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Something Wicked (2014/Arc DVD)

Picture: B- Sound: B- Extras: D Film: C-

A Tale of Evil Deeds and Doomed Love

Brittany Murphy's final film, Something Wicked, is a bit of a mess. It aims to be a high stakes supernatural thriller and instead becomes predictable fair. It may seem a little surprising that the film is just now being released, as it was filmed in 2009 and has been on the shelf until now. However, for being produced for a lean three million, the film manages to have some interesting production design and some creepy moments, but not enough to make it a cult classic.

Something Wicked stars Shantel Van Santen, John Robinson, Julian Morris, James Patrick Stuart, Robert Blanche and Angelique Perrin and is directed by Darin Scott.

Christine, a virgin bride-to-be (VanSanten) and her fiance James (Robinson) have a promising future ahead of them. Christine has just been accepted to Oregon University and is excited both about the prospect of her education, but also the chance to start a family of own. However, an unexpected and gruesome car crash leaves both of her parents dead and Christine is wrought with grief.

As her wedding day approaches, the terror only get worse as she tries to convince others that she is being stalked. Susan, her psychiatrist, (Murphy) feels that Christine is displaying signs of PTSD as dark secrets from the past slowly emerge. The film starts and ends strong, but with a second act that is painfully dull. It also claims to be based on a true story, which seems a little unlikely but we can believe.

The presentation on the disc is fine for DVD with a standard definition transfer and a lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 track. Special features include trailers for RPG, Zarra's Law, The Barber, and Something Wicked, though only Something Wicked's trailer will be available from the main menu.

All in all, it's sad that such a talented actress as Brittany Murphy went out on a low note with this, but it could have been worse.

- James Harland Lockhart V



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