WICKEDLY EVIL (2023)
101 Films. Digital 13th November.
This starts intriguingly, but rapidly goes downhill – with police sirens wailing and a call out about a robbery in progress. Two guys, Dancer (James Farrelly) and Gaz (Darryl Carter) are dressed in green tracksuits and wearing frog masks – arguing about the fact they should have been ninja turtle disguises! Making their escape they come face to face with a young girl – who we later learn is Clare (Louise Bourke), daughter of the local crime boss – who shoots at them.
Cut to Frankie (Joseph McGucken) turning up at a remote house. Luckily for him neighbour Sadie (Cat L. Walsh) turns up with a key, so he can get inside, as he is unable to locate the one meant to be hidden under a flowerpot.
That night he is confronted by Dancer, wielding a gun, accusing him of ratting them out. After calming down they manage to get Gaz – the one who was shot – into the house. Unfortunately for him he is potentially mortally wounded with no hope of being taken to a hospital.
Also Dancer hasn’t told Frankie the full story and has put them all into a deadly situation with the big crime-lord after them. Add to this who is the strange old woman at the window and why is their neighbour Sadie quite so friendly.
An economically budgeted, supposed horror-comedy from Ireland, this starts off as kind of low rent Reservoir Dogs – at one point one of them explicitly cites that classic – but this is no Tarantino. Oh that it reached those heights… though I suppose you can’t fault them for trying. Consequently you get lots (and lots and lots) of talking, large amounts of swearing, a surfeit of plot explanations without showing, because they couldn’t afford it, and very little else. This does eventually veer into horror territory but by then it’s too little too late!