The Wretched

The Wretched – Horror, Thriller
Category – Movie


Content – This film is billed as horror, I saw it more as a thriller. The “wretched” is a female being that lives under a huge tree, and can encompass anything alive (animals and humans). She makes people forget their children so she can feed on them. Ben figures out pretty quickly that their is something just not right with his new neighbors. And when the little boy Dillon disappears and the husband says he’s never had children, Ben goes on a mission to figure out what is happening. It gets serious when his friend Mallory does not remember her little sister Lily, and she goes missing. Although no one, including his dad and his new girlfriend, believe him, Ben does not give up. Towards the end, there is a twist that I never saw coming (which I’m pretty good at catching) and the film becomes even more intriguing. For an independent horror film, this movie is intelligent and very well made. There is very little gore, which is why I think of it more as a suspenseful thriller. And the special effects of the wretched are amazing! I was surprised and impressed by this creature feature! This scores a 9 out of 10.


Acting – I have not heard of any of the actors or actresses in this film. You often get that with independent movies, and then the acting fails with the low budget that often accompany’s such films. Well, not in The Wretched. Although I’ve never heard of these people, not one performance was bad or lacking. John-Paul Howard plays Ben, and as the lead of this movie, his portrayal is spot on. He’s a curious teenager, mad at his father for seeing someone new and isn’t overly enthused about being at dad’s house. But as these strange events start happening, he takes charge as the lead and so so with ease and perfection. Other notable stars are Jamison Jones, Piper Curda, and the first wretched victim, Zarah Mahler. Like I previously said, all the performances in this film were great, I’m highly impressed! Score is 9 out of 10.


Duration – 95 minutes and the movie flowed very well. There was never a slow moment or anything distracting from the point of the movie. Another good job! This gets a 9 out of 10.


TOTAL INDEX for The Wretched – 27 out of 30.


Recommended Watch – If you like the creature feature type of movie, this is 100% a definite watch!

Special shout out – To Eric Porn and Brian Wade for the creature special effects. They were absolutely scary and flawless – An absolute great job!

Madelyn Stunenkel as ‘€œThe Wretch’€ in Brett and Drew Pierce’€™s THE WRETCHED. Courtesy of IFC Midnight. An IFC Midnight Release.

4 thoughts on “The Wretched”

  1. Thanks for turning me on to this – I’m always on the lookout for good under the radar horror movies and thrillers, and you always do such a great job of shining a light on them. Looking forward to checking this movie out.

  2. Hum!! Normally not one I would watch, but you make it sound very interesting. The story line is very different. Thanks for reviewing this film. I will search it out!

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