The Dark and the Wicked (2020) - Rotten Tomatoes

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The Dark and the Wicked (2020)




Critic Consensus: The Dark and the Wicked delivers on its title with an unsettling horror story whose deep dread and bleak outlook further compound its effective jolts.

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On a secluded farm, a man is slowly dying. Bedridden and fighting through his final breaths, his wife is slowly succumbing to overwhelming grief. To help their mother and say goodbye to their father, siblings Louise (Marin Ireland) and Michael (Michael Abbott Jr.) return to their family farm. It doesn't take long for them to see that something's wrong with mom, though-something more than her heavy sorrow. Gradually, as their own grief mounts, Louise and Michael begin suffering from a darkness similar to their mother's, marked by waking nightmares and a growing sense that something evil is taking over their family.


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All Critics (44) | Top Critics (4)

[Bertino's] evocation of a familiar, domestic world mysteriously sliding into chaos feels all the more blood-curdling because the protagonists' distress and helplessness are emotionally relatable.

September 18, 2020 | Full Review…
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It's merciless in its efficiency.

September 9, 2020 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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[Ireland's] the kind of scream queen we need these days - emotive, real, deeply human - even if "The Dark and the Wicked" doesn't always rise up to meet her powers.

September 4, 2020 | Rating: C | Full Review…

An unsettling movie that is more admirably brutal than it is outright scary, though it's certainly the work of a horror filmmaker who is ripping out their heart so that we can relate.

September 3, 2020 | Full Review…

A film about how the masclisme is between us and how horrifying it is. A must in the contemporary cinema. [Full review in Spanish]

October 16, 2020 | Rating: 3.75/5 | Full Review…

Unsettling, starkly personal, and undeniably powerful

October 14, 2020 | Full Review…

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