FIRST LOOK: The Wretched

The Wretched, a horror movie, was released in theaters and VOD at the start of May.

Haven’t covered it here, yet, but now making amends. Especially because it seems like the kind of movie I’d enjoy watching.

Following his parents’ separation, a rebellious teenage boy, Ben, is sent to live with his father for the summer and work at the local marina in order to gain some form of discipline. The idyllic tourist town offers little solace for him, however, as he is forced to deal with the local, privileged teens and his father’s new girlfriend. Ben’s problems grow increasingly disturbing when he makes a chilling discovery about the family renting the house next door. A malevolent spirit from the woods has taken a hold of the parents and starts playing a sinister game of house, preying upon the children and wiping away any trace of their existence. Ben’s suspicions of the supernatural horrors go unheeded and he launches a perilous crusade in order to put an end to the skin-walking witch’s reign of terror.

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It’s renting for $6.99 USD across multiple services (Google Pay, Vudu, etc) which is reasonable for a new day and date release (theater and VOD).

It’s also setting box office theater records, I learned a little bit ago, considering sales numbers don’t have to be very high with a very small number of theaters open as of this writing.

When there is only one movie pulling in anything resembling “business,” at least among studios actually reporting grosses, it’s not hard to be the top movie of a given day or weekend. Nonetheless, happenstance, luck and good (or terrible) timing has left IFC’s The Wretched as the closest thing to a box office hit this summer. Brett Pierce and Drew T. Pierce’s throwback horror title The Wretched earned another $181,000 this weekend in 75 theaters.

‘The Wretched’ Reaches Rare Box Office Milestone Shared By ‘Black Panther’ And ‘Avatar’

As a fan of horror, this movie regrettably missed my new release radar. Here’s the trailer:

What is that thing crawling out of the inside of that animal? Looks like some sharp-looking claws. I need to pay more attention to IFC Midnight Films coming soon more on my horror radar.

From the logo on that page, they are a division of AMC and Shudder is in their group. This begs the side question: does AMC have too many subsidiary streaming channels?

Let’s see, that’s 10 separate streaming channels in the AMC Networks? Do they need that many?

Wonder if The Wretched will be picked up by Shudder or IFC Films? I was curious about the IFC Films Unlimited plan, thinking maybe this was similar to our Regal Theaters Unlimited Plan …

Not sure why Jack Bauer from 24 is showing as it’s currently not available as part of a subscription to either service, Amazon Prime Video or IFC Films Unlimited

Looks like another streaming add-on channel through Amazon or AppleTV+. It’s $5.99 a month. Just checked it out on Amazon to see if The Wretched was showing there by chance?

Nope, it’s only on VOD (or PVOD, for those who prefer that).

Imagine that, AMC has 10 different streaming channels, and none of them stream a new VOD title? Something seems wrong with that picture.

Would have been a great deal to buy a one month subscription to that and see a new movie, but alas, that deal is too good to be true. Maybe these theater releases show up on the service after the theatrical and VOD window closes? Don’t know. If anybody reading has this knowledge or has done the research, please let us know in the comments. Also, if you’ve seen this movie already, what did you think (no spoiler review in comments is welcome)?

The Wretched is available at drive-in and some other open theaters and online streaming via VOD as of May 1, 2020.