‘Wounds’ is a 2019 American-British psychological horror film written and directed by Babak Anvari (Under the Shadow) and based on the novella The Visible Filth by Nathan Ballingrud wherein story follows a New Orleans bartender whose life begins to unravel after a series of disturbing and inexplicable events begin to happen when he picks up a phone left behind at his bar. ‘Wounds’ is scheduled to be released in the United States on October 18, 2019, by Hulu and in the United Kingdom on Netflix.
The lengthy opening scene of the movie finds Will chatting with Alicia and her boyfriend (Karl Glusman), breaking up a brutal fight that leaves his burly friend Eric (Brad William Henke) injured, and eventually picking up a phone with a couple harmless-looking stickers on it left behind by a group of mysterious teenagers. After getting home late, Will unlocks the phone and receives a few disturbing texts from the phone, plus a video of a decaying human skull swarmed by cockroaches. He shows it to Carrie, but remains relatively calm, telling himself that the phone must belong to “some nerd who works in special effects.”
Starring Armie Hammer, Dakota Johnson, Zazie Beetz, Karl Glusman and Brad William Henke. Relying quite heavily on thunderously scored jump scares, inevitably some of them do work and aside from the more manipulative moments, Anvari does also manage a handful of arresting visuals, especially during the final, nutso scene. But the unintended outcome of these glimpses is a desire for a more effective framework for them to live within. Wounds creeps and crawls and pokes and bleeds but it never really works.