Length: 1h 31m
Director: Jay Alaimo
Writer: Stephen Wallis
Stars: Sienna Guillory, Gianni Capaldi, Enzo Cilenti
After a year passes since the sudden death of a child, a family gathering takes place whilst peculiar unexplainable events occur. Tension over peculiar circumstances cracks the veneer of cordiality and dark secrets emerge. Bethany (Sienna Guillory) becomes increasingly unhinged and seems Hell bent on tearing her family apart. Is she possessed or simply playing devils advocate? With the help of a priest and a psychic the family attempts to restore peace and sanity. But events which occur that night could never have been foreseen. Police psychologist Dr Woods (Eric Roberts) tries to exact fact from fiction of what really took place in the house in this gothic horror morality tale.
I would have given this a lower rating but I loved the ending so while it’s firmly stuck as a B movie, it has its moments!
The movie is interesting. I could tell right away that there were some issues with the family. Most of it seemed like normal issues. The mother pushing too hard for grandchildren and succeeds only in pushing her children away, secrets untold to sisters or husbands, apparently, but nothing seems too out of the ordinary. Dysfunctional family gathering at its best! This is why we all love Thanksgiving, right? As the movie goes along, there are some strange things that start happening. It COULD be circumstantial. A random sound, something falls, etc. Nothing too crazy.
What I didn’t like was the idea that they start questioning what is happening and nearly immediately call a psychic and a priest. Nobody is going to call both a psychic AND a priest in one evening time span. The plot does build over the evening, but the fact that it was only one evening since one of the family members was possessed was off putting.
Comparing this with other demonesque films, something like the Exorcist (which is still to this day scary as hell and amazingly well done), the time frame taken for the family to understand that something is wrong and then to decide that they cannot do anything and need outside help, is spot on. In The Wicked Within, the opposite happens. There is still a building of tension, but due to the length of time, and the idea that nearly everyone just believes, really is frustrating.
Once I got over that plot idea, I went with the movie and found that it wasn’t too bad. The priest was very young and inexperienced. Yet another faux pas in the exorcist world. But, again, once I started going with the idea that these people are fighting a demon, one that is determined to make everyone spill their secrets, I started having fun.
To be honest, because so little was really said about the characters, I never felt for them. I like the demon the best! A good villain always makes me happy, and this one has a goal in mind. Even if that goal isn’t revealed until the very end. Still, it wasn’t anywhere near the top of the demon films I’ve seen, or read about. It was good and is good entertainment, especially for this time of year, but don’t go out of your way to watch it.