GenreDrama, Mystery, Romance Music directorShark WriterDan Rosen LanguageEnglish
Release date24 January 1998 CastMichael Vartan (Chris), Matthew Lillard (Tim), Randall Batinkoff (Rand), Keri Russell (Emma), Tamara Craig Thomas (Natalie), Anthony Griffith (Detective Shipper) Similar moviesBloody Moon, Terrified, The Purge: Anarchy, The Canyons, I Spit on Your Grave III: Vengeance is Mine, Sexy Beast
TaglineSomeone is about to go over the edge.
The Curve is a 1998 thriller starring Matthew Lillard, Keri Russell and Michael Vartan, which premiered at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival under its original title, Dead Man's Curve.
After hearing of a school policy granting anyone whose roommate commits suicide an automatic 4.0 GPA (see: Pass by catastrophe), Harvard Law School aspirants Tim (Matthew Lillard) and Chris (Michael Vartan) plot to kill their roommate Rand and make it look like suicide. They're successful, but when the fallout breeds unforeseen consequences and two local detectives close in, guilt and mistrust fester, jeopardizing Chris's relationship with his girlfriend Emma (Keri Russell) and the roommates' futures.
Matthew Lillard – Tim
Michael Vartan – Chris
Keri Russell – Emma
Randall Batinkoff – Rand
Dana Delany – Dr. Ashley
Tamara Craig Thomas – Natalie
Bo Dietl – Detective Amato
Anthony Griffith – Detective Shipper
Kevin Ruf – Ernie
Kris McGaha – Renee
The Curve was filmed at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, and screened at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival as an Official Selection. The film was renamed The Curve after its Sundance premiere to avoid confusion with the film Dead Man on Campus, a comedy with a similar pass by catastrophe premise about two college roommates who try to get another roommate to commit suicide which was released the same year. In the UK and Australia, however, the film was released as Dead Man's Curve.
Prior to the start of filming, writer/director Dan Rosen and score composer Shark made a mixtape of songs they were considering for use in the film, which Rosen gave to the principal actors in The Curve to establish the film's tone. When editor Glenn Garland put together the first edit of the film, he used music from this mix tape as "temp music," and many of the songs ended up in the final film.
A song-based soundtrack album featuring songs from The Curve was released in Japan through Toho Records and in North America through Chromatic Records.
The North American album featured 14 tracks composed by Shark, an aria from the 1892 opera La Wally and the songs "Die" by Starbelly, "Bela Lugosi's Dead" by Bauhaus and "Wake Up Sad (remix)" by Wild Colonials.