Technically this was the #1 theatrical film in North America for five weeks in May 2020, though this was by virtue of being one of the only films playing, as most theaters were closed and most films were out of circulation due to the coronavirus pandemic. See more »
Earlier in the film Ben is playing Connect 4 with his father. He plays his turn dropping a red disc into the grid but he already had won (there's a diagonal line of four red pieces next to his move). However, there's a possibility he did not see it or call it. See more »
The Wretched is a lovely looking movie. Nicely acted and shot, with decent, practical special effects. I struggled with the story, which was ultimately a bit un-interesting.
Ben visits his father at a lakeside town. Some kind of demon-thing lives under a tree and has the power to cast a spell on people such that they 'forget' about the existence of loved ones around them. Paranoia sets in for Ben when neighbours are acting strangely ...
It's a well-edited mainstream pleaser but hanging off a story which doesn't add up very well. Some elements are great but it feels like another short that has prematurely evolved into a lacking feature, devoid of tension and scares.
It was well-received at FrightFest; I felt I was in the minority who didn't quite get it. If you're a fan of spooky, ghost/wraith type horror, it's entirely possible you might enjoy The Wretched. I didn't dislike it but nor did I take much away from it.
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