Wickedly Evil review – glimmers of zest in Irish heist-gone-wrong comedy-horror


A group of dim-witted criminals are attempting to lay low in a secluded bungalow near Dublin after a botched robbery. One member is seriously injured, the person holding the stolen money has disappeared, a neighbor knows one of their real names, and the most energetic member has abducted a witness and hidden her in the trunk of their escape vehicle. To complicate matters, the witness happens to be the beloved daughter of a ruthless crime boss in the area. As if this wasn’t enough, this situation is also part of a comedic horror film.

Unfortunately, while potentially entertaining, Wickedly Evil lacks originality and fails to deliver on the promised genre thrills. The film appears to draw influence from respected works like Reservoir Dogs, Shaun of the Dead, and Clerks, but the production quality is on par with student films. It is uncertain whether this is due to limited resources hindering talented individuals, but as the saying goes, even the best chef cannot create a Michelin star-worthy meal if they are working with inadequate tools. (Although, to give credit where credit is due, John Waters always manages to impress with less financial resources.)

The script for Wickedly Evil has sporadic bursts of liveliness and enthusiasm, but they can only be noticed by closely observing like a talent scout, searching for any hidden potential. Fortunately, there is another group who will thoroughly enjoy this movie: the acquaintances and loved ones of the actors and production team, who will easily recognize the highlights and disregard any less believable aspects.

Source: theguardian.com