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The Wretched (2020)



Critic Consensus: 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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Following his parents' separation, a rebellious teenage boy, Ben, is sent to live with his father for the summer and work at the local marina in order to gain some form of discipline. The idyllic tourist town offers little solace for him, however, as he is forced to deal with the local, privileged teens and his father's new girlfriend. Ben's problems grow increasingly disturbing when he makes a chilling discovery about the family renting the house next door. A malevolent spirit from the woods has taken a hold of the parents and starts playing a sinister game of house, preying upon the children and wiping away any trace of their existence. Ben's suspicions of the supernatural horrors go unheeded and he launches a perilous crusade in order to put an end to the skin-walking witch's reign of terror. Chilling and suspenseful, THE WRETCHED offers a modern update to the retro young hero's mission like that of The Goonies, and promises to make viewers wary of every dark corner they encounter after witnessing its terrifying tale.

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Piper Curda
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All Critics (110) | Top Critics (19)

There's a good balance of firmness and entertaining. Creepy thrills and atmospheric chills, for a pretty modest horror film I thought it did the job pretty well.

May 11, 2020 | Full Review…

There's something appealing about its modest ambitions, with its cast of unknowns, relative low stakes and retro jump scares.

May 11, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

A non-frightening muddle.

May 6, 2020 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

A sharp tale about all kinds of things, particularly about the loss of family and the search for community. It's an interesting, scary little movie.

May 4, 2020 | 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…
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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…
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