Rural horror always hits a sweet spot for me. The best ones give me the comfort of my grandma’s house before hitting everything scary about the country after dark. The trailer for The Dark and the Wicked sets us down with a family who has gathered for a father’s last breaths. It gives us notes grief, isolation, and folklore without letting us in on what darkness has descended on the farm.

The Dark and the Wicked gives us notes grief, isolation, and folklore.  

Without giving away the truth about what is going on, the trailer treats us to some frightening and beautiful images. It captures the expanse of its rustic setting and sets up a lot of questions that we’ll have to wait for the full film to answer. The Dark and the Wicked already has a good buzz coming out of Fantasia Fest 2020 and it will be available in theaters, on demand, and digital November 6, 2020

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.