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The Dark and the Wicked (2020) ★★★★

The Dark and the Wicked



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.


This movie is not only dark and wicked, it’s grim, bleak, morose, humorless, hopeless and most definitely unforgettable. All of these aforementioned traits are ingredients for a true hellish-horror cocktail. This is my second-time watching this movie and it climbed another 1/2-star in my rating.

The isolated ramshackle farmhouse in Texas where this film takes place is a perfect setting. From inside the house, you hear the creaks of the floors, the dry heat of the winds, and the incessant howling of the wolves which become symbolic with what’s taking place outside this family’s thinning walls. There is something so dire and universal about the lack of control we have as humans, susceptible to time, disease and darkness. We watch as our loved ones dwindle and perish. What overshadows these circumstances is love, and this film really puts that to the ultimate test in the end.

This is the opposite of a feel-good movie. At its core, is the essence of a bitter darkness which is supreme horror. The notion that evil just picks targets at random, no matter how good or bad one is, no matter what faith one keeps, is truly a terror this film displays too well.

The Dark and the Wicked is another stellar project directed by Bryan Bertino (The Strangers). If you’re a true fan of the many varieties of horror cinema, this is a movie that should definitely be in your library.

Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)

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