The Wretched Review: A Disgustingly Terrific Film For Horror Fans


The Wretched jumps in with both feet from the beginning. Although slow in the middle, it is a dark and twisted horror film filled with gore that surprised me and a must watch!

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I love horror movies but let’s be honest here, they usually start off really slow. Almost always there is some type of long buildup before we get into the creepy stuff. One of my favorite things about movies of this genre is the gore, suspense, and the evil. If I am going to take the time to watch a horror film, I want to be scared and anxious the whole time. The Wretched did get a little slow in the middle, but it made up for it with the beginning and end.

The fact that I was sucked into this movie so quickly, is what helped me get past the slow portions. There is always a need for build up in a movie like this, and I was OK with it. Especially because in between the build up, we got a creepy and distorted witch and gore.

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Since there is a teenage boy, he is basically required to go to a party and get drunk with some girl he thought was pretty. Of course, he vomits on her, and then goes skinny dipping with a different girl. Once we got past all that, it became a great movie. 

The Wretched has a bit of a rear window feel to it, but is so much better. Which says a lot because that is a fantastic movie. There is suspense, violence, a major twist, and a child eating witch — what more could you ask for?

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Disgustingly Terrific

I love blood, guts, and gore — and The Wretched certainly delivered on that aspect. If you have a weak stomach this movie might not be for you. There are plenty of moments with child eating, bloody faces, and literal guts. Yea, it is awesome. 

Toward the end we get some close up witch eating a child shots and they are pretty fantastic, if you are into that sort of thing. We start with one right off the bat of the film and it is a great way to get you hyped for what is yet to come.

The witch itself is pretty freaky when you see her in her true form. Toward the end, you see her teeth pulling on tendons like a raccoon eating trash… and it is awesome. Again, if you are into that sort of thing.

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That Twisted Ending Though!

Horror movies are known for something else other than a slow start — being predictable. At least to me. Very rarely does a scary movie actually get something by me. And The Wretched did. 

Just when I thought I knew exactly what was going to happen, there was a twist that genuinely shocked me. I actually got mad at myself for not picking up on it — and went back and watched the movie again to see the subtle hints (which were fantastically placed).

However, I did see the very ending coming from a mile away. Doesn’t mean I didn’t love it though! Perhaps we will get sequel? I am here for it!

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Overall Thoughts

The Wretched starts off with gore and terror, which is exactly how I like my horror films. Although the middle gets a bit bogged down by the teenage boy sneaks off to a party bit, it doesn’t last too long. The acting makes most of the characters genuinely believable and I found myself rooting for the main characters to defeat that evil wood witch. 

Was it too gory? Some might think so, but I LOVED it (I can be dark like that). The twist towards the end solidified this as one of my favorite horror films – easily in my top ten. If you are a horror fan, a REAL horror fan, this movie is for you.

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About The Wretched

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 ahold 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.

The Wretched will be available to watch at select Drive-Ins and VOD on May 1st.

The Wretched will be opening on May 1st at the following Drive-In theaters:

King Drive-In // Russellville, AL
West Wind Glendale Drive-In // Glendale, AZ
West Wind Sacramento Drive-In // Sacramento, CA
Mission Tiki Drive In // Montclair, CA
Ocala Drive-In // Ocala, FL
Starlight Drive-In Theatre // Atlanta, GA
Raleigh Road Outdoor Theatre // Henderson, NC
Highway 21 Drive-In // Beaufort, SC
Stardust Drive-In Theatre // Watertown, TN
Tascosa Drive-In Theater // Amarillo, TX
Galaxy Drive-In Theatre // Ennis, TX
Hollywood Cinema // Martinsville, VA

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