By MICHAEL GINGOLD
Brett Pierce and Drew T. Pierce, sons of original EVIL DEAD visual effects creator Bart Pierce, made a splash on the fest circuit last year with THE WRETCHED, and now it has a date to frighten a wider audience.
THE WRETCHED, which the Pierces wrote and directed, will hit theaters and VOD May 1 from IFC Midnight. Written and directed by the brothers, it stars John-Paul Howard, Piper Curda, Jamison Jones, Zarah Mahler, Kevin Bigley, Gabriela Quezada Bloomgarden, Richard Ellis, Blane Crockarell and Azie Tesfai. The synopsis: “Following his parents’ separation, a rebellious teenage boy, Ben [Howard], is sent to live with his father [Jones] 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 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.”