In the present, Ben Shaw comes to live with his father Liam as his parents are in the middle of a divorce. Liam gives Ben a job working at the marina, where he befriends Mallory. During his shift, he notices Liam kissing a co-worker named Sara. In the woods, Dillon, the son of Liam's neighbour Abbie, finds a tree with the same symbol seen at the Gambel house. He hears what sounds like Abbie's voice coming from the tree, calling to him before Abbie appears. They bring a buck home that they hit, and later that night, something crawls out of the buck's corpse.
Ben investigates strange noises he hears on the roof. He follows the sounds to Abbie's house, but all he finds is an animal. He catches a glimpse of a witch on the porch, but cannot be sure what he saw due to Abbie's husband Ty turning on the porch light. Ben befriends Dillon and makes him promise to tell him if he sees anything strange around his house. That night, Abbie goes to check on her infant son Sam (Dillon's younger brother) in his crib. However, she finds that he disappeared, replaced by a bundle of sticks. She is then attacked by the witch. Ben later notices Abbie walking into the forest with a child.
John-Paul Howard as Ben Shaw
Piper Curda as Mallory
Jamison Jones as Liam Shaw
Azie Tesfai as Sara
Zarah Mahler as Abbie
Kevin Bigley as Ty
Gabriela Quezada Bloomgarden as JJ
The Wretched is a 2019 American supernatural horror film written and directed by the Pierce Brothers. It stars John-Paul Howard, Piper Curda, Zarah Mahler, Kevin Bigley, Gabriela Quezada Bloomgarden, Richard Ellis, Blane Crockarell, Jamison Jones, and Azie Tesfai. The film follows a defiant teenage boy who faces off with an evil witch posing as the neighbour next door.
The Wretched had its world premiere at the Fantasia International Film Festival on July 19, 2019, and was released in drive-in theatres and through Premium VOD on May 1, 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic limiting the number of films in theatres, it became the first film since Avatar (2009) to top the box office for six consecutive weekends.