Saturday, March 14, 2015

Something Wicked
Released September 12, 2014, DVD March 17th, 2015
1 hr 35 mins
Rated R


Director: Darin Scott
Writer: Joe Colleran

Shantel VanSanten as Christine
John Robinson as James
Brittany Murphy as Susan
Julian Morris as Ryan
James Patrick Stuart as Bill
Robert Blanche as John
Angelique Perrin as Zeal
Betty Moyer as Ellen
Lance Rosen as Doug
Jerry Buxbaum as Ed
Joe Feeney as Dave
October Moore as Donna
Mike Hawkins as Sgt. Ellis
John Breen as Sheriff
Gilberto Martin del Campo as Cop 1
Patricia Malley Thacher as Cop 2
Katie O’Grady as Erica
Daniel Wallace as Administrator
Haley Snyder as Welfare Teacher

Review by Danale H.

The storyline of the cover reads, Something Wicked is about, a young couple - Christine and James (played by Shantel VanSanten and John Robinson) - who as they embark upon their wedding plans, gruesome secrets from their past collide with sinister forces of the present to ensure these newlyweds do not live "happily-ever-after."

I feel like this summary is misleading in covering the plot of this movie. Yes, Something Wicked is about a young couple who would like to make their relationship official as husband and wife. However, what happens throughout the movie has nothing to do with supernatural forces, or does it? If you decide to see this movie, you will understand why I ask this. Also, the past, as presented in this summary, seems to convey somewhat of a distant time. This is not the case, as the haunting occurrence is very recent.

The cinematography and acting did not seem low budget. Overall, the acting was very good, including big names such as Brittany Murphy which this happens to be her last film before her death. There were a couple of times where the actors weren't believable. For example, when Christine and her brother, detective Bill (played by James Patrick Stuart) found out about their mom and dad passing. This was a crying scene, which should have evoked some sort of sad emotion on the viewer. It didn't, it just felt trying. Also, it wasn't much of a horror film. Though it was creepy, thanks to Bill and Ryan who played James' co-worker.

 The movie was long and kind of boring at times with holes, and twists that were confusing and at times hard to follow.  For example with the ghosts of Christine's parents.  Is Christine possessed or did she go insane? Why is she seeing images and hearing the voices of her parents’ ghosts? And Ryan, I mean who is he, what is his back story, where did he come from? Why does he fit into the role Christine has created for him? Or is there no reason? Throughout the film, I kept thinking about the holes, though some of them may have been covered in the end, it was frustrating to have to continuously wonder when, what, or why something happened.

Overall, because it was a pretty well put together movie for a low-budget film, I give it 2 stars.


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