Rent The Wicked (2013)

2.3 of 5 from 99 ratings
1h 40min
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Synopsis:
It is a bedtime story every kid in the small town of Summerset has heard but never believed, but this year is different. Seven year old Amanda is abducted from her bedroom, rumours swirl, the witch has returned. 18 year old Zach and his friends decide to sneak into the woods and find the mysterious old house where the legendary witch supposedly lives. They all soon discover that folklore isn't always myth and that bedtime stories sometimes come true. Zach and his friends find themselves trapped in the witch's lair. Is there any escape from 'The Wicked' once the spell has been cast?
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Marvin Towns Jr., Couni Young
Writers:
Michael Vickerman
Studio:
101 Films
Genres:
Horror, Thrillers
BBFC:
Release Date:
10/06/2013
Run Time:
100 minutes
Languages:
English
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Making Of 'The Wicked'
BBFC:
Release Date:
10/06/2013
Run Time:
101 minutes
Languages:
English
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
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Bonus:
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Making Of 'The Wicked'

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Reviews (1) of The Wicked

Spoilers follow ... - The Wicked review by NP

Spoiler Alert
29/08/2017

This reminds me very much of the Nancy Drew television series from the late 1970’s, but with a sprinkling of sporadic gore. Panic sets in in a small town when a little girl is taken from her bed late one night. Legends of a witch (Cassie Keller) living in the woods abound, so it probably isn’t wise to go searching for that very house – especially if you’re ‘a group of friends’ who think it might be a good idea to throw stones through the windows.

The teenage ensemble are less obnoxious than similar teen-casts, and the performances are quite good. There’s even a suggestion of diversity, when one girl (Sammy, played by Diana Weston) is rumoured to be a lesbian – she isn’t. The ‘scares’ are pure cut-price CGI Disney, despite some spookily set-up scenes.

Late on, when the witch captures some of the youngsters, their fate is more than faintly bizarre and might succeed in raising a smile rather than have you fearing for their lives. Looking like a cowled Darth Maul before slowly becoming more beautiful (and far more effective) the more her victims are drained, her reveal coincides with events succumbing to the familiar slasher format.

It’s a very odd project, is ‘The Wicked’. It’s a horror film, but seemingly made by people who have no idea what makes horror work. It isn’t down to a lack of budget, as apparently $1.5 was spent on this. It’s a world where the law enforcers are blatant pantomime bad boys, where there is plenty of dry ice and sinister music but absolutely no atmosphere and despite the characters screaming and panicking enthusiastically, it isn’t in the least bit frightening. Not without merit, this doesn’t really deliver the goods as the horror film it sets out to be.

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