By MICHAEL GINGOLD
Having grossed nearly $2 million at drive-in theaters during the pandemic, the supernatural chiller is now nearing its disc debut.
IFC Midnight releases THE WRETCHED on Blu-ray and DVD August 11. Written and directed by Brett Pierce and Drew T. Pierce, it stars John-Paul Howard, Jamison Jones, Piper Curda, Zarah Mahler, Azie Tesfai and Kevin Bigley. The synopsis: “Following his parents’ separation, a rebellious teenage boy, Ben [Howard], 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 ahold 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.”
The discs will include an audio commentary by The Pierce Brothers and another one by composer Devin Burrows. See our review of THE WRETCHED, our interview with the Pierces and a chat with Madelynn Stuenkel, who plays the titular witch.