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The Wretched (2020)

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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
as Mallory
Zarah Mahler
as AbbieAbbie
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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…
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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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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.

April 30, 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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