THE WICKED (2013) Reviews and overview of witch horror

 

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‘She feeds on your fear’

The Wicked is a 2013 American horror film about a group of teenagers who test the legend of an immortal witch. Unfortunately, they get more than they bargained for.

Directed by Peter Winther (Aftermath; PainkillersThe Librarian: Quest for the Spear) from a screenplay written by Michael Vickerman. Produced by Marvin Towns Jr. and Couni Young.

The movie stars Devon Werkheiser, Justin Deeley, Jess Adams and Jamie Kaler.

Reviews:

The Wicked is a well-shot film, but it is not an interesting film. Worthy of a one time watch, The Wicked does not stand out in the witch horror sub-genre, because it does not offer anything new or exciting. Instead, the usual cliches of witches stalking kids and other conventions do not do enough to keep the unexpected at bay.” 28 Days Later Analysis

“This film is an ambitious effort to take elements from genres such as coming of age, youthful rom-com, 1980s slasher/gore and especially the feel of traditional, classical folklore, round the campfire myths and tales carried through history. Ambitious? Yes, definitely. A successful witch’s brew concocted to perfection, a diverse mixture of several genres, tropes and expected qualities… well sorta.” Addicted to Horror Movies

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” …it’s a bit of a bore. Even during all of the killings, it remains a very lackluster movie. And it does in fact also takes a while for the killings and the movie its main villain to kick in. Before that point, the movie is an even slower and less interesting one to watch.” Boba_Fett1138

“The acting is well above average and the whole story of the urban legend plays out very well, there are some negative points including if only one of the gang broke a window why does the witch hunt them all? Also, the ending left me quite disappointed and at 100 minutes this could and really should have come in about 20 minutes lighter […] It is at times nasty, bloody and scary as hell but the comedic value and lighter moments really round it off nicely.” The Corpsegrinder

“Language and nudity have been hallmarks of horror for decades […] The Wicked would be an easy thumbs up if it were retooled for a younger demographic, which is what its story and presentation cry out for.  But since it wants to appeal to adult audiences instead, it has to be graded as such.  In that case, the TV look, teenaged tone, and terribly tame terror make this an easy thumbs down.” Culture Crypt

” …it’s a pretty good young teen horror film. The characters fit perfectly in the market model it was intended for and it keeps enough thrills churning to keep you plenty entertained […] The Wicked is entertaining horror with plenty of shocking twists! A great pick for an evening of horror, humor and chills…” Horror News

Cast and characters:

Devon Werkheiser … Max Reese
Justin Deeley … Zach Reese
Jess Adams … Julie Adams
Jamie Kaler … Deputy Karl Bryant
Caitlin Carmichael … Amanda Drake
Diana Hopper … Sammy
Jackelyn Gauci … Tracy
Chase Yi … Carter Evans (as Chase Maser)
Robert Young … Deputy Mahoney
Cassie Keller … The Witch
Nicole Forester … Terri Drake
Carlos Faison … Sergeant Reid
Greg Collins … Doctor James Reese
Paula Tutman … News Reporter
Ian Samuel Young … Child on the playground
Lena Drake … Clique Girl (uncredited)
Celeste Risko … Rachel Reese (uncredited)

Filming locations:

Detroit, Michigan

Technical details:

105 minutes
Aspect ratio: 1.85: 1

Production and release:

Filmed between 6 June 2011 and 2 July 2011. Released direct-to-DVD in Spring 2013.

Trailer: