Monday 20 November 2023


Director Gary Walsh's debut feature film WICKEDLY EVIL, has just been released to UK Digital Outlets courtesy of 101 Films, who kindly sent me a screener to take a look at.

Set in Ireland, a gang of mobsters rip off a load of money and drugs from a rival gang, but things go somewhat awry as one of them gets injured, and they're forced to take the younger sister of one of the rival gang members hostage after she recognises them.

Meeting up at the safehouse, they begin to fear the worst when one of them, who also happened to be carrying most of the loot, fails to arrive. Then, to make matters worse, they find police swarming all over the area, as they're looking for a missing couple.

But the police, the rival gang and the slight problems of what to do about their injured friend or indeed their hostage, may be the least of their worries. As there's something decidedly odd about the overly helpful next door neighbour, Sadie. Whose outwardly friendly appearance seems to be hiding something extremely sinister. Or are they just being paranoid?

Kind of a cross between The Cottage and Reservoir Dogs, this was really more of a black comedy/crime thriller for the most part, with the films horror element only really coming in during the last 10-15mins or so (which I can't elaborate on, as I don't want to spoil the ending).

To be brutally honest, I found the story extremely slow and plodding and just couldn't get into it at all. It might play better to a festival crowd, as opposed to viewing at home,  but I felt it took too long to get going and can't help but feel, if the horror element had come earlier in the film, I might have enjoyed it more.

If you liked The Cottage, you may enjoy this, but I just couldn't get into it at all

WICKEDLY EVIL is available now from UK Digital Outlets courtesy of 101 Films.

View the Trailer on YouTube.

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