The first trailer for The Wretched, an official selection of the 2019 Fantasia Film Festival, just dropped and it looks like a blast. From this first teaser to the description, it looks like a modern spin on the likes of Rear Window (1954) but with a supernatural angle…and without being confined to one location. So really, only like one small part of Rear Window. But based on the trailer below, we got ourselves a good old fashion folky creature feature on our hands!
The Wretched promises to be a serious twist on witchcraft movies with well written and likable teenage characters, which sounds like a breath of fresh air. The trailer also teases some gruesome and imaginative practical effects. Basically, it’s got everything that makes you love a movie. Check out the trailer below:
Distressed by his parents’ forthcoming divorce and hoping to clear his head, 17-year-old Ben (HELL OR HIGH WATER’s John-Paul Howard) visits his father for the summer. He quickly becomes aware of horrific happenings taking place on his street. A centuries-old evil is terrorizing the young family next door. Stemming from the nearby woods, and soon residing in the very skin of the mother, it begins preying upon the local children. Ben tries to get help. No one believes him. If he wants to save the town, he’ll somehow have to go at it alone. Meanwhile, off in the woods, voices are calling out to people from the base of an ancient, rotting tree…
What also really strikes me from the description and trailer is that the who thing feels sort of Lovecraftian. I don’t mean like giant, incomprehensible tentacle monsters, I mean more in the sense of the big bad being an ageless, undying horror. Which, pretty much describes most Lovecraft type creatures.
The Wretched stars John Paul-Howard, Piper Curda, Azie Tesfai, Kevin Bigley and will celebrate its World Premiere July 19, at the 2019 Fantasia Film Festival. Are you excited for some witchcraft monster action? Let us know on Twitter, in the official Nightmare on Film Street Subreddit, and in the Horror Movie Fiend Club on Facebook!