Teenager Ben (John Paul Howard) is still getting used to his parents’ recent divorce, making a summer stay with his father in a small coastal town a little tense and embarrassing. It doesn’t help that popular kids aren’t welcome or that dad’s back in the dating game. But then Ben notices that something very strange is going on next door; something bad is going on with the woman’s skin and she is chasing the children of the residents. Too bad nobody believes Ben. He’ll have to fight this evil alone.
Written/guided by Brett and Drew T. Pierce (Deadheads), The Wretched, thanks to Ben’s voyeuristic tendencies and paranoia, presents a familiar fairy tale in the spirit of Disturbia or Rear Window, but at the same time gives it a dark fairy-tale makeup with a unique characteristic of a creature adopted by a witch. From the sinister sequence of discoveries that took place 35 years before the most important events in history, to the first appearance of this terrible learning witch, there is a clear novelty in the mythology of this seemingly refreshing creature.
The Pierce brothers don’t waste time being put off by the way their witch eats children, but they also take the time to create their characters. Ben feels like a full-fledged teenager, with his head on his shoulders but still too reckless in his decision making. He spends his days at his father’s yard, where he comes into conflict with other teenagers while befriending his colleague Mallory (Piper Curda). As we get to know Ben and the characters around him, we become more involved in his research into strange activities in the neighborhood. So the stakes are higher.
Of course, this creature is the biggest attraction of this funny horror movie, and a witch is worth going in alone. Terrible make-up and visual effects give a terrifying and monstrous image of a classic witch. Someone deeply immersed in nature and the origins of folklore. Le Misérable sounds like a modern fairy tale. It also means it’s not as bloody or scary as the trailer suggests.
No matter how exciting and interesting the methodology of this particular witch is, a third drop of information from the act, which should force Ben to a final confrontation with the creature, evokes the impulse to stop. Although this is clever in theory, the revealed key element raises questions that are much more complicated than the answers and obscures from one moment to the next everything we thought we knew about the witch. Yet the story of the climax is fascinating, and it’s not big enough to ruin the entertainment trip that took place earlier, but it overshadows the otherwise simple and neat story.
Although this key point in the unveiling of the third act weakens the conclusion of this unique story, The Wretched still has much to offer. It is a new creature with many stories, offering excellent work with special effects and a well-planned story that you don’t have to get bored with. The Pierce brothers have invented a new dark fairy tale that the midnight crowd will love.
Misérable is now available in VOD
Editor’s note : This fantasy magazine was originally published on the 22nd. July 2019.
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