The Wretched

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Videos & Photos

  • Official Trailer
  • Trailer 1

Movie Info & Cast

Synopsis

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. 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.

Cast

  • John-Paul Howard
  • Piper Curda
  • Jamison Jones
  • Azie Tesfai
  • Zarah Mahler
  • Kevin Bigley
  • Gabriela Quezada Bloomgarden
  • Richard Ellis
  • Blane Crockarell
  • Judah Abner Paul

Did You Know?

Trivia

  • 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.
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Verified Review

It was a pretty good horror movie. Pretty typical but entertaining and that is the whole point of movies. It originally premiered July 2019 and just appeared in some theaters since there are no other new movies to show since COVID-19 quarantine.

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Steve R

Metacritic

79
May 7, 2020

It’s an honest to goodness real movie with a mind of its own; practical FX work and creature design help, too, as essential to what distinguishes The Wretched from its influences as the Pierce brothers’ writing.

Andrew Crump
Paste Magazine
70
May 6, 2020

The Wretched's endeavor to meld a junior mystery with some pretty extreme horror works more than it doesn't, but ultimately neither side of this narrative coin gets explored as much as it should. Despite this, as a well shot and admirably executed thriller, it's a good entry into the catalogue of on-the-cheap scares.

Metacritic review by Matt Fowler
Matt Fowler
IGN
70
Apr 21, 2020

There's enough solid internal logic mixed in with the murky ambiguities to keep The Wretched far more compelling than its generic title might suggest. The filmmakers are working to a formula, but they definitely have fun with it, which is contagious.

Metacritic review by David Rooney
David Rooney
The Hollywood Reporter