Something Wicked (2014) (DVD Review)
Directed By: Darin Scott
Starring: Brittany Murphy, John Robinson, Shantel VanSanten
Rated: R/Region: 1/Widescreen/Number of disc: 1
Available from Arc
As a young couple embarks upon their wedding plans, gruesome secrets from their past collide with sinister forces of the present to ensure these newlyweds do not live “happily-ever-after.”
It is probably better to be infamous than famous on some days. Like, even if it isn’t for the best reason, it might be better to at least be known for something rather than to be forgotten. Had it not been for the horrible death of Brittany Murphy, and the fact it took about five or more years for this movie to get made for it to finally be released and be known as her last released film, then people probably would have let the release of Something Wicked float out into the great beyond of straight to DVD horror releases and keep drifting. With a fate of only being watched by folks who, like me, review films and those who casually pick-up random stuff here and there. That being said, I didn’t hate the movie. Now don’t get me wrong, there is more logic and plot holes than Swiss cheese here, but it has some charm to it, or at least I was able to find some in a movie that most seem to dislike. The movie shocks me by having a leading lady (Shantel VanSanten) that holds your attention, if not by her acting (probably not her acting here), then by her flaunting of what God gave her in a sexual but still a bit classy for what you get here way. If you find it hard at all to pay much attention to our “going through the motions” cast, you will at least take the time to notice her. Brittany Murphy, I’m sad to say fits in that group of floating through, as she doesn’t do her best work, but it is still Brittany Murphy and was nice to see her pop-up in something sorta new just because. The film actually tries to use the horror side of things for the best part, minus some CGI spots, with some blood here and there. They even try to at least set-up some cool horror driven shots, even if the rest doesn’t fly as well for us the viewers.
The plot is all sorts of silly. Everyone seems to have something major wrong with them in one way or another, most of it is set aside or never really dealt with. The twists and turns it tosses at us are perhaps not predicted but expected in some ways and end up in a whole lot of other ways rather silly. I know it sounds like I’m really beating up on this darn thing, but even with all the bad in the movie (and we have some bad), the damn thing still manages to maintain your attention from start to finish and shock you with some nice moments here and there. I mean the movie really plays the field in a number of ways and with a number of possible scenarios and while the results can be a mess to hit and miss, it still despite its own self remains an entertaining mess far more times than not. I’m not saying rush out to Wal-Mart, click over to Amazon, or whatever to immediately see this movie. I’m not saying rush out and buy it. I’m just saying that if the right circumstances come before you and you have the chance to get it on the cheap or just find it somewhere to watch, that you might not have as awful of a time as you’d probably expect. I wouldn’t at all call this film as a whole the brightest bulb in the box, but you can tell someone at least tried with it. That is more than can be said with a whole lot of stuff like this we see coming out these days. Maybe the final score is a bit high, but think of it as your over-hyper pet dog that is really trying to learn to be house broken and he tries to make it outside before it messes and just doesn’t make it. The score here is the equivalent of giving that dog a pat on the head and saying, “I know you at least tried, buddy”.