2020 / 95m - USA
The Dark and the Wicked poster


May 27, 2021


With The Dark and the Wicked Bryan Bertino proves that he is one of the modern masters of moody slow burn horror. It's not quite as good as his previous one, but if you're looking for a dark and uncomfortable film that continuously raises the tension without feeling the need to serve a lengthy, obvious reveal, this comes strongly recommended.

Louise and Michael come to visit their mom. She lives on a remote farm and takes care of their dad, who can't get out of bed anymore. She tells them she doesn't need the help, but the next day she cuts off her own fingers and hangs herself in the barn. Louise and Michael decide to stay at the farm to take care of their dad, but it doesn't take long before they come face to face with a dark evil.

It's a rather slow film and people looking for lots of noisy jump scares will probably be disappointed. On the other hand, if you're craving tense and freaky scenes that build up slowly to a dark climax then you're good to go. Performances are solid, the cinematography is excellent, and the score is appropriate. Prime horror filler.