Pyewacket - Frightfest Review By
James W, Monday 5th March 2018
You know the feeling you get when you see a film that you know nothing about, not even the title gives anything away and you view with an open mind and then it blows your proverbial socks off? Well this is exactly what happened to me with Pyewacket.
Confused and infuriated for being forced to move away from friends after the death of her father, Leah (Nicole Munoz) performs a blood incantation calling on an evil entity to punish her grieving mother (Laurie Holden). Immediately regretful, she realises she can't reverse the ritual curse and an unholy presence now stalks them both in their rural home.
Where do I start with such a movie? Well, let's begin with the script from director Adam MacDonald which is fast-paced and pithy with a slow-burning tension that keeps you on edge. The idea of lost teenage souls pining for more has been done hundreds of times before but never with this ferocity or intelligence. MacDonald allows time for us to care about each character, to look at life from their bleak and sad situations then pulls the rug directly from under us.
The cast are sublime and add sincere bleeding-hearts to this piece which makes it so emotional during the final 30 minutes or so. Munoz and Holden are perfect as daughter and mother who are not living, just existing. The pain they are living through is etched on their faces and each scene they share is an excursion into bleakness and played to absolute perfection.
The small supporting cast add much to the movie, giving Leah some reason for her sadness, for her constant emptiness that is more than just the loss of her father. For a time, her interest in the occult takes a backseat but when the film moves into the invocation sequence it turns a huge corner and the unsettling sequence in the forest leads to an almost suffocating experience.
Pyewacket is a rare movie, one that scares, one that unsettles and one that is truly chilling.
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4 STARS, ADAM MACDONALD, LAURIE HOLDEN, NICOLE MUņOZ, PYEWACKET
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