Sometimes people just snap. It’s as if the madness takes them over and the person they once were is completely gone. This can be seen with many iconic slasher films in the past and goes along with the story in the new horror thriller, The Wicked One.
Petri Entertainment is bringing fans an exciting new slasher film directed and co-written by Tory Jones along with Cheyenne Gordon who also acts in the film. Beyond Gordon, the cast includes Katie Stewart, Dale Miller, Jack Norman, Sonya Delormier, Adam Atherton, Jessica Bloom, and Deb Perkins. This slasher story is already receiving a generous amount of love from the horror community and will be released to DVD and VOD on April 23rd.
The story follows a group of friends who are planning on a fun weekend getaway, and despite a few hiccups along the way, it seems promising. That all changes quickly once they get to their family’s old farm house and find themselves at the hand of a notorious and dangerous killer. One by one he takes them down, but will any of them get away?
The Wicked One is a solid slasher story. I believe it stands strong against the ones that came before it such as Halloween, The Burning, Friday the 13th, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and more. Beyond that, it has a wickedly awesome soundtrack, likable characters, and overall ruthless kills.
The film’s opening sequence was one of my favorite parts. It was beautifully shot and really helped introduce the brutal atmosphere of the film and what was to come. Although it isn’t a completely Halloween-centered story, it does take place on Halloween and has a little fun with it- including a party and costumes, which is a huge plus for me. We also receive a bit of background on the killer and the reason he went mad, so the viewer doesn’t go into it blind.
Speaking of the killer, “The Wicked One” is one of my new favorite antagonists. I love the scarecrow mask and how he came upon it. He’s reminiscent of classic horror icons such as Michael Myers and Jason Voorhees and isn’t afraid to ruin a good time. If anything, he enjoys it immensely. He plays by the “no sex, drinking, or engaging in any type of misbehavior” method for sure. His kills have no signature mark as he just impales you with whatever device is handy, but rest assured it will be painful and leave a trail of bloody goodness.
I loved the soundtrack from the beginning until the very end. As I mentioned previously, the opening sequence was incredible and that had much to do with the music. The lyrics and tones really played well with the hostile atmosphere and gave the film that extra-special something.
Last but not least, I enjoyed the characters in The Wicked One quite a bit. None of them really annoyed me, which is rare for a slasher film. Katie Stewart’s performance is strong, emotional, and Scream Queen material. I especially loved Cheyenne Gordon’s character as the mysterious fucked up brother. I think he added quality and balance to the story. Also, I’m not sure if anyone else felt this way, but Dale Miller reminded me so much of Eugene in The Walking Dead. I couldn’t help but smile every time he talked and rooted for him the whole time.
Overall, I loved everything The Wicked One had to offer. The only thing that fell a little flat for me was the end, but it wasn’t a deal breaker, just surprisingly cheesy. I think the horror community is going to love this film and “The Wicked One” will become a new favorite antagonist. Hopefully, we can see a sequel in the future!