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Wendigo (2002)

Patricia Clarkson , Jake Weber , Larry Fessenden  |  R |  DVD
2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Patricia Clarkson, Jake Weber, John Speredakos, Erik Per Sullivan
  • Directors: Larry Fessenden
  • Writers: Larry Fessenden
  • Producers: Jeff Levy-Hinte
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lionsgate
  • DVD Release Date: June 4, 2012
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006SFJM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #216,743 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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As Kim and George (Patricia Clarkson and Jake Weber) and their son Miles (Erik Per Sullivan) drive to the Catskills to spend a weekend away, they accidentally hit a deer and are run off the road. But what seems to be a mere occurrence of misfortune marks the beginning of a terrifying journey, where myth becomes reality and an evil spirit, half man and half animal, haunts a small town...

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As Kim and George (Patricia Clarkson and Jake Weber) and their son Miles (Erik Per Sullivan) drive to the Catskills to spend a weekend away, they accidentally hit a deer and are run off the road. But what seems to be a mere occurrence of misfortune marks the beginning of a terrifying journey, where myth becomes reality and an evil spirit, half man and half animal, haunts a small town...

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very underated November 12, 2007
Does it compare to gifted British writer Algernon Blackwoods chilling story? Not really.........but I have to admit that I was shocked concerning how much I enjoyed this film particularly the second time around. Now.......there are many opinions on why people like or dislike this movie so I don't want to be disrespectful of the views of others, but I honestly felt that for the most part that director Larry Fessenden made a pretty unique & errie film.

However.....I would not really class it as conventional "horror" but rather a tale of supernatural legend/lore if that makes any sense? A dear friend who is a production designer/artist was a guest at a special
screening of Phantasm in NY a couple years ago & Fessenden attended as he was screening a new film as well. My friend remarked to him that he & I really enjoyed Wendigo & how difficult it is to find new & innovative stuff, but we were a little put off by some of the creature shots that he chose to use in the film while there were shots in the special features that looked much better ,but other than that the film was pretty tight. Needless to say this did not go over well with the somewhat jaded director & he refused to reply? This is why I try to be a little careful because this comment closed the door on getting other interesting aspects regarding the film. All in all, the atmospere was great, shot entirely on location in rural upstate NY in the dead of winter & even without the snow you feel the cold dark woods & trust me, the mood throughout the entire film is unsettling & creepy.It very effectively conveys gloom & despair, plus.... the acting is first rate & the Native American score is quite haunting so to me, this is a very well put together film that I would highly recomend to anybody thats into errie local legends & lore or just spooky stories in general.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Wendi-d that 90 minutes-go? January 5, 2003
Big fan of atmosphere. The type of things that come to mind when looking for spooky, tangable tension in film could be; being chased by Jack Nicolson with axe in hand through a wintery maze or exploring the haunted interior of a large abandoned insane asylum via sweeping, drawn out camera pans accompanied by erie music. What 'Wendigo' gives the viewer is a truckload of atmosphere, but little else. The movie starts off in the right vein. The first 30 minutes are pretty good and I was thinking this could be a great horror flick. The rest was junk, and it keeps getting worse until the end of the movie when you don't know what just happened and why and what exactly was the point. Director Larry Fessenden Knows how to create a mood but doesn't know where to take it, leaving the plot flat and the characters boring. This is the type of film that might have benefitted from either some good CGI or leaving it up to the viewer's imagination as far as the title creature's appearence in the last ten minutes.... All and all a bit above most so-called horror films lurking out there, but just a bit.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wendigo Schmendigo... November 25, 2009
If you're expecting a monster movie where dozens of victims are torn to pieces by a CGI creature, forget it. WENDIGO is a dark tale, mostly shown from a child's point of view, about imagination, mythology, and making sense out of harsh reality. A boy named Miles (Erik Per Sullivan) is thrust into increasingly nightmarish circumstances when a family vacation becomes a deadly ordeal. After infuriating a vengeful hunter named Otis (John Speredakos), the family becomes the object of this unbalanced man's rage. The boy's parents (Jake Weber and Patricia Clarkson) attempt to deal w/ the building insanity by using logic and psychology, while Miles is introduced to the spiritual world of the WENDIGO. The supernatural aspects of the story could be fact or fiction, the result of an intervening spirit or halucination. From young Miles' perspective, it is all too real. It is his view that drives the movie...
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Showed Promise February 14, 2004
Man, every once in a while you find a movie that really could have been cool if it just had a little more money pumped into it. 'Wendigo' is a great example of this.
As many other reviewers have pointed out, the atmosphere was really eerie. I thought the director (Larry Fessenden) did a great job in setting the mood and directing his cast. Other reviewers seem to disagree, but I though it was well acted. Problem is though, it was almost as if Fessenden knew that the special FX were going to be lousy. It seems to me like he tried to cover this up by dragging out the opening sequences and limiting the ammount of time that the Wendigo is on the screen to the bare minimum.
This really ended up hurting his final product. I wound up feeling like the movie turned out to be no better then a "pretty good" X-Files episode. Simply put, it took too long to get started and then ended too quickly.
Bottom line is, if you can catch it on cable or rent it at a reasonable rate, it's not at all a waste of your time. However, I honestly just couldn't justify spending the money to buy a copy
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Need For Myth December 14, 2006
This creepy indie film has a family heading out to upstate New York to a friend's cabin to get a bit of a vacation. On their way they hit a deer and earn the ire of a local named Otis. Otis and friend had been tracking the deer for hours. An antler was cracked by the accident making it worth much less. Eventually they manage to leave the hunters behind and make it to the house. The next day they go into town for some supplies and the boy meets a strange Native American who teaches him about the legend of the Wendigo. While not scared at first by the legend, the fear generated by the incident with the hunters begins to plague the boy.

Later, the father is injured while sledding with the boy. The boy gets scared and believes he is chased by the Wendigo. He is found hours later by his mother. Together they set out to find the father. They find him and the boy has another run in with the Wendigo. The action then moves to the hospital where the father receives treatment. The boy sees the Indian again and the film ends. Just stops. That's it.

According to an interview with the writer/director there is no monster in the film. He is trying to show how myths come about to help explain the world. But that doesn't explain the mysterious Indian that no one else seems to see. Most of the acting was pretty good although some of the hospital personnel were poorly portrayed (I especially didn't like the casual and cavalier way one staff member delivered some news and sauntered away). When the film ended I felt a little gypped. There were plot threads I wanted to know more about. We have a main character who may be wounded or dead and we never find out either way. There is so much more to the story and it is just not there.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Digo My Brain, Boring
This film wants to be too many things at once, preposterous art house flick, horror film, and porn film but in the end, it turns out to be stupid and quite boring. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Bartok Kinski
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesomely flawed
This really isn't a five star film, but if you're interested in film as an art form it's totally worth watching. Wendigo starts out strong. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Nathan
1.0 out of 5 stars threw it in the trash. not even worth giving to Goodwill
I am a huge fan of the Wendigo myth and half way through it became obvious that this movie is nothing like the actual Wendigo in any way. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Mr. Joe Newman
4.0 out of 5 stars An "angry" spirit haunts the Catskills
"Wendigo" (2001) is a story about a couple from New York City who take a weekend trip to the Catskills in the middle of winter. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Wuchak
1.0 out of 5 stars Interesting subject, terrible story (Warning: Spoilers ahead)
With all due respect this movie is terrible. I just bought it yesterday for $7 at a nearby store. I bought this movie because it is about the myth of "The Wendigo;" an Algonquian... Read more
Published on February 5, 2011 by Jose David
2.0 out of 5 stars Could Have Been Better
Larry Fesseden deserves credit for trying to be innovative, and for trying to utilize atmosphere over violence and special effects. Read more
Published on September 11, 2010 by Andrew J. Sydlik
3.0 out of 5 stars A story film (not to be mistaken for a horror one.)
Certain things can happen on perfectly-normal, ordinary days. You can be driving down the street, minding your own business, and hit a deer; you can go on a vacation and find... Read more
Published on February 3, 2010 by Kody Boye
1.0 out of 5 stars Not Horror, just Horrid
My wife and I rented this at the video store one night, the description on the box sounded great, the movie wasn't. Read more
Published on June 11, 2009 by Chad Taylor
3.0 out of 5 stars Winter spirit
Mostly I enjoyed this film. I liked that much is from the little boy's veiwpoint. There is a certain suspense and foreboding throughout, both physical and imagined. Read more
Published on October 4, 2008 by John D. Aldridge
1.0 out of 5 stars This Movie SUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCKED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
It had no plot and no point. All it is, is a family running into a creepy white trash stalker who shoots at their house and peeks in the window. Read more
Published on February 14, 2007
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