The Wretched

The Wretched

The Wretched

While struggling to process his parents' divorce, a young lad confronts his next door neighbour who he suspects is possessed by a 1,000-year-old witch in this occult horror.

2019Rating: R1695 minsUSA
HorrorFestival & Independent

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The Wretched / Reviews

Flicks

Flicks, Steve Newall

Despite technically being a box office success story, joining the ranks of Titanic, Black Panther and The Sixth Sense with a six week run atop the US box office, The Wretched looks set to be relegated to footnotes and movie quiz questions as something of a trivia-friendly outlier. Having opened during the Covid-19 pandemic, the film has yet to break the $2 million mark Stateside, and you’re not going to find anything approaching “I see dead people” pop culture resonance in this functional if largely forgettable horror pic.

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Stuff

Stuff

Smart, affectionate, likeable and well-made movie, with a couple of extremely well-wrought scares to commend it.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

The narrative focus is frustratingly split between Ben’s family and Abbie’s, and the result is a non-frightening muddle.

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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

Rarely resorting to a cheap jump scare, the [directors] possess a casually tight grip on the fundamentals of horror.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

The film looks and sounds polished in every department, but special mention must go to the first-rate makeup effects that generate lots of bone-crunching, limb-popping body horror and decaying flesh, subtly enhanced with CGI.

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Variety

Variety

If originality isn’t a strong suit here, the film’s conviction and polish make that a minor sin.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

Blessed with shivery setups and freaky effects — here, skin-crawling is literal — The Wretched transforms common familial anxieties into flesh, albeit crepey and creeping.

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IGN

IGN

The Wretched's endeavor to meld a junior mystery with some pretty extreme horror works more than it doesn't, but ultimately neither side of this narrative coin gets explored as much as it should.

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IndieWire

IndieWire

“The Wretched” doesn’t reinvent the rules, but it has a timeliness to it that’s hard to shake.

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