Bryan Bertino is no stranger to creating uneasy, tension-filled worlds – after all he was responsible for the thrill-ride of THE STRANGERS and the frightening seclusion of THE MONSTER. However, THE DARK AND THE WICKED represents a new level of dread as a secluded farm somewhere in the middle of nowhere becomes a breeding ground for an insidious and all-encompassing horror.
Louise and Michael return to their family’s remotely located farm to be with their father as he lays dying. Resentment and unease simmers beneath the surface as the two siblings settle down to wait for the inevitable. A warning from their mother goes unheeded and soon the terrible secrets of the house slowly reveal themselves. Grief gives way to dread as nightmarish apparitions begin to suggest that the worst is yet to come.
Bertino uses the isolation and loneliness of loss and heartache to fashion a tale that does not pull its punches when it comes to the horror some places hold. As the splintered family tries to work through its emotional issues, the very real terror that begins to manifest itself within the farm creates a different kind of rift that is impossible to traverse. Volatile and utterly terrifying, THE DARK AND THE WICKED presents a different view of grief; an all-encompassing, violent force that destroys anything that gets in its way.
An astonishing horror film that speaks to the heart and the mind whilst utterly chilling the bones, this is an unmissable opportunity to experience a director at the top of his craft.
Do not miss.
Director: Bryan Bertino
Mission Tiki Drive-In Theatre