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Review – Something Wicked

I wasn’t too familiar with Something Wicked other than that it was Brittany Murphy‘s last film. Before watching this flick, I decided to switch it up a bit and not watch the trailer but read a few reviews. The majority of the critiques I ran into were negative, so going into the film I had completely low expectations. By the time everything was said and done…aren’t you curious as to how I felt overall?

screaming Christine

The film stars Shantel VanSanten, John Robinson, Julian Morris, and the late, beautiful Brittany Murphy. Ms. VanSanten plays the role of Christine, a beautiful, overjoyed young woman with the world practically at her feet. She has just graduated from high school and has been accepted to a big University, making her parents and her boyfriend James proud. They celebrate with an all-out get-together dinner celebration. After Christine’s parents give her a gift she’s always wanted, James, being the wonderful boyfriend he is, asks Christine’s parents for permission to marry their daughter. Unfortunately, Christine’s mother is extra snooty and simply feels that he isn’t quite good enough for her daughter. Christine’s mom has no boundaries to get her point across as she attacks her husband by stating he always regretted not obtaining a college degree. Basically, no matter how nicely her parents put it, they don’t want their daughter to marry a man like James; A man with no college degree. Christine’s dad asks James to drive the family home since they were all tipsy, including their underage daughter whom they let slurp down red wine. On their way home, they are struck by a train at a railroad crossing. And Christine’s dear parents die.

creepy maskA year passes and introduces us to healthy and happily engaged Christine and James. Christine now lives with her brother John and her sister-in-law Susan (Brittany Murphy). As James and Christine’s big day approaches, creepy things begin happening. For starters, Christine is being stalked by a mysterious person in a plastic mask. Other weird things occur like Christine deciding to go swimming at night. Not strange? Ok, maybe not. But when she’s swimming at night in the pool while no one is around, a strange figure materializes to admire her. She is even chased around a dark gym and forced to drive home in a towel. From then on, lights flicker on and off around her, appearances of her dead parents scream at her, and even cryptic Shakespeare quotes appear in blood on mirrors. Christine is scared for her life, but Susan, a psychologist, insists that she’s suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder from the loss of her parents. With Christine’s wedding approaching, a time when she is supposed to feel joy, she instead feels pain and fear. So, is someone or something really stalking Christine or is she just a looney?

blood on mirrorOverall, I really enjoyed this film and didn’t feel it was nearly as horrible as some of the reviews I came across. I absolutely loved being surprised, especially with plenty of suspense and gore. Throughout the film, I found myself guessing until the very end. Christine’s character is not the typical damsel in distress, she’s somewhat complex. Brittany Murphy was pretty intense in this film. The rest of the characters held their own as well. Even though this film was completed in 2011, it was released just last year, which is strange. Anyway, I recommend giving this film a chance.

If my review doesn’t fully convince you, then at least watch this film knowing that it was reportedly based on actual events!

Title: Something Wicked
Director: Darin Scott
Writer(s): Joe Colleran
Stars:  Shantel VanSantel
Year: 2011
Studio/ Production Co: Merchant Films
Budget:  $300,000,000
Language: English
Length: 95 Minutes
Sub-Genre: Horror, Drama, Mystery

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Written by Zena Dixon
In addition to contributing to Wicked Horror, Zena Dixon has been writing about all things creepy and horrific at Real Queen of Horror for over three years. She has also contributed to iHorror and Bloody Disgusting. She has always loved horror films and someday hopes to be known for writing and directing her own feature-length horror pictures.
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