DVD | Horror | 02 Sep 2020
DVD | Horror | 02 Sep 2020
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Something wicked wants inside.
A defiant teenage boy, struggling with his parents' imminent divorce, faces off with a thousand year-old witch, who is living beneath the skin of and posing as the woman next door.
Review of The Wretched by Christopher Pattison
Good independent horror films are hard to come by these days. Whilst there are many hidden gems out there, they are quite hard to find. Luckily Rialto Distribution is here for us. They have released ‘The Wretched’ on DVD this month and I am quite excited to talk about it. ‘The Wretched’ was directed by Brett and Drew T. Pierce aka the Pierce brothers. The film follows a defiant young teenager, who is struggling with his parents looming divorce as he faces off with an evil, thousand-year-old witch in a small town, who is posing as his next-door neighbour. So, it is kind of like ‘Rear Window’ meets ‘The Witch’. So how was ‘The Wretched’?
‘The Wretched’ was a fun and unique horror film. The film was made on a small budget, but was able to utilise its budget effectively, creating an ominous and terrifying atmosphere, whilst keeping a light-hearted and at times fun tone throughout the film as well. The film utilises plenty of practical effects as well, with great prosthetics and make-up, which elevate the horror and atmosphere throughout. I am a sucker for great practical effects. These effects are utilised well too, they are usually shrouded in darkness so that the full prosthetic is not overly visible, but visible enough to remain frightening. The horror sequences are handled very well as well here, with many sequences taking place in the dead of night, providing great atmosphere and suspense.
‘The Wretched’ is a well-crafted, suspenseful and thoroughly entertaining independent horror film. The practical effects make it stand apart from other films in the genre. I am giving ‘The Wretched’ a 7/10. You can pick this one up from your local Sanity today, it is well worth your time!
Chris has written this movie review for Sanity. See more from Chris here
Review of The Wretched by Peter Walkden
A teenage boy named Ben (John-Paul Howard) is currently dealing with his parents going through a divorce. He ends up moving in with his father in a small-town community. His father is dating someone else whom Ben is not overly fond of. Ben daily goes to work with his father at the boat docks. There he works in the office, assisting with boats coming in/out and conducting safety checks.
As Ben tries to settle into the small community and living with his father, Ben begins to have suspicions about the family next door. Over time, his suspicions only grow more and more. But little does Ben know that one of the family members next door has been taken over by a thousand-year-old witch who now lives beneath the skin of a human. As Ben sees more odd things occur, he tries to tell others, but no one will believe him and think he’s just on drugs. It is now up to Ben to take matters into his own hands.
Visual effects for this film are impressive. Movie lovers who are seeking extreme amounts of gore and uncomfortable horror aspects should look no further. I will proudly confess that this movie (and the film’s poster art) was able to make me feel slightly squeamish, and it is great to see this film isn’t holding back. The filmmakers were obviously keen to make this film look as fantastic as possible considering the film’s budget, particularly when it comes to elements like blood and gore. The main Witch herself when she appears is also quite creepy, and the work in the effects department has paid off once again. All night shots in the film were also visually positive.
Another plus for me is what hit my ears from the beginning of this film. Naturally, I am talking about the film’s soundtrack- it is impressive. It gave off old school horror flick vibes. The soundtrack was generally fun and fresh. As a plot, The Wretched does start a little slow, but when Ben begins to suspect something is wrong, the film gets underway.
Overall, The Wretched is a positive low budget horror. It gets a lot of things right, and many moments feel fresh. Elements such as the visuals and the audio track were outstanding. It is an impressive horror film, and those seeking new chills and thrills should support this film.
Peter has written this movie review for Sanity. See more from Peter here
Title: Wretched, The
Release Date: 02 Sep 2020
Actor(s): John-Paul Howard, Piper Curda, Jamison Jones, Azie Tesfai, Zarah Mahler, Kevin Bigley, Gabriela Quezada Bloomgarden, Richard Ellis, Blane Crockarell, Judah Abner Paul, Ja'layah Washington, Amy Waller, Ross Kidder, Kasey Bell, Harry Burkey
Catalogue No: RIA277
Disc Count: 1
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
OFLC Rating: MA15+
Run Time: 95
Transfer Format: 16:9 Enhanced, Widescreen
Video Format: PAL
Primary Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1
Language: English, Dolby Digital 5.1
Region Code: 4
OFLC Advice: Strong Themes And Violence
Production Studio: Rialto
Dubbed Languages: Rialto
Director(s): Brett Pierce, Drew T. Pierce
Genre: Horror/Sci-Fi, Horror