The mourning of a dying man becomes hell in “The Dark and the Wicked”

The mourning of a dying man becomes hell in "The Dark and the Wicked"

The Dark and the Wicked (2020) is a horror and mystery supernatural thriller that follows two siblings who are summoned back to the family farm to await the inevitability of their father’s death. What initially appears to be a timeless ritual of loss and remembrance turns out to be something very different.

It is the new movie of producer, writer, and director Bryan Bertino, known for being responsible for The Strangers (2008), Mockingbird (2014), and The Monster (2016). It is starred by Marin Ireland, Michael Abbott Jr., Xander Berkeley, Lynn Andrews, Julie Oliver-Touchstone, and Tom Nowicki.

On a secluded farm, a man is slowly dying. Bedridden and fighting through his final breaths, his wife is slowly succumbing to overwhelming grief. To help their mother and say goodbye to their father, siblings Louise (Marin Ireland) and Michael (Michael Abbott Jr.) return to their family farm. It doesn’t take long for them to see that something’s wrong with mom, though something more than her heavy sorrow. Gradually, as their own grief mounts, Louise and Michael begin suffering from a darkness similar to their mother’s, marked by waking nightmares and a growing sense that something evil is taking over their family.

The Dark and the Wicked (2020) was scheduled to have its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2020, however, the festival was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the event got moved to the Fantasia International Film Festival on August 28, 2020. It is scheduled to be released on November 6, 2020, by RLJE Films. You can watch here its trailer.

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