WICKED GAMES (2021) Reviews and overview of home invasion thriller

  

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Wicked Games is a 2021 American home invasion thriller film about a young couple who are initially tormented by masked intruders until…

Written, directed and co-produced by Teddy Grennan. Also produced by Heath Franklin, Bennett Krishock, Christopher Walters and Elizabeth Westwood.

The movie stars Christine Spang, Markus Silbiger, Michael Shenefelt, Conner Ann Waterman and Jody Matzer.

Plot:

Harley (Christine Spang) as she joins her new boyfriend for a long Halloween weekend at his country estate. A band of masked freaks invade the mansion and force the couple to play a wicked game. To the intruders’ unpleasant surprise, Harley’s hard-boiled history has endowed her with a bag of tricks that give the game a surprise ending…

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Reviews:

“There’s plenty of blood in this one, as well as moments of great home invasion tenseness. There’s some really nice cinematography on display in this film; it looks way better than a streaming or direct to Walmart feature. My only major issue with the film is its use of masks…” B&S About Movies

“Despite the anxiety it conveys visually, the film is far more tame in its direct display of violence and gore. Although your level of tension and energy can cause discomfort. Wicked Games gives a superficial taste of the terrifying swamp, but it doesn’t end up immersing the viewer completely in its dark waters.” 50% Cinema Gavia

” …I was completely captivated by Wicked Games and its feminist undertones. While visually anxiety-inducing, I actually found the film to be pretty tame in its expression of violence and gore, but its level of grittiness still made me feel delightfully uneasy. If you have the chance to see it, Wicked Games is worth the watch…” Film Cred

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“On paper, Wicked Games reads like a played out home invasion story with a questionable gimmick. But captivating performances, commitment to the style, and a restrained directorial hand combine to lift the film above the sum of its parts. Grennan hooks us in with his unique framing and leaves us on a well-earned cliffhanger.” Rue Morgue

“You know something bad is coming, you just don’t know when. That’s part of the success of this film: the tension in the viewer builds up to where you’re like, okay already when’s it going to happen? This film will surprise. And again. And again.” 8/10 Willbrax

Cast and characters (alphabetical):

Jody Matzer … Sheriff #1
Michael Shenefelt … Rhodes
Markus Silbiger … Kiel
Christine Spang … Harley
Conner Ann Waterman … Colton

Distribution and release:

VMI Worldwide

Trailer:

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