The Pierce Brothers wrote and directed The Wretched, a supernatural horror movie released in 2019. Piper Curda, Zarah Mahler, Kevin Bigley, Gabriela Quezada Bloomgarden, Richard Ellis, Blane Crockarell, Jamison Jones, and Azie Tesfai feature in the film. The storey concerns a stubborn adolescent boy who is pitted against an evil witch who poses as his next-door neighbour.
On July 19, 2019, The Wretched made its global premiere at the Fantasia International Film Festival, and on May 1, 2020, this was released in drive-in cinemas as well as on Premium VOD. Becoming the first picture until Avatar (2009) to lead the box office for six consecutive weekends, thanks to the COVID-19 epidemic restricting the number of films in cinemas.
The shooting actually occurred at the Pierces’ hometown of Omena and Northport, Michigan.
Devin Burrows, a composer as well as a boyhood friend of the Pierce Brothers, created the film’s soundtrack. According to a 2020 Nightmare on Film Street interview with Burrows, he went to the movie’s filming locales prior to principal photography to include natural inspiration as well as an influence into the soundtrack. The group also collaborated on the Pierce Brothers’ movie Deadheads in 2011.
The movie has a 75% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, relying on 110 reviews, with such an average rating of 6.2/10. “The Wretched stirs up a delectable combination of witch-in-the-woods horror ingredients that should leave genre fans wanting for a second helping from writer-directors Brett and Drew T. Pierce,” the website’s reviewers consensus states. The film has a weighted average score of 61 out of 100 on Metacritic, signifying “generally good reviews” based on 15 critic reviews.