Halloween is over, but that doesn’t mean 2020 is done with its tricks and treats. There are still several horror films left and we’ve got a line on a couple coming down the pike that are worth your time. One such ghoulish delight is RLJ Entertainment‘s The Dark and the Wicked.
The pensive thriller from Bryan Bertino (The Strangers) is an exercise in tension and pacing. It relishes the concept of less-is-more as grief stricken siblings return to their childhood ranch to deal with their parents’ end of life affairs…and, maybe, the devil.
One of the most interesting actors we’ve interviewed in recent years is, hands down, Michael Abbott Jr. We had a wonderful discussion with him after Fantastic Fest about his role in The Death of Dick Long (check it out here), and we had just as much fun catching up with him this week.
In Bertino’s film, Abbott was reunited with Marin Ireland (fun fact: he helped her get the role) and this is Abbott’s first foray into horror as an actor. Herein he brings the same depth and enthusiasm only this time with a thick Texas accent.
Hailing from the great state of Tennessee, Abbott has dabbled in all manner of showmanship from his time as an Elvis impersonator, to his turns in theater and TV, to say nothing of his talents as a licensed auctioneer. He’s even an ordained minister. Yes, you read that right.
We chatted with Abbott on My Bloody Podcast which is a show run by our two good friends and Dallas film critics: Bryan Kluger of BoomStickComics and High Def Digest and Preston Barta of Fresh Fiction and the Denton Record-Chronicle.
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On a secluded farm, a man is slowly dying. Bedridden and fighting through his final breaths, his wife is slowly succumbing to overwhelming grief. To help their mother and say goodbye to their father, siblings Louise (Marin Ireland) and Michael (Michael Abbott Jr.) return to their family farm. It doesn’t take long for them to see that something’s wrong with mom, though—something more than her heavy sorrow. Gradually, as their own grief mounts, Louise and Michael begin suffering from a darkness similar to their mother’s, marked by waking nightmares and a growing sense that something evil is taking over their family.
RLJE Films will release the horror film THE DARK AND THE WICKED In Theaters, On Digital and On Demand November 6, 2020.