The Wicked One – 2017 – Pure Evil

The Wicked OneI saw a trailer of The Wicked One and was curious about it. It seemed to be a nice slasher from what I could see. I soon realized that it was a homage to Halloween and the town is called Carpenter Falls. Clever! The Wicked One more or less follows the formula of Halloween. In parts of the story is very easy to find the similarities. Well, in most parts actually! That’s fine. It’s an obvious tribute and as such it’s ok.

The Wicked one cannot be compared to Halloween in a quality sense though. The actors are quite bad, the writing makes no sense at times and the story is totally illogical some of the times. Things happen that are just plain stupid and there are not enough gory murders in it. Not that Halloween had any gore in it, to begin with but there was at least a lot of suspense and clever filmmaking.

The Wicked One does deliver some family drama though. The characters are not at best terms with each other, to say the least. There are threats and drugs and of course sex in the movie too. Well, not incestuous sex mind you. Just the kind that will get you killed in a slasher. Some kills are nice but as a whole, I could come up with some nastier scenes where kills could take place. How about a spear through the head of this guy performing cunnilingus? Would be nice! A spear through his head and up through her vagina. That would make an impression! unfortunately, there are not many of these innovative kills in there.

An uneven movie. Some of it is quite nice. Maybe not with a lot of suspense but still with some interesting stuff. Some are plain boring and the pace is far too low for it to be successful. It’s kinda a standard run-of-the-mill slasher. Nothing more, nothing less…

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Tommy Snöberg Söderberg

Autodidact film scholar and music-loving thinker who reads the occasional book.

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