The Curse of Downers Grove

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"High school can be murder."
  • NR
  • 2015
  • 1 hr 28 min
  • 4.4  (2,020)
  • 31

The Curse of Downers Grove is a 2015 teen horror-thriller film directed by Derick Martini and written by Bret Easton Ellis and Martini. It stars Bella Heathcote, Lucas Till, and Helen Slater. The movie is set in the town of Downers Grove, where every year, a senior from the local high school dies in a freak accident before graduation. The legend says that it's a curse, but nobody believes it until they are faced with their own mortality.

The film follows a high school senior named Chrissie Swanson (Bella Heathcote) and her best friend, Tracy (Penelope Mitchell), as they navigate their final year of high school while dealing with the alleged curse that haunts their town. Chrissie is a bright student with a college scholarship lined up, but she is haunted by nightmares and a sense of impending doom. She is convinced that she will be the next victim of the curse, as graduation day draws near.

However, her concerns are dismissed by her love interest, Chuck (Lucas Till), who thinks she is being paranoid. Chuck is the captain of the football team and a popular student at school, but he doesn't realize that his own actions may have a role to play in the curse. He is obsessed with his ex-girlfriend, a popular girl named Tracy, and he will do anything to get her back.

As the days go by, the mystery deepens, and more students meet their untimely demise. Chrissie becomes increasingly paranoid, and her grip on reality begins to slip. She seeks help from her mother (Helen Slater), who is a recovering alcoholic and a former beauty queen, but she is not much help to Chrissie. Chrissie starts to investigate the curse, and she discovers a dark secret that threatens to destroy everything she holds dear.

The Curse of Downers Grove is a suspenseful and atmospheric horror movie that draws you in with its eerie setting and mysterious plot. The movie has a "who-dun-it" element to it, as the audience tries to figure out who or what is behind the curse. The film has a few jump-scares, but it's more focused on building tension and creating a sense of dread. The performances of the actors are decent, especially Bella Heathcote, who carries the film with her nuanced performance.

The movie's pace is a bit slow, and at times, it can be hard to follow the plot, but it's worth watching until the end to find out what happens. The film's themes of obsession, mortality, and coming-of-age are handled well and add depth to the movie. The Curse of Downers Grove is not your typical slasher horror flick, but it's a unique and engaging take on the genre.

Overall, The Curse of Downers Grove is an enjoyable horror-thriller that will keep you guessing until the end. The movie's setting, characters, and plot are well-crafted, and the performances are solid. The film may not be for everyone, but if you're a fan of suspenseful horror movies with a mystery element, then this is definitely worth checking out.

The Curse of Downers Grove is a 2015 thriller with a runtime of 1 hour and 28 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 4.4 and a MetaScore of 31.

The Curse of Downers Grove
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    4.4  (2,020)
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