Let’s be honest. After eight weeks of home confinement, eight weeks without movie theaters, a hardcore cinephile like me would be, and was, and still is, dying to get out to see some artistic entertainment. When I found out that there was a drive-in theater operating within driving distance for me (even if the distance was considerable) and that the theater in question, King’s Drive-In in Russellville, Alabama, which is as charming and quaint as it is possible to be, was going to be showing a new Horror movie—no, wait, TWO new Horror movies!—this past weekend, it was a given that I would go. And I would love it, no matter if the film(s) being shown were awful. Beggars can’t be choosers, and I was hard-up as hell for a night at the cinema. I would have gone if they’d been showing Corman’s CREATURE FROM THE HAUNTED SEA. (I mean, that’s a given too.) It was just a stroke of luck that the movies I ended up seeing were both really, really good.
The first, the headliner, was THE WRETCHED. Think of DISTURBIA, only with a witch instead of a serial killer living next door. Only this isn’t your typical witch, if witch is even the right word for it. This is a shapeshifting, memory-stealing nightmare straight out of the darkest folklore we’re talking about. This entity literally steals the skin of the hippie chick hot mom next door and begins swiping kids. The protagonist, a good kid with a bad history, can’t get anybody to believe him. He’s on his own to contend with the creature, and to say that he’s out of his depth would be a great understatement.
THE WRETCHED is a blast. And I’m not just saying that because I’ve been deprived of first-run Horror entertainment since I saw THE INVISIBLE MAN almost three months ago. Whenever you get the chance to see this one, do it.