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The Wicked (2013)

Devon Werkheiser , Justin Deeley , Peter Winther  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Devon Werkheiser, Justin Deeley, Jess Adams, Jaime Kaler, Caitlin Carmichae
  • Directors: Peter Winther
  • Format: Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: IMAGE ENTERTAINMENT
  • DVD Release Date: April 30, 2013
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00B2BYY3U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,328 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

It is a bedtime story nearly every kid in the small town of Summerset has heard. A silly story passed down from generation to generation that offers just enough chills to keep the legend alive. This year is different. Seven year old Amanda Drake (Caitlin Carmichael) is swiped from her bedroom window. Rumors swirl. The Witch has returned. Always up for a good fright, and a chance to impress the girls, 18 year old Zach (Justin Deeley) and his friends decide to sneak into the woods and find the mysterious old house where the legendary Witch supposedly lives. Unbeknownst to Zach, his younger brother Max (Devon Werkheiser) and Max's "girlfriend" Sammy (Diana Hopper) sneak along. They all soon discover that folklore isn't always myth and that bedtime stories sometimes come true. The Witch has indeed returned with the intent of casting her magical spells to deceive, hunt and ultimately consume the local children to keep her young, older ones to keep her strong and pretty ones to keep her beautiful. Zach and Max, who can't stand each other, and their teenage friends find themselves trapped in the Witch's lair. They must bury their differences or be buried themselves. There is no escape from "The Wicked" once the spell has been cast.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not the right movie. December 18, 2013
Format:Blu-ray
There is no current movie starring Kenneth Brannagh and Tom Hiddleston by this name. Buyer beware. I have not purchased this, but I believe it to be fraudulent.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars DVD Review: "The Wicked" April 29, 2013
Format:DVD
Every town in America has their version of "The Wicked." They're the weird person, house, or other location kids whisper about amongst themselves in fear and parents use to threaten their children with. It's the old house on the hill everyone walks faster by on the way home from school or the old man or woman we're told not to talk to.

Director Peter Winther and writer Michael Vickerman put together a fun little indie film that is only hindered by shoddy CGI and a wavering sense of who it was made for. "The Wicked" is an extended episode of R.L. Stine's "The Haunting Hour" until we get one or two sequences of sexuality and dialogue littered with bad language. Movies like this always leave me shaking my head in wonder. If they tone down those elements or omit them, they would have a PG-13 film that more people could enjoy.

The title character (Cassie Keller) would make any person feel anxious or frightened. She's a witch who maintains her beauty through devouring children. The legend goes that if you visit her house in the woods and break one of its windows, she will come for you.

"The Wicked" is both a coming-of-age tale like "The Goonies" or "The Monster Squad" and a slasher flick like "Urban Legend" or "I Know What You Did Last Summer." There are two sets of main characters. First, we have two life-long teenage friends, Devon Werkheiser ("Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide") and Diana Hopper, in that awkward state where they start to have feelings for each other. Secondly, we have the hip sex-crazed high schoolers who are always looking for a new thrill.

The CGI is at best on the same level as any number of fantasy shows from the late 1990s and early 2000s. They definitely don't blend seamlessly with their surroundings.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Mama's right... January 19, 2014
By V
Format:Blu-ray
The previous reviewer, mamaursula, is correct. The lead actors in this movie are from Atlanta GA and Louisville KY respectively -- young American guys. Kenneth Brannagh and Tom Hiddleston aren't listed anywhere in the credits per IMDb.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Creepy and fun May 22, 2013
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Technically, Wicked is not a good movie. The acting is weak, the plot predictable and the story is derivative. Nevertheless, I enjoyed it. There are a few enjoyable twists with how a couple of the characters play out - still predictable but cathartic.

I watched this movie alone due to my wife not being a fan of horror, but I expect this would be more fun to watch with friends with copious amounts of popcorn. It's creepy but most probably won't lose sleep over it.

One review mentioned that the movie took awhile to really get started. I have to agree. If the writer had done a better job of tying some of the back story elements with the main thread it would have been a better movie. In this case, most of what occurs in the first half could have been compressed into dialogue between the characters.

We have to be a bit forgiving when it comes to horror movies because there is not much to choose from unless you are a fan of torture movies like Saw or Hostel. Until movie studios start taking horror seriously again, true horror fans have to accept movies like The Wicked.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars WHERE ARE THE CHILDREN? May 4, 2013
Format:DVD
This is another Hansel and Gretel type of film with a legendary wicked witch who lives in the forest and devours children. In the opening scene young Amanda (Caitlin Carmichael) is in tears, afraid that "The Wicked" is going to get her. It was a very convincing scene, A+ for Miss Carmichael. Once she goes missing, our 4 teenage heroes plus 2 go in the woods and camp out near the witches house who they arouse during the very deadly spring equinox.

The film did an effective job of building character of our main players with some brief moments and conversations. I thought the witch scenes could have been done better as they were an inconsistent hit and miss going from the overly supernatural to just a plain gore slasher. It really doesn't effectively work both ways. A decent Redbox rental, might make it to my collection when the price drops. Takes place in Orono, Michigan.

Parental Guide: F-bomb, brief sex and skinny dipping scene and brief nudity.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not to shabby May 29, 2013
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Overall not a bad flick. Was it a little corny at times? Yes. Could they have named the witch something other than "the Wicked"? Definitely. It's a B movie, as in low budget. Don't go in with lofty expectations and you wont be disappointed. The reality is if you want to watch a neat movie with a decent plot (so rare these days) check this movie out. If you think you are the second coming of Rodger Ebert I would avoid this film.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad May 12, 2013
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The movie starts out a little bit cheesey, but hang in there it is not bad at all. There is some campy humor and the acting is sometimes hit & miss. Overall, this is a good movie with a possible sequel. It is not gory and the reviewer who mentioned nudity - there is NO nudity. As quick as the CGI is the same for the nudity scenes. Basically, you won't see anyone nude. Four stars because the humor and the plot kept my attention all the way to the end.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars THE WICKED
THE MOVIE IS REALLY GOOD. THE WITCH IN THE MOVIE WAS REALLY GOOD SPECIAL EFFECTS WAS GREAT. I LOVE THE MAKE UP THEY DID FOR THE WITCH
Published 1 month ago by kathy estright
4.0 out of 5 stars What a great surprise!
If you take the shark out of Jaws, it's still a good movie. If you take the witch out of The Wicked, the same thing is true. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Russroom
4.0 out of 5 stars Different kind of liking
Well I caught this movie on tv and I really enjoyed it. The thing is, I'm not one who watches movies because "the story" is fascinating or super fantastic. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Tlmsrr
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Storyline
The preview was interesting and made me want to see it. I wasn't disappointed. I enjoy offbeat movies like this.
Published 3 months ago by Leslie Pensak
4.0 out of 5 stars Suspenseful and entertaining
This is definitely a cut above typical teen slasher flicks although this is a gory horror story with teens as the main characters. Read more
Published 6 months ago by B. Boxbangieleroerrwwerevrwrer III
2.0 out of 5 stars Hoping the reviews were wrong.
The storyline is pretty good, but the effects and sloppiness make it another horror movie disaster. The short of it is it's not worth the money.
Published 7 months ago by Sonya
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful & stupid
don't waste your time or money on this! It is a totally dumb and uninteresting film! I hated every minute I watched and want that time of my life back!
Published 7 months ago by Truly Tracy
4.0 out of 5 stars was good
It was well worth the money I paid for it. All you can ask is for a decent plot and a few scares
Published 7 months ago by Josh
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible
B movie. Makes most B movies look bad. The only thig I would say that made this good was the fact that there was a forrest and night time shoot.
Published 8 months ago by Adam Green
1.0 out of 5 stars wickedly borning
If I were a 15 year old these days I might find this mildly chilling. Perhaps that is insulting to 15 year olds but this movie was badly acted with a thin plot and for a witch to... Read more
Published 8 months ago by dancinglady
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