Movie Review: Something Wicked (2014)

Something Wicked

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As a young couple embarks upon their wedding plans, gruesome secrets from their past collide with sinister forces of the present to ensure these newlyweds do not live “happily-ever-after.”

Director: Darin Scott
Writers: Joe Colleran (screenplay), Joseph Mungra (story)
Stars: Brittany Murphy, Julian Morris, Shantel VanSanten, James Patrick Stuart
Release Date: 12 September 2014 (USA)
Also Known As: Algo Maligno
Budget: $3,000,000 (estimated)

Darin Scott’s latest film, Something Wicked, began filming back in 2009, but took five years for its eventual release, which began as a limited run in early 2014. The one fact that will always follow this film is that it is the last film that Brittany Murphy appeared in before her tragic passing in December, 2009.

Outside of Murphy, Something Wicked also stars the smoking hot Shantel VanSanten (The Final Destination) in the dynamic role of Christine, who owns the screen in this piece.

Something Wicked is a huge step up from Darin Scott’s previous forays into horror, the made-for-TV American Horror House (2012) and the Fangoria FrightFest participant Dark House (2009).

What sets Something Wicked apart is that it is interesting from the opening to the ending credits. The story may be convoluted on many levels, which ends up causing quite a number of plot holes, but if the viewer pays close attention, they will be rewarded with an intelligent story arc that will engulf them through the films run time.

This is not to say that the film is perfect, but it is watchable. It is not hard to understand why the film had such a hard time finding a distributor, but it is worth a viewing.

The film makes its mark by throwing curves to the viewer along with a knuckle ball, a split-fingered fast ball and perhaps even a spitball. So much is thrown at the viewer that it makes it tough to remember who is who and who to trust. At the end of the film, the subtle hints thrown at the viewer throughout the film start to increasingly make sense until the end of the film where everything comes together. While the twist with pretty good, I cannot say that it was entirely unexpected.

Something Wicked does the genre justice with being a good watch, but it will not be for everyone. Unfortunately, the film will ultimately be remembered for being Brittany Murphy’s final role. Seeing her on screen makes her untimely demise even more sad because she was always fun to watch.

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