The Wretched

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The Wretched stirs up a savory blend of witch-in-the-woods horror ingredients that should leave genre fans hungry for a second helping from writer-directors Brett and Drew T. Pierce.

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A defiant teenage boy, struggling with his parent's imminent divorce, faces off with an old witch who has possessed the neighbor next door.

Cast & Crew

Zarah Mahler
Abbie
Kevin Bigley
Ty
Richard Ellis
Gage
Blane Crockarell
Dillon
Judah Abner Paul
Nathan
Brett Pierce
Screenwriter
Drew T. Pierce
Screenwriter
Willis King
Executive Producer
Lanier Porter
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Leman Porter
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Conor Murphy
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Critic Reviews for The Wretched

All Critics (108) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (81) | Rotten (27)

  • A non-frightening muddle.

    May 6, 2020 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • "The Wretched" doesn't reinvent the rules, but it has a timeliness to it that's hard to shake.

    May 4, 2020 | Rating: B | Full Review…

    Eric Kohn

    indieWire
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  • If this really was some lost relic of the VHS era, it'd pass the blind rental test: There is a witch, and she's as creepy as the box art would surely promise.

    May 4, 2020 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

    A.A. Dowd

    AV Club
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  • The Wretched doesn't work as either comfort food or gross-out entertainment.

    May 1, 2020 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Equally indebted to Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg and a mishmash of '80s horror films only the directors themselves could comprehensively name-check, "The Wretched" is a fresh horror film built out of familiar parts.

    May 1, 2020 | Full Review…
  • It's a development worthy of M. Night Shyamalan, but they've run out of runway and there's only enough room left to battle the witch.

    April 30, 2020 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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  • 5d ago
    I was stoked for The Wretched as it was one of the first mainstream movies released straight to VOD after a month of pandemic lockdown. It started great ... the usual horror-movie prologue was gripping and disturbing. The story was intriguing and mildly original with a "Rear Window" sub-plot that works well. And the creature effects were outstanding. Unfortunately, the lead protagonist was dull and annoyingly selfish to the point that it dragged most of the movie down with him, redemption arc notwithstanding.
    Mark B Super Reviewer
  • Jun 08, 2020
    Very reminiscent of Fright Night, this movie feels like a lost relic to 80s coming-of-age movies and horror-next-door thrillers, and it's generally great. We follow a teenager who is staying with his father over the summer; he's also recovering after a drug-related accident. He's convinced that his neighbor is really a witch who kills children and then fiendishly erases the memory of those children from the families she has inserted herself into. Nobody will believe him, especially with his past drug abuse, so he takes it upon himself to investigate the strange goings on, Rear Window-style, and potentially save lives once the witch is forced to jump into a new host and terrorize a new family. The Wretched is barely 90 minutes long and is splendidly plotted with every scene being meaningful, advancing the plot, shading characters and conflicts, heightening the stakes and suspense. The new-kid-in-town and young crush story elements work as well as the creepy horror. Overall, it's a very fun movie that can switch modes when needed, being funny or sincere or spooky, and it does each with great finesse and execution. Writer-directors Brett and Drew Pierce (Deadheads) have a great affection for their characters as well as their material. It shows in the level of thought they give even small details, finding clever ways to serve payoffs as well as work emotional investment into a briskly told tale. There's a very late twist that I should have seen coming but made me want to start clapping, and it works entirely within the carefully set-up rules of the supernatural monster and supplies an organic elevation to the stakes. I only wish the movie had given me even more. The Wretched is a charming throwback and proof positive that you don't need to reinvent the wheel to make a good horror movie, just keep to a vision and see through the story to best serve and elevate that vision. It's well worth your 90 minutes and I predict bigger things ahead for the Pierce brothers. Nate's Grade: B+
    Nate Z Super Reviewer

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