31 Days of Hallowe’en 2021, Day 27: The Dark and the Wicked [2020]

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I’m surprised that The Dark and the Wicked came “from the writer and director of The Strangers” (Brian Bertino). It’s different in every possible way, from the style and tone to the casting choices. It’s for the better.

The Dark and the Wicked (2020) - IMDb
source: imdb

But I’m never watching this again. As someone who struggles with depression, anxiety and (CW: SH, suicide), I don’t think I’m able to watch repeat a viewing of this. That said, I think the film stays on the right side of exploiting mental health trauma for spooks, a cheap trap that, sadly, even the better horror films let themselves into. But it will still be tough and possibly triggering viewing for most.

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