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REVIEW: ‘The Dark and the Wicked’

The Dark and the Wicked

Arriving with a ton of hype is Bryan Bertino’s horror ‘The Dark and the Wicked’ which officially arrived on November 6th after an impressive run at the Fantastion International Film Festival, courtesy of RLJE Films.

Starring Marin Ireland, Michael Abbot Jr., and Julie Oliver-Touchstone, the film tells the story of: “Plagued by waking nightmares, two siblings suspect that something evil is taking over their family at an isolated farmhouse.”

A slow developing, plodding terror that was creatively woven to tell a tale of torment, evil, and eventual breaking, Bertino’s film approaches horror without a reliance on hollow jump-scares, but instead on crafty a sensible story that implants terror into the viewer’s head as the film rolls on.

While it won’t appease the need for clip-worthy scares, it will certainly leave a lasting impression. Give this movie time and patience, and you are likely to feel rewarded when the final credits are rolling.

Lasting images, particularly of Oliver-Touchtone’s dead character (mother), will only further drive home the true terror of the film.

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A slow developing, plodding terror that was creatively woven to tell a tale of torment, evil, and eventual breaking, Bertino's film approaches horror without a reliance on hollow jump-scares, but instead on crafty a sensible story that implants terror into the viewer's head as the film rolls on.
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