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Toronto After Dark Review: ‘The Wretched’

October 16, 2019Ferdosa Abdi

In an impressive homage to horror classics like Invasion of the Body Snatchers and The Evil Dead, The Wretched is a confident and creative supernatural thriller that will surely get under your skin.

A compelling tale of terror that pays its dues to one of horror's most under-appreciated villains — the witch — the film follows a despondent young man reeling from his parents' divorce who decides to live with his father in a coastal town for the summer. This isn't the kind of glamorous, misunderstood witch that we as moviegoers have become accustomed to, however. This is a grotesque, animalistic and gruesome thousand-year-old creature. And when nobody listens to the trouble teen's warnings about the strange occurrences happening with his neighbors, he teams up with his new crush to stop all hell from breaking loose.

Doing an excellent job of making sure the nightmare unfolds in a proficient manner, second-time directors Brett and Drew Pierce effectively do what it needs to do to create the overall atmosphere, build the tension and move the story forward. And although the movie does stumble in its final act, The Wretched proves that the duo have a very bright future in the genre.

The Wretched makes its Toronto premiere at the 2019 Toronto After Dark Film Festival. Its runtime is 1 hr. 35 min.

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