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Something Wicked (2014)

As a young couple embarks upon their wedding plans, gruesome secrets from their past collide with sinister forces of the present to ensure these newlyweds do not live "happily-ever-after."

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Darin Scott

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Joe Colleran (screenplay), Joseph Mungra (story)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Brittany Murphy ... Susan / Psychiatrist
Shantel VanSanten ... Christine / James's fiancee
Julian Morris ... Ryan
James Patrick Stuart ... Bill
John Robinson ... James / Christine's fiance
Robert Blanche ... John
Katie O'Grady ... Erica
October Moore ... Donna
Patricia Malley Thacher ... Cop #2 (as Patricia Malley)
Lance Rosen ... Doug
Jerry L. Buxbaum ... Ed / Campus security
Mona Leigh ... Sheriff's Secretary
Megan Lee Joy ... Nurse #1
Gilberto Martin del Campo ... Cop #1
Betty Moyer Betty Moyer ... Ellen
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As a young couple embarks upon their wedding plans, gruesome secrets from their past collide with sinister forces of the present to ensure these newlyweds do not live "happily-ever-after." Written by producer

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Love is a tragedy waiting to happen. See more »


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Rated R for violence, sexuality and language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 April 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Algo Maligno See more »

Filming Locations:

Eugene, Oregon, USA See more »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Merchant Films See more »
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The Pioneer Mother statue on the Univ. of Oregon campus can be glimpsed who was erected looking across the street at the Pioneer Father statue, this at a time when women were first admitted and the street between them was a line dividing the men's side from the women's side of the campus. The idea was they could look but not touch. Christine in the movie suspects her dead mother is trying to influence her from the grave to keep her apart from her boyfriend James. See more »

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Walks the line between made-for-TV movie and first-rate thriller; irresistibly fun
14 April 2014 | by drownnnsodaSee all my reviews

I have a soft spot for B-horror films— it's not just that I am usually very entertained by them, but I really just find them charming. Maybe I have an underdog complex. Regardless, I'm not even sure why I am dispensing this information, because I don't know if I can classify "Something Wicked" as a B-movie completely, given the relatively high production values and moderately well-known cast (including the late and great Brittany Murphy). Even if "Something Wicked" isn't a B-movie entirely, it feels like one, and works within this framework. The plot follows a young woman, Christine (Shantel VanSanten) who loses her parents in an accident; she survives, however, as does her boyfriend, James (John Robinson). Christine moves in with her older brother, Bill (James Patrick Stuart), a local cop, and his wife, psychologist Susan (Brittany Murphy), and attends the local university. She and James begin to plan a future together beginning with a marriage, but Christine begins experiencing personal attacks and believes herself to be haunted by demons of the past and stalked by a real-life attacker. Where does Christine's truth lie?

It is without question that the main reason "Something Wicked" is even seeing the light of day at Regal Cinemas right now is because it marks Brittany Murphy's final performance before her untimely death. Had Murphy not passed away, the film would likely have been relegated to the land of straight-to-DVD Redbox specials, but it is currently having an extremely limited theatrical run in the Pacific Northwest, and is one of the few indie films to surface in quite some time from my beautiful home state of Oregon (it was filmed in Eugene, a college town about three hours south of Portland, where I am from). And you know what? I'm glad the film is playing in a mainstream cinema, no matter how limited. It's just a shame that it took Murphy's death to get it there.

The reasons behind the film's delay are ambiguous (it was filmed in 2009), but regardless, what we have here is a no-holds-barred indie horror thriller that is not quite serious enough to be taken at face value, but classy enough that it cannot be dismissed by genre fans. The script plays with genre setups and conventions galore, but they don't appear as clichés because the film refuses to let them be— it walks the line between a made-for-TV movie and a first-rate thriller, which is bizarre, but also extremely absorbing for people who are into this kind of thing. As someone who watches these films all the time, I should have seen the plot twists coming, but I didn't— the script quickly throws the audience into a disorienting snake pit of red-herrings and spends the rest of its time clawing its way out to the conclusion. The performances in the film are also worth taking note of; Shantel VanSanten leads the film and is vulnerable and believable, paired with John Robinson ("Elephant") as her husband-to-be. James Patrick Stewart plays her (perhaps too) protective cop brother quite believably, and Julian Morris ("Cry_Wolf") appears as the ominous and sexy stalker boy on campus— and then of course there is Murphy, who is completely alive and engaging in all of her scenes, her range oscillating between upper-class psychologist and prescription-addled madwoman.

All this said, I don't know who the audience for "Something Wicked" is, as it's not flashy enough to attract a mainstream horror audience, and it is not something that has enough draw for the general public either. It perhaps has a niche market of diehards and B-horror fans like myself, as well as those who are ardent fans of Murphy's and want to see her last hurrah. At its heart, "Something Wicked" is nothing more than a self-aware indie horror flick with a series of twists and turns that aren't particularly profound, but I'll be damned if they don't make for an enjoyable and entertaining ninety minutes. If Murphy's untimely death gave us anything, it was the chance for an earnest and underrepresented indie horror film such as this to see the light of day— no matter how small or large that may be. 7/10.


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