“Norman Bates meets Carrie in this fast paced thriller!”
Hitting DVD shelves this week is the new supernatural thriller from director Kevin Carraway, Way of the Wicked. This compelling thriller is the tale of Robbie (Jake Crocker) who has returned back to his hometown after a fatal accident drove him away years before. Upon his return he has his eyes on a love from his past Heather (Emily Tennant) who happens to be the daughter of the town sheriff (Vinnie Jones). Robbie has a an evil secret that manifests as soon as he returns and the only person who can stop him is a reclusive priest (Christian Slater) who knows the evil he holds.
Way of the wicked is a sneaky good thriller with an intense storyline and a film altering twist at the end. The cast is amazing and really pulls the film together that walks a fine line between MTV movie and a Lifetime film. Not that those are bad things as the film has the range and appeal to be enjoyed by audiences of any genres. What excels the film are the unique relationships between Crocker and Tennant along with very natural back and forth between her and Jones.
Crocker really relishes in the awkward role of Robbie. Part Norman Bates, part Carrie his unforgettable performance fits perfectly in the seams of this well etched suspense flick. His character will remind you of most of the stereotyped loners at any school but when you see what he is capable he stands like no other. We really enjoyed the initial confrontation with him and Jones as it truly set the tone for the rest of the film. Crocker has a bright future on the screen and is one to look for in the near future.
Way of the Wicked is an entertaining drama but does tend to side more on adolescent way of thought. The film was almost tailor made to feel like it’s a television production which won't be welcoming for some fans. There are a few parts of the film that many viewers will dislike due to the lack of destruction that many of the scenes tease. There is a small amount of blood and mayhem in the film that if increased could have really helped pushed the threshold. After speaking with the director Kevin Carraway he mentioned that the goal was not to have too much blood and gore. While it still worked for the film it will cause fans to want more. The ending of the film is what sets it apart from most of the recent thrillers and really solidifies the production. We think most will be pleasantly surprised by Way of the Wicked as we surely were!
Way of the Wicked is now available on DVD and Blu ray. It is directed by Kevin Carraway and stars Christian Slater, Vinnie Jones, Emily Tennant and Jake Croker. Way of the Wicked is being distributed by RLJ/Image Entertainment.