy named Tadzu Lemke (Michael Constantine) brushes against him outside the courthouse and whispers the word “Thinner” in his ear. Soon after, Halleck begins to notice that he’s dropping pounds at a near-liposuction rate. Terrified by he realization that he’d been cursed by the ancient gypsy, Billy sinks into a nightmare of selfish desperation that sucks everyone who knows and loves him into the hellish reality he’s brought upon himself.
Clive Barker’s directing debut centers on the horrifying tale of a man who discovers a mysterious puzzle box in North Africa. He brings the box home and solves the puzzle, and hooked chains immediately fly out of the box and dig into his skin. The leader of the demon race Cenobites, Pinhead (Doug Bradley), picks up the box and twists it back into its original state, and the room goes back to normal. Later, a husband and wife who move into an old house and discover a hideous creature hiding upstairs – something unfortunately familiar to the newlyweds. He was brought back into existence by a drop of blood on the floor, and soon forces his former mistress to bring him his necessary human sacrifices to complete his body – something the Cenobites do not approve of.
The Evil Dead
Sam Raimi ‘s feature film debut, shot on 16mm in the woods of Tennesse for a measly $350,000, centers on a batch of vacationing college friends making an unplanned stopover in an abandoned mountain cabin find unspeakable evil lurking in the forest. They find the Necronomicon and the taped translation of the text. Naturally, they play the tape (as anyone in such a movie would do) and released the evil waiting to escape. One by one, the teens become horrific killer zombies. Only one remains, and it is up to him to survive the night against the Evil Dead.
In this independent horror flick, three friends return to their hometown to visit the grave of a recently-deceased friend to pay their final respects. After a night at the bar, they head up to the cemetery, where one of them finds a note on Devin’s grave which contains what appear to be lyrics to a song. Naturally, the friends begin singing the song and dancing around the cemetery, trampling the nearby graves. It isn’t long before Devin’s friends discover that the poem they sang was actually a magic spell, and by reciting it they’ve awakened angry spirits who will stop at nothing to make their lives hell. The only way to stop the curse? Death.
Nightmare on Elm Street
The legendary tale of Freddy Kruger tops the list of the most evil film curses of all time. What’s worse than a spirit that can kill you in your dreams – in the most terrifying way imaginable? That’s right: a horribly disfigured one with a razor-sharp claw hand. Nancy is plagued by violent nightmares of Freddy, the aforementioned demonic dream-killer. When she realizes that her friends are having the same nightmares, each of them getting picked off in brutal fashion while they sleep, she finds herself forced to take matters into her own hands, and deal with the demon from dreamland before he kills again.