The Curse of Downers Grove

Synopsis: Chrissie's last week of high-school in Downers Grove, IL. is a paranoid trip through a small Midwestern town gripped by a 'curse' that claims the life of one high school senior every year. With only five days to graduation, Chrissie Swanson is beginning to wonder if she will be the next victim of the Curse of Downers Grove.
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery
Director(s): Derick Martini
Production: Anchor Bay Entertainment
Rotten Tomatoes:
89 min


Are you kidding me?

Whoever named

this town "Downers Grove"

had a sick sense of humor.

The suburbs are the ghettos

of the meaningless...

...unless your town

has its very own curse,

where a senior dies each year

the week before graduation.

Now that suddenly gives

your town instant meaning.

You asked for it and more!


A beautiful

sunny day here in Illinois,

a whopping 88 degrees.

Summer around the bend.

Got a big shout out

to all our seniors

at Downers Grove High School.

One week to graduation.

Make it count.

Don't get caught up in the curse.

Ha ha!

We're gonna keep playing

all the hits.

Your hit music channel.

Only the best music.


What's he doing?


Danny, come on!

Yeah, yeah!


It's the fucking curse.

It's only as few days

before graduation,

and the curse

hasn't happened yet.

Maybe it won't happen this year.

Maybe all the other accidents

are just a coincidence.


At last year's sob fest,

the class president read a poem

that went something like,

"Don't try to understand everything

because some things

don't make sense."

But I can't help wondering

if the curse could be real.

The tall swarthy astronaut-type

is why mom dragged us here.

It's a bummer having a single

mother who's miserable.

So if astronaut-guy makes

her happy, astronaut-guy it is.

I mean,

come out of the suffering

and problems that you face in life

brought on because

of the choices that you make.

You simply reap what you sow.


No one said a word about Rich

the whole way over,

and I... I would...

I would like your opinion.

Well, he isn't a meth addict.

Can I go now?


Mom, I like him.

He seems nice, and I can tell

he really likes you.

I think he does. Thank you.

My angel.

I like him, too.

Who knows what Rich

has on his filthy,

repressed religious mind.

Cut him some slack.

He's taking her to Vegas.

Be happy or fake it.

I checked his profile.

- He enjoys frisky women.

- I don't wanna hear this.

And one day hopes to host

his own reality show.

Let's hope for the best.

Okay, so you've got all

the information. We're at the...

Mandalay Bay

and you'll be back Friday.


I never left you alone before,

so please, please,

please tell me not worry.

It is about that time the curse

of Downer's Grove rolls in.

My God.

I didn't even think of that.

Mom, the curse is complete B.S.

We'll be fine.

Go. Have a good time.

Okay. God, I love you guys.

My angels!

Come here.

No drumming after 7:00.

Wish me luck.

How do I look?

Is it okay?

Okay, Dave, you don't have

to hear this part.

I love you guys.


Hey, Chrissie!

There's your stalker boyfriend.

Stop it.

- He's harmless.

- He totally likes you.

For the zillionth time,

her room's all pink and lace

and shit. Not your type.

Do you really think

I'm interested in her room?

What am I,

an interior decorator?

You misread me completely


Did I just pass your mom

and her new dude?

- For an older guy, he's not bad.

- I totally agree.

Drop it. Diner?

And you're looking

exceptionally hot, Tracy.

And you're looking

exceptionally 15, Dave.

I think it's adorable

that you like me all the same.

Has she seen

our Facebook page yet?

I don't think so.

I would've heard, so, no.


I'll be jamming here later,

if you wanna hang or whatever.

Why are we going this way?

Diner's in the other direction.

I thought you might want to see

if grease boy was still working.

His name's Bobby.

What? How do you know?

Because I asked him.


First semester, when the brakes

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Bret Easton Ellis

Bret Easton Ellis (born March 7, 1964) is an American author, screenwriter, and short story writer. His works have been translated into 27 languages. He was at first regarded as one of the so-called literary Brat Pack, which also included Tama Janowitz and Jay McInerney. He is a self-proclaimed satirist whose trademark technique, as a writer, is the expression of extreme acts and opinions in an affectless style. Ellis employs a technique of linking novels with common, recurring characters. Ellis made his debut at age 21 with the controversial bestseller Less Than Zero (1985), published by Simon & Schuster, a zeitgeist novel about wealthy amoral young people in Los Angeles. His third novel, American Psycho (1991) was his most successful. On its release, the literary establishment widely condemned the novel as overly violent and misogynistic. Though many petitions to ban the book saw Ellis dropped by Simon & Schuster, the resounding controversy convinced Alfred A. Knopf to release it as a paperback later that year. In later years, Ellis' novels have become increasingly metafictional. Lunar Park (2005), a pseudo-memoir and ghost story, received positive reviews. Imperial Bedrooms (2010), marketed as a sequel to Less Than Zero, continues in this vein. Four of Ellis's works have been made into films. Less Than Zero was rapidly adapted for screen, leading to the release of a starkly different film of the same name in 1987. Mary Harron's adaptation of American Psycho was released to generally positive reviews in 2000 and went on to achieve cult status. Roger Avary's 2002 adaptation The Rules of Attraction made modest box office returns but went on to attract a cult following. 2008's The Informers, based on Ellis's collection of short stories, was critically panned. Ellis also wrote the screenplay for the critically derided 2013 film The Canyons, an original work. more…

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