Written and directed by the brilliant Pierce Brothers, who made the fantastic cult zoo-com Deadheads, and starring John-Paul Howard (last seen in horror comedy Snatchers) The Wretched is a fantastic thrill ride of a horror film perfect for genre fans.
A cross between Fright Night and The Witch, with a breathtakingly tense opening sequence and moments reminiscent of horror classic The Evil Dead; unsurprising considering the Pierce Brothers’ father, Bart, worked on the effects for that film.
In The Wretched a rebellious teenage boy, Ben, visiting his father for the summer makes a haunting discovery — A malevolent fiend from the deep woods stalks the young family living next door. Taking ahold of the mother, the creature begins playing a terrifying game of house while preying upon the local children. Alone in his suspicions, Ben launches into a perilous crusade to stop the wretched evil before it consumes everything he holds dear.
Below one half of the directing duo Brett Pierce talks about his favourite horror film:
“My absolute favorite horror film is John Carpenter and Debra Hill’s Halloween. I had a strange relationship with horror growing up. When I was two years-old I snuck into our basement curious about what my dad and his friends we’re doing down there on many a late night. I found myself watching a projection on the wall of the demonic meltdown from The Evil Dead. My father was the photographic effects artist on the film and he and Tom Sullivan had been tinkering down in the basement for months trying to give the ending a bang up finale. Seeing this traumatized me and from then on I had a paralyzing fear of horror films. I couldn’t watch them. They we’re beyond terrifying, they we’re real. I saw them in my basement!
Despite being terrified of them I was also now fascinated. It took me till my early teens to start watching them but that’s when I discovered Halloween and it was a game changer. Halloween made me want to make horror films. Why? Halloween is elegant, yes it is terrifying, but its storytelling at its finest and the more I watch it the more I fall in love. The POV’s, the music, the slow builds, Dean Cundey and those glorious wide shots! And Laurie Strode… I’ve never rooted more for somebody to get the damn keys out of their pocket and get inside the house. All of it’s movie magic and it was made on a shoe string budget by a bunch of renegade filmmakers who showed Hollywood what a real horror movie is.
Every time I step on set and get to make a film with my brother Halloween is in my head teaching me. Keep it simple, keep it scary, keep it fun. Horror movies have evolved quite a bit since Halloween’s release but every October 31st we’re reminded that Michael Myers’ owns us and morbidly we all wish he might be out there walking the streets of our neighborhood. I know I do. Thank you creepy childhood basement and thank you Halloween. You made a filmmaker out of me.”
Read our review HERE. The Wretched is available now on digital and the following platforms: Apple TV, Amazon, Sky Store, Virgin, Google Play, Playstation Store, Microsoft.