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IFC reveals drive-in bookings and a cool retro ad for “THE WRETCHED”

Friday, April 24, 2020 | News

By MICHAEL GINGOLD

While most theaters are closed due to the pandemic, some drive-ins across the country are still operating, and that’s where IFC Midnight is sending its new horror film THE WRETCHED next week. They’ve even come up with an old-fashioned ad to promote it.

THE WRETCHED, written and directed by Brett and Drew Pierce, will open Friday, May 1 at the following venues:

  • West Wind Glendale Drive-in, Glendale, AZ
  • West Wind Sacramento Drive-in, Sacramento, CA
  • Ocala Drive-In, Ocala, FL
  • Sweet Onion Cinemas, Vidalia, GA
  • Mission Tiki Drive In, Montclair, CA
  • Starlight Drive-In Theatre, Atlanta, GA

It’ll also be available on VOD that day. Matt Desiderio created the ad art seen below. THE WRETCHED stars John-Paul Howard, Piper Curda, Jamison Jones, Azie Tesfai, Zarah Mahler, Kevin Bigley and Madelynn Stuenkel as the witchy title character; the synopsis: “Following his parents’ separation, a rebellious teenage boy, Ben [Howard], is sent to live with his father for the summer and work at the local marina in order to gain some form of discipline. The idyllic tourist town offers little solace for him, however, as he is forced to deal with the local, privileged teens and his father’s new girlfriend. Ben’s problems grow increasingly disturbing when he makes a chilling discovery about the family renting the house next door. A malevolent spirit from the woods has taken ahold of the parents and starts playing a sinister game of house, preying upon the children and wiping away any trace of their existence. Ben’s suspicions of the supernatural horrors go unheeded and he launches a perilous crusade in order to put an end to the skin-walking witch’s reign of terror.” See our review of THE WRETCHED here and an interview with the Pierces here.

Michael Gingold
Michael Gingold (RUE MORGUE's Head Writer) has been covering the world of horror cinema for over three decades, and spent 28 years as a writer and editor for FANGORIA magazine and its website. In addition to RUE MORGUE, he currently writes for BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH, SCREAM, IndieWire.com, TIME OUT, DELIRIUM and others. His book THE FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO MONSTER MOVIES (FAB Press) is out this fall, and he has contributed liner notes and featurettes to a number of Blu-ray and DVD releases. Among his screenplay credits are SHADOW: DEAD RIOT and LEECHES!, and he is currently working on THE DOLL with director Dante Tomaselli.