The Dark and Wicked - Premieres 2021
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.
Rented this on Amazon Prime because I didn’t want to wait!! This was a great horror flick & was creepy AF!!
I've seen this in advance an can definitely recommend if you enjoy understated, creeping horror over other variants of the genre. The performances carry the dread and awful conflict of remaining with a dying relative on their (literal) deathbed, despite the possible danger to themselves and their loved ones. The jumpscares are few and the use of visual and narrative space is excellent. The performances are also very good, and I will probably re-watch again one day because of this. However, I wish I could give this film 3 and a half, instead of four, because it doesn't quite make it to a rating of 5 but is better than average and I still recommend it. My rating is due to the final section of the film letting it down. It's sad how many excellent horror films fall over themselves like this. While the bulk of the film is well-made and similar to The Wind (2018) or Relic (2020), it feels like the creators ran out of time or money or focus or all three before reaching the last section, and while they manage to re-tighten the last few minutes quite well, it still may feel like too little too late, given some of the choices. Still, generally very good considering it's a very well-made low-budget horror film, especially if you enjoyed the two movies I mentioned in the previous paragraph. Just don't expect an entirely satisfactory resolution. Also, the shudder image here gives what I would call a misleading impression of the kind of film it really is, so I'm not sure why the creators of the movie have chosen this option. But they're the creators so they can do whatever they like, I guess.
The first 99% of the movie is engrossing, grotesque, and full of unique takes on common tropes that prove fresh in the horror genre. Though the visual style, plot setup, and setting are very simple, they allow the director to focus on hard-hitting and well executed scenes that create a strong sense of dread. This dread isn't handled as well as Ari Aster might have, but it is much more successfully wielded than most movies. Additionally, the quick pacing (for this type of movie), which is present throughout the whole movie, really works well in the first 2 acts. However, the quick pacing and the overall simplicity begins to fall apart towards the end. Things simply continue to happen without any evident logic or consequences, the characters never seem to get any wiser to the situation, and scenes which could have been drawn out for great affect are rushed through or marred by cheap gimmicks unsuited to a good movie like this. The same things which were happening in the beginning of the movie simply continue to happen and then the movie ends. Whereas movies such as the Witch, Hereditary, or The Ritual grow and build towards an explosive ending, The Dark and Wicked simply lets the fire smolder. The main set pieces of the house, the daughter, and the comatose father have no evident development throughout and in the end none of it matters. This could itself have been turned into a perfectly dreadful nihilistic ending, but the director chose... otherwise. I won't spoil the end, but the end spoiled it for me. Definitely worth a watch, definitely well made and I definitely look forward to the director's next movie. Unfortunately, the final act fell flat and kind of took the rest of the movie with it.
Best horror film I’ve ever seen.
Awesome. Has a Hereditary kinda feel. Original plot, believable, great acting . Spooky. First ten mins is slow but stay w it.