The Dark and the Wicked Reviews



  • The Dark and the Wicked
    • Genre : Horror
    • Release Date :
    • MPAA Rating : -
    • Duration : 95 minute(s)
    • Production Budget : -
    • Studio : RLJ Entertainment
    • Official Site : -
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Movie Reviews

  • there's little that's new in Bertino's Texas spooker, but an emotionally literate script and clever direction give it an edge; Bertino directs with such technical flair that I yelped at most of them - and half-missed the others, eyes squeezed tight shut
    3 of 5 by Cath Clarke [The Guardian ]
  • the horror is intrinsic to a family coping with grief and loss, but it's heightened to a horrifying degree thanks to Bertino's distinct style and his twisted vision of evil. It makes for a volatile, frightening viewing experience steeped in nihilism
    4.5 of 5 by Meagan Navarro [Bloody Disgusting ]
  • the familial tension lying just below the surface, threatening to come to a head, anchors Bryan Bertino's film in an eerie and absorbing reality that serves as the perfect stage for the more shocking scares, especially the horrifying ending
    by Becca James [Chicago Reader ]
  • Ireland's ability to deliver maximum emotion without falling into hammy gimmicks elevates the film; She's the kind of scream queen we need these days (emotive, real, deeply human) even if The Dark and the Wicked doesn't always rise up to meet her powers
    Review rate : C by Kate Erbland [IndieWire ]
  • deeply unsettling; The ambient sound design, disturbing musical score, disorienting visuals and subtle special effects add immeasurably to the overall impact, but it's Marin Ireland's shattering performance that truly gives the film its gripping power
    by Frank Scheck [The Hollywood Reporter ]
  • Bryan Bertino's subtle horror fuses real-life situations of bereavement and loneliness with demonic invasion, instilling fear by suggestion and imagination
    by Maggie Lee [Variety ]
  • a frightening and emotionally fraught horror movie; Ambiguous and allusive, "The Dark and the Wicked" feels saturated in helpless misery and nerve-clanging dread
    by Jeannette Catsoulis [New York Times ]
  • "The Dark and the Wicked" pulls no punches, either in its sense of perpetual unease, its occasional moments of understated yet truly stomach-churning gore, or in its emotional heft
    by Richard Whittaker [Austin Chronicle ]
  • "The Dark and the Wicked" is an impressively sustained freak-out; This supernatural fable elevates the subtext of Bryan Bertino‚Äôs earlier work to the level of text
    2.5 of 4 by Chuck Bowen [Slant Magazine ]
  • "The Dark and the Wicked" doesn't follow the usual horror-movie rules. And that's a good thing; That randomness keeps the film from being predictable; It isn't exactly terrifying, but is well-acted and sinister enough to rise above the pack
    by Michael Ordona [Los Angeles Times ]

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