Sunday, 24 March 2013

The Wicked (2013)

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Jess Adams in The Wicked (2013). Would you bother?

At a glance:
Caitlin Carmichael from Lizzie in a small role.
Ding dong, the witch is alive, says the keyart. Not to be confused with a long overdue reupdate of the 1931 musical of the same name, or even the 1998 Julia Stile movie, Peter Winther's Michigan teen slasher The Wicked (2013) is an excellent example of a predictable and overdone horror movie that simply cannot transcend its shoestring budget to produce an iota of originality. It's a story about a witch who lives in a haunted old house in woods. Story has it, she survived the witch hunt of the 1700s. For generations, folks believe that if you throw a rock and break her window, "the wicked" will get you. Interest in the old story gets renewed when a 7-year-old girl (Caitlin Carmichael from Lizzie) is missin from her home because she had apparently broken the witch's window the night before. Always up for a good fright and a chance to impress the girls, 18-year-old Zach (Justin Deeley) and his friends decide to sneak into the woods and find the mysterious old house where the legendary witch supposedly lives. Unbeknownst to Zach, his younger brother Max (Devon Werkheiser) and Max's love interest Sammy (Diana Hopper) sneak along. They all soon discover that whatever happens between them and the witch will end up in a DVD bargain bin.
"Shit. Are we looking back on our careers already?"
Bad news on the doorstep:
Thoroughly derivative. Just because you can make a movie, don't mean you should.
Perennial wonderment:
Seems like the only remotely fun witches we've seen recently are those in the Hansel And Gretel movie and also the trailer for Oz (meanin I didn't like the full apparition in the movie proper). I guess it's a matter of money. Still, if they knew the don't have a very convincin or screenworthy villain, they need to compensate with a stronger supportin cast or at least some humour. Shame so much effort went into it, lookin at these Facebook photos. Hope they had fun, at least.
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One of the better elements in the movie is the rivalry between the cop and the young girl. Otherwise, it's hardly worth a fast forward. Pleased to report that The Wicked isn't unwatchable - but what an unfortunate state of affairs this is.