The Dark And The Wicked (2020)

On a secluded farm in a nondescript rural town, a man is slowly dying. His family gathers to mourn, and soon a darkness grows, marked by waking nightmares and a growing sense that something evil is taking over the family.

The Dark And The Wicked is another one that really surprised me, on the surface it may seem like your typical ghost who haunts a house but it’s much more then that! First off it should be noted that it’s directed by Bryan Bertino director of The Strangers (incredible film), Mockingbird and The Monster (which is pretty good Mockingbird however is very disposable) If it’s one thing that Bertino masters in it’s making a situation seem as life like as possible. With The Strangers you got that throughout the film, in The Dark And The Wicked you definitely get some moments like that, it truly is a pretty creepy film that’s very atmospheric. The acting overall is pretty solid Marin Ireland and Michael Abbott Jr both do a fantastic job in their roles, the writing feels raw in a lot of moments where the film is most effective. The setting of the film also really adds to it as well, it adds to the overall creepiness and atmosphere. Bertino takes a very simple premise and manages to make it very interesting which can not be said for some other modern haunting movies, overall this is definitely Bertino’s best film since The Strangers and I’m really excited to see what he does next.

9/10 A

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