The Dark and the Wicked is a 2020 American horror film written and directed by Bryan Bertino. It stars Marin Ireland, Michael Abbott Jr. and Xander Berkeley.
Louise and Michael are distant siblings who are brought back to the family farm in Texas when their father’s illness, which keeps him bedridden and uncommunicative, cared for by his wife and a nurse, worsens. Their mother seems disturbed and expresses a desire for the children to leave. At night, she hangs herself in the barn after cutting off her own fingers in the kitchen.
As time goes on, Louise and Michael start to understand what happened to their mother. The nurse confides in them that she heard her whispering to the father, but it seemed as if she was speaking not to him, but some other presence. Michael finds their mother’s diary, which describes her fears of an unnamed presence trying to take the soul of her husband. The presence makes itself known to the siblings in increasingly terrifying and deadly ways, ultimately pushing Michael to suicide after he flees the house without Louise. Louise, traumatized by repeated interactions with the demonic presence, including the suicide of the nurse, remains with her father at the farm. As he dies, he is possessed by the presence, which in turn attacks Louise shortly after.
Marin Ireland as Louise
Michael Abbott Jr. as Michael
Xander Berkeley as Priest
Lynn Andrews as Nurse
Julie Oliver-Touchstone as Mother
Michael Zagst as Father
Tom Nowicki as Charlie
Ella Ballentine as Young Girl
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