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Parents' Guide to

The Wretched

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Gore, language in fun, 1980s-inspired horror movie.

Movie NR 2020 96 minutes
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age 14+

Based on 1 parent review

age 14+

Don't look under the tree

The best way to enjoy this is to have it projected outside with pizza and wings and talking during the film. with friends.

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Familiar but fresh, this brisk, gory mashup of horror and teen adventure movie is inspired by many 1970s and '80s favorites, but it's less a slavish copy than it is an enthusiastic, adoring tribute. The Wretched has touches that recall the works of Steven Spielberg, among others. And brothers/writers-directors Brett and Drew T. Pierce are the sons of Bart Pierce, who worked on special effects for Sam Raimi's The Evil Dead. These bits and pieces are assembled with such finesse and with so many elements mixed together so well that it feels like a seamless whole.

Howard's appealing performance as Ben is a huge help. At times, it feels like he's channeling Michael J. Fox's clumsy confidence from movies like Back to the Future. And Curda offers some bright, spunky moments as the funny Mallory. The monster is a good one -- genuinely scary, even though it borrows some movements and sound effects from other movies. But the real reason The Wretched works so well is that it's rooted in nightmarishly primal fears between parents and children: fears of abandonment, issues of trust, etc. That underlying dread effectively drives the storytelling, with its focus on characters rather than jump scares.

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