The Wicked Within (2015)

Of all the films in this year’s 8 Films to Die For lineup, THE WICKED WITHIN is perhaps the most unique. The film, directed by Jay Alaimo and written by Stephen Wallis, takes elements of your typical possession movie and infuses elements of a police procedural as well as a mystery-thriller into the mix. The film is about a family reunion that takes a wrong turn and is visited by a demon who possesses one of the family members… or does it? As the night goes on, all of the family members’ deepest secrets are revealed and no one seems to be free of sin. Is there really a possession, or is one of the family members using possession to take revenge against the others in the family?

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THE WICKED WITHIN stars Sonja Kinski (daughter of Nastassja Kinski, so you know she’s a knock out) as Maggie. She works for the same company as Hannah (Michele Hicks). Maggie stops over at Hannah’s house one evening to say hello only to find that Hannah and her estranged family are having a mini family reunion. Hannah insists that Maggie join them. Talk about being in the wrong place at the wrong time!! Dinner starts off nice enough. There’s Michael (Enzo Cilenti), Hannah’s husband; Bethany (Sienna Guillory), Hannah’s sister; Luke (Gianni Capaldi), Bethany’s husband; and Jean (Karen Austin), Bethany and Hannah’s mother. The beginning of the evening starts out nice enough, but as the wine and alcohol freely flow, the secrets of the various family members are revealed. 

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The family also experienced a tragedy not too long ago. Hannah and Michael’s three year old daughter died in a household accident. This, it seems, is what originally tore the family apart. Now that some time has passed, all the family members have come together to try and get beyond it. But as the evening goes on, evidence suggests that the dead three year old might not be ready to move on quite yet. Odd things begin to happen around the house and especially in the dead daughter’s old bedroom. After Bethany visits in the bedroom, she is attacked and looks like she is raped by an unseen presence. This is where everything goes pear-shaped. Once Bethany starts to exhibit signs of possession, they call in their friend, Samara (Sarah Lassez), a gifted psychic and mediium. After being in the house for only a few minutes, Samara knows without a doubt there is some kind of presence–and it might not be friendly. 

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The rest of the film is the family and Maggie trying to figure out what is going on and if indeed Bethany is truly possessed (there are questions about Bethany’s sanity). The story is told in lengthly flashbacks as Dr. Woods (Eric Roberts), who works for the police department, is called in to sort through all the bizarre claims as to what went on in the house. Woods believes he has everything figured out, but writer Wallis throws us some curveballs and keeps us guessing.

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THE WICKED WITHIN, as mentioned above, is an amalgam of many genres, and it worked for me. There were times when I thought I had everything figured out, just like Dr. Woods, only to be proven completely wrong. Wallis does a really nice job navigating the story and keeping everything in focus. There were a couple times when I thought Wallis blew it and the plot became derailed, but I was proven wrong. Wallis has a strong grasp on the material here and really makes it work. Besides the writing, the actors involved were fantastic. There’s really strong acting by everyone involved and I was especially impressed with Sienna Guillory’s (Bethany) performance. She had a very demanding role, both physically and emotionally, and she pulled it off beautifully.

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THE WICKED WITHIN was a nice surprise. I was expecting just another standard possession flick, but got so much more. With elements of a murder mystery-thriller and of a police procedural, THE WICKED WITHIN was elevated to something uniquely original. There was also a good amount of the red stuff along the way. With a satisfying ending that didn’t cop out, THE WICKED WITHIN is a winner. Check this one out.

My Summary:

Director: Jay Alaimo

Plot: 4 out of 5 stars

Gore: 5.5 out of 10 skulls

Zombie Mayhem: 0 out of 5 brains

Reviewed by Scott Shoyer

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Another Film, The Wicked Within, Joins the 8 Films to Die For Line Up

When you include the previous two announcements for the upcoming 8 Films to Die For festival (here and here), After Dark is going full throttle on not just promoting this, but in organizing it. The newest addition, making this the third film in the line up, is THE WICKED WITHIN. This film is directed by Jay Alaimo, written by Stephen Wallis, and stars Sienna GuilloryGianni CapaldiEnzo Cilenti, Michele Hicks, Patrick Muldoon, and Eric Roberts. Check out the plot crunch:

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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.

Check out the trailer and then read on for the press release from After Dark:

EVIL COMES KNOCKING IN THE NEWEST ADDITION TO 

‘8 FILMS TO DIE FOR’

The Wicked Within Becomes The 3rd Addition To The Horror Lineup From After Dark Films

Hits Theaters October 16, 2015

Los Angeles, CA (August 4, 2015) – The most haunting film from Courtney Solomon’s After Dark Films ‘8 Films to Die For’ lineup has been unveiled.  The Wicked Within is set to snag the 3rd spot in the horror festival.

Directed by Jay Alaimo and produced by Gianni Capaldi and Enzo Cilenti, The Wicked Within joins a stable of 8 frightening films to be featured by the esteemed horror company.

“Each of our 8 films has a certain trait that makes it stand apart from the others,” says Stephanie Caleb, EVP, Creative Affairs & Acquisitions, “The Wicked Within is a classic horror possession story with relatable characters, and nightmares that linger.” 

The film stars Karen Austin (“Summer Rental”), Gianni Capaldi (“Blood of Redemption”), Enzo Cilenti (“Guardians of the Galaxy”), Sienna Guillory (“Resident Evil”), Michele Hicks (“Mulholland Drive”), and Eric Roberts (“The Dark Knight”).

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Says Actor/Producer Gianni Capaldi “The Wicked Within will take the audience on a journey of extracting fact from fiction, striking fear into their deepest imagination. It is the type of film you don’t want to find yourself alone after having watched it. We are thrilled that After Dark got excited about it and there can be no better company to partner with to expose this tale of hell bent possession to North America.”

‘8 Films to Die For’ will be released in theaters on October 16, 2015, with Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment handling all ancillary forms of media, including Digital HD™, DVD and VOD.

Official Synopsis:

When a little girl dies, her family gathers to mourn the loss. Yet the pain is not forgotten and a vengeful demon spirit takes possession of a vulnerable family member tearing at the ties that bind them all together. One by one, it forces each family member to confess to his or her buried lies and face the morbid consequences of their sins.

About After Dark Films:

After Dark Films is an Independent motion picture studio formed in 2006 by director/filmmaker Courtney Solomon and Hong Kong based real estate magnate Allan Zeman. After Dark Films’ first motion picture film release was An American Haunting (2006) starring Sissy Spacek and Donald Sutherland. Co-founder and CEO Courtney Solomon wrote, produced, and directed this film under the newly formed After Dark Films banner. An American Haunting reached number two at the box office the opening week of its release.

After the release of An American Haunting, partners Solomon and Zeman formed a multiyear marketing and distribution deal for Horrorfest “8 Films To Die For” between After Dark Films and Lionsgate Entertainment, with After Dark handling theatrical marketing & releases and Lionsgate handling the distribution of all the ancillary forms of media (Home Video, Pay TV, Pay Per View). After Dark Films released Horrorfest 4 in theaters on January 29, 2010.

Building on the success of Horrorfest, After Dark released their first 8 originally produced horror films in January 2011 under the moniker After Dark Originals. After Dark Originals 2 was released in the third quarter of 2013.

After Dark Films and Dark Castle Entertainment debuted their new action movie franchise After Dark Action in 2012. The first generation of After Dark Action included five original, adrenaline pumping films starring international stars such as Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dolph Lundgren, Peter Weller, Jim Caviezel, Cung Le and Christian Slater. After Dark Action showcased the movies theatrically as a commercial film festival in markets nationwide and VOD on May 11th, 2012 with After Dark handling the theatrical marketing & releases and Warner Brothers Entertainment handling the distribution of the ancillary forms of media (Home Video, VOD, Pay Per View, etc.).

About Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, LLC (TCFHE) is the industry leading worldwide marketing, sales and distribution company for all Fox produced, acquired and third party partner film and television programing. Each year TCFHE expands its award-winning global product portfolio with the introduction of new entertainment content through established and emerging formats including DVD, Blu-ray™, Digital HD and VOD.  Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is a subsidiary of 20th Century Fox, a 21st Century Fox Company.

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New Resident Evil: Retribution Website Has the Goods … & Zombies!!

A new, pretty kick ass, website for RESIDENT EVIL: RETRIBUTION has opened up and it offers more than just the typical cast info, plot summary, stills, etc. It also has some pretty kicking 3D graphics and info on a site dedicated to The Umbrella Corporation. Check it out the website here. RESIDENT EVIL: RETRIBUTION is written and directed by Paul W.S. Anderson and stars Milla Jovovich, Boris Kodjoe, Li Bingbing, Kevin Durand, Shawn Roberts, Michelle Rodriguez, Sienna Guillory, Johann Urb, and Colin Salmon. Check out the plot crunch:

The Umbrella Corporation’s deadly T-virus continues to ravage the Earth, transforming the global population into legions of the flesh eating Undead. The human race’s last and only hope, Alice, awakens in the heart of Umbrella’s most clandestine operations facility and unveils more of her mysterious past as she delves further into the complex. Without a safe haven, Alice continues to hunt those responsible for the outbreak; a chase that takes her from Tokyo to New York, Washington, D.C. and Moscow, culminating in a mind-blowing revelation that will force her to rethink everything that she once thought to be true. Aided by newfound allies and familiar friends, Alice must fight to survive long enough to escape a hostile world on the brink of oblivion. The countdown has begun.

Dig on some of the stills below from the new website, and take a close look because I’ll be damned if there aren’t actual zombies shown. Imagine that … zombies in a RESIDENT EVIL flick!!

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First Clips & New Artwork for Resident Evil: Retribution Drop!!

A few clips from the upcoming RESIDENT EVIL: RETRIBUTION have dropped along with some new artwork. This new installment in the RESIDENT EVIL franchise is written and directed by Paul W.S. Anderson and stars Milla Jovovich, Boris Kodjoe, Li Bingbing, Kevin Durand, Shawn Roberts, Michelle Rodriguez, Sienna Guillory, Johann Urb, and Colin Salmon. Check out the plot crunch:

The Umbrella Corporation’s deadly T-virus continues to ravage the Earth, transforming the global population into legions of the flesh eating Undead. The human race’s last and only hope, Alice, awakens in the heart of Umbrella’s most clandestine operations facility and unveils more of her mysterious past as she delves further into the complex. Without a safe haven, Alice continues to hunt those responsible for the outbreak; a chase that takes her from Tokyo to New York, Washington, D.C. and Moscow, culminating in a mind-blowing revelation that will force her to rethink everything that she once thought to be true. Aided by newfound allies and familiar friends, Alice must fight to survive long enough to escape a hostile world on the brink of oblivion. The countdown has begun.

Now dig on the new artwork (upper left side) and clips below:

Pretty much what I expected; stylish and very similar to the fight scenes in the previous entries. Look for RESIDENT EVIL: RETRIBUTION to hit theatres on September 14, 2012.

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New (Disappointing) Images from Resident Evil: Retribution Drop

Judging by the new slew of images released for the upcoming RESIDENT EVIL: RETRIBUTION flick, I’m gonna guess that the plot involves a lot of very good looking individuals standing around in skin-tight outfits, holding guns!! Written and directed by Paul W.S. Anderson, the newest installment in the RESIDENT EVIL franchise stars Milla Jovovich, Sienna Guillory, and Michelle Rodriguez. Check out the plot crunch below and then lots of pics of people holding guns!!

The Umbrella Corporation’s deadly T-virus continues to ravage the Earth, transforming the global population into legions of the flesh eating Undead. The human race’s last and only hope, Alice, awakens in the heart of Umbrella’s most clandestine operations facility and unveils more of her mysterious past as she delves further into the complex. Without a safe haven, Alice continues to hunt those responsible for the outbreak; a chase that takes her from Tokyo to New York, Washington, D.C. and Moscow, culminating in a mind-blowing revelation that will force her to rethink everything that she once thought to be true. Aided by newfound allies and familiar friends, Alice must fight to survive long enough to escape a hostile world on the brink of oblivion. The countdown has begun.

RESIDENT EVIL: RETRIBUTION is set to hit theaters on September 14, 2012.

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Official Resident Evil: Retribution Trailer Drops

The RESIDENT EVIL franchise has it’s ups and downs (mostly downs), but I have to give them credit for at least giving each film a lot of fun energy. And let’s face it; Milla Jovovich is friggin’ sexy as hell, hot as the sun, and kicks so much ass that she makes Ripley look like a Sunday School teacher!! And now with the official release of the trailer for the newest installment, RESIDENT EVIL: RETRIBUTION, I must admit that this one looks pretty badass. RESIDENT EVIL: RETRIBUTION is written and directed by Paul Anderson and stars Milla Jovovich, Boris Kodjoe, Li Bingbing, Kevin Durand, Shawn Roberts, Michelle Rodriguez, Sienna Guillory, Johann Urb, and Colin Salmon. Check out the plot crunch and trailer below and let me know what you think!!

The Umbrella Corporation’s deadly T-virus continues to ravage the Earth, transforming the global population into legions of the flesh eating Undead. The human race’s last and only hope, Alice, awakens in the heart of Umbrella’s most clandestine operations facility and unveils more of her mysterious past as she delves further into the complex. Without a safe haven, Alice continues to hunt those responsible for the outbreak; a chase that takes her from Tokyo to New York, Washington, D.C. and Moscow, culminating in a mind-blowing revelation that will force her to rethink everything that she once thought to be true. Aided by newfound allies and familiar friends, Alice must fight to survive long enough to escape a hostile world on the brink of oblivion. The countdown has begun.

Look for RESIDENT EVIL: RETRIBUTION in theaters on September 14, 2012.

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The Umbrella Corporation Wants to Recruit You in the Latest Resident Evil: Retribution Viral Video

The good old Umbrella Corporation. They’re always looking out for us and trying to better the world, ridding it of hunger, poverty, and apparently (based on history) living people!! But to celebrate the upcoming release of RE5IDENT EVIL: RETRIBUTION, the good folks over at the Umbrella Corporation has put together a new website showing off all the various services they offer (just click the picture below to get started). RE5IDENT EVIL: RETRIBUTION is written and directed by Paul Anderson and stars Milla Jovovich, Boris Kodjoe, Li Bingbing, Kevin Durand, Shawn Roberts, Michelle Rodriguez, Sienna Guillory, Johann Urb, and Colin Salmon. Check out the plot crunch and then click the image below:

The Umbrella Corporation’s deadly T-virus continues to ravage the Earth, transforming the global population into legions of the flesh eating Undead. The human race’s last and only hope, Alice, awakens in the heart of Umbrella’s most clandestine operations facility and unveils more of her mysterious past as she delves further into the complex. Without a safe haven, Alice continues to hunt those responsible for the outbreak; a chase that takes her from Tokyo to New York, Washington, D.C. and Moscow, culminating in a mind-blowing revelation that will force her to rethink everything that she once thought to be true. Aided by newfound allies and familiar friends, Alice must fight to survive long enough to escape a hostile world on the brink of oblivion. The countdown has begun.

Here’s the trailer, and look for RE5IDENT EVIL: RETRIBUTION to hit theaters on September 14, 2012:

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International Banner Artwork Drops for Re5ident Evil: Retribution

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Here’s one I haven’t heard from in a while. RE5IDENT EVIL: RETRIBUTION has just released some new artwork and it’s looking pretty good!! Written and directed by Paul Anderson and starring Milla Jovovich, Boris Kodjoe, Li Bingbing, Kevin Durand, Shawn Roberts, Michelle Rodriguez, Sienna Guillory, Johann Urb, and Colin Salmon is set for a September 14, 2012 release. Here’s the plot crunch:

The Umbrella Corporation’s deadly T-virus continues to ravage the Earth, transforming the global population into legions of the flesh eating Undead. The human race’s last and only hope, Alice, awakens in the heart of Umbrella’s most clandestine operations facility and unveils more of her mysterious past as she delves further into the complex. Without a safe haven, Alice continues to hunt those responsible for the outbreak; a chase that takes her from Tokyo to New York, Washington, D.C. and Moscow, culminating in a mind-blowing revelation that will force her to rethink everything that she once thought to be true. Aided by newfound allies and familiar friends, Alice must fight to survive long enough to escape a hostile world on the brink of oblivion. The countdown has begun.

Looking forward to this one?

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