The Wretched (2019) (Blu-ray Review)

The Wretched (2019) (Blu-ray Review)

The Wretched (2019) (Blu-ray Review)

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The Wretched (2019) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Brett Pierce, Drew T. Pierce
Starring: John-Paul Howard, Piper Curda, Jamison Jones
Rated: UR/Region A/2.40/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from IFC Midnight

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 fathers new girlfriend. Bens 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. Bens suspicions of the supernatural horrors go unheeded and he launches a perilous crusade in order to put an end to the skin-walking witches 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.

A possible witch is causing havok and only a teen might be on to what is going on in the often bloody and mostly creepy film, The Wretched. No we’ve sorta seen this sort of plot before with Werewolves (Silver Bullet for example) and Vampires (Fright Night for another example), but we’ve never seen this done before with a witch! Or at least not as far as I can tell. The movie kicks off running really well with this witch having already taken over someone and we see the bloody results. We then go and introduce our characters, we learn what is going on with them, and then we head into the thick of things as this creepy witch seems to take over the body of the women next door to our teenage lead. There’s some interesting characters here and that takes things some of the way. I think the legit weird and freaky nature of things mixed with the visuals take things the rest of the way.

So, this one stays creepy and it brings some new stuff to the table. Or it at least brings a new side to some stuff we’ve kind of seen before but never like this. I like the cast, I like the witch enough to care if she gets stopped and this one ends up being really good but it falls short just a bit of being great. So, I will say you need to see this one but I won’t try to sell you on an idea of this being a masterpiece. But it is still really good for what it is. This disc comes with two commentaries and a never ending (or so it seems) list of trailers when you start the disc, but it’s a nice watch and it does manage to get a little tense and freaky where it needs to do so.


  • Commentary with The Pierce Brothers
  • Commentary with Composer Devin Burrows
  • Trailers

Quality of Transfer: 98%

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