The Dark and the Wicked
Directed by Bryan Bertino
On a secluded farm, a man is bedridden and fighting through his final breaths while his wife slowly succumbs to overwhelming grief. Siblings Louise and Michael return home to help, but it doesn’t take long for them to see that something’s wrong with mom—something more than her heavy sorrow. Gradually, they begin to suffer a darkness similar to their mother’s, marked by waking nightmares and a growing sense that an evil entity is taking over their family. A SHUDDER EXCLUSIVE.
An evil entity takes over a family in this horrifying new tale from the director of The Strangers.
Cast: Marin Ireland, Michael Abbott Jr., Julie Oliver-Touchstone
Alright fear factor, but generally slow with an unfocused theme and conclusion.
Atmospheric and jumpy. This movie pulls themes from a complicated family dynamic.
Extremely overrated film. The only positives are the good cinematography and acting. The ambiguity and themes of grief and loss are forced and pretentious. The gore is so over the top and ridiculous that it comes off like a cheap 80s slasher trying to be funny. I’m assuming that you have to be Christian or had a Christian upbringing to find this film remotely scary. And that ending. Wow. One of the worst endings of a film I’ve seen in years!
Honestly just an average movie. It’d be a 1 or 2 but it has a very good atmosphere and suitable creepy soundtrack and noises. The acting was pretty good overall and it definitely was scary in parts but it felt like the director wanted it both ways with a story about grief but was to afraid to commit and put in a lot of supernatural, “bump in the night,” goings on to very plainly show that it’s some demon or such going after whoever steps foot on the property (especially in the end). Speaking of ending it doesn’t have one. It just kinda stops.
this movie wasn't bad because i kind of like the mood ("the night house" is better though, mood/atmosphere wise) but i don't understand what was the point of the movie lol like the sister dies trying to stay by the father's side but the brother actually left as instructed & he still died... i guess it's a nice change for the devil wanting adults' & old people's souls instead of a newborn lol