With a film directed by Wes Craven about a werewolf on the prowl in the City of Angels, you’d expect some classically eerie dirge of a soundtrack ridden with pulsating moog synthesizers. Add to the mix the fact that the film is written by Kevin Williamson (Scream), and stars teen movie actors Christina Ricci and Joshua Jackson, and suddenly the expectations have changed to all things "hip and fresh."

The Cursed soundtrack is just that.

With a mixture of pop-punk tracks such as Dashboard Confessional’s "This is a Forgery" to hypnotic electronic euphoria by The Crystal Method and loud, fast, unapologetic stadium rock by Three Days Grace, the soundtrack offers a healthy serving of radio-friendly tracks.

However, the theme track, Bowling for Soup’s "Lil’ Red Riding Hood," with sporadic "howling" and its mother-goosey rhymes, is a bit cheesy. Not to mention the fact that Collective Soul’s lackluster power chords and crooning "oo-ooo-ooohs" on "Better Now" sound a bit too much like a Disney-movie theme song.

All that aside, though, if chart-topping ditties tickle your fancy, the 14 tracks comprising the Cursed soundtrack’s cornucopia of catchy songs will surely please your palette.

Grade: B

The Cursed soundtrack is currently available.