Billed as “The Blair Witch Project on acid,” Wretch slowly reveals itself to be something much darker, steeped in topical themes of sexual abuse, gaslighting, and emotional neglect.
The plot follows three friends struggling to piece together fractured memories after a drug-fueled night in the woods. In the process, they’re forced to confront guilt, jealousy, and a supernatural presence that threatens to expose their true natures.
While some find the film’s dark violence and sexuality hard to watch, others have applauded its use of the horror genre to highlight and confront important issues with nuance and directness. Morbidly Beautiful says “there’s an allegorical thread to Wretch that makes it a much richer viewing experience than purely supernatural horror films.”
Wretch finds itself in good company, following on from “social horror” films such as Get Out and The Babadook, and adds its own unique perspective to the current conversations about toxic masculinity and sexual assault.
ThoughtFly Films has released three new clips that highlight the movie’s mysterious monster and give viewers a taste of its unique tone and hybrid found footage/cinematic approach.
Wretch is now available on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, and Vudu among others.