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Cult Horror Done Right: ‘The Wretched’ Spoiler-Free Review

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Cult Horror Done Right: ‘The Wretched’ Spoiler-Free Review

The Wretched has fun with the resources it is given and presents itself as a mature adventure, albeit campy at times, that is reminiscent of the “freakshow” horror genre that hasn’t been seen in a long time.

As a second feature release for Writing and Directing duo Brett and Drew T. Pierce (The Pierce Brothers), with their first being 2011’s Deadheads, IFC Midnight’s The Wretched is a well-paced, sharp, and entertaining horror film that, despite its noticeably low-budget, manages to create an atmosphere full of tension and a surprising amount of world-building. With a strong cast, an interesting score, and an effective use of practical effects, The Wretched has fun with the resources it is given and presents itself as a mature adventure, albeit campy at times, that is reminiscent of the “freak-show” horror genre that hasn’t been seen in a long time.

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‘The Wretched’ IFC Midnight

Following witness to his parents difficult divorce, young Ben (John-Paul Howard), an awkward seventeen-year old, finds himself working at a marina with his father, Liam (Jamison Jones), during the summer break. It is here in this small town that Ben begins to suspect a dark and sinister reality from his neighbor’s family, specifically the wife, Abbie (Zarah Mahler). Once citizens begin to rapidly disappear from the town it becomes clear that action must be taken, however, with nobody believe him of the incidents and his paranoia being passed over as being on drugs, Ben is trapped having to force change to take place before his neighbors, and potential the entire town, is consumed by a looming darkness.

The Pierce Brothers utilize themes of paranoia and fear as the films greatest strength, the Hitchcock-ian style of always being watched or “played with” is integrated with lore that feels more fantasy over horror definitely helps The Wretched become distinct. The viewers are never given the opportunity to fully see this evil, or in this case a Witch, instead we are given visual cues from the atmosphere and settings from within the town that allow the feeling of dread to embrace the thematic of the film. This especially takes place when Abbie begins to feel the effects of the Witch.

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‘The Wretched’ IFC Midnight

As an effects nerd the highlight from The Wretched for me would be it’s utilization of practical effects. As stated I will be writing a spoiler review which means I will not be going into detail in regards to every practical effect in the film, however the usage of said effects in with bones and gore enforce a familiar, yet new take on horror creatures. Unlike many modern practical effects, there does not appear to be any computer-generated touch-ups done to the creatures, this brilliantly creating a sense of likeness that is nostalgic of older horror films.
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‘The Wretched’ IFC Midnight

Spoiler Review To Follow.

Score: 7 / 10.

In theaters, cable VOD and rental on digital platforms May 1st.

Chris Nugent

Chris Nugent is a pop culture writer for Up Your Geek. He is a BBA Graduate and student of film from Mount Royal University in Canada. He has spent the last three years administrating and writing for different entertainment pages and websites. Chris enjoys travelling to different Cons and Expos around the world and hopes to one day host one of these events.

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