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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: #259,192 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Wendigo" on IMDb

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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...

Customer Reviews

While driving on the road, they run over a deer and end up with their car stuck on the snow.
Jose David
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.
Hogarth Hughes
The hue of the film and the way in which camera angles are used in this movie borrows heavily from the theatrical blunder - The Blair Witch Project.
JL1984

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By H.G. Lovecraft on November 12, 2007
Format: DVD
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 By Hogarth Hughes on January 5, 2003
Format: DVD
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bindy Sue Frønkünschtein TOP 1000 REVIEWER on November 25, 2009
Format: DVD
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 By Ron Sullivan on February 14, 2004
Format: DVD
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 By Wuchak on November 7, 2012
Format: DVD
"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. A local hunter takes a disliking to the husband (Jake Weber) while the couple's son becomes increasingly concerned about their environment and a Native American legend -- the Wendigo, an angry spirit that can manifest as man, beast, tree or wind.

"Wendigo" is not a conventional creature feature so if you're looking for a typical monster flick look elsewhere. The movie has a slow build-up filled with mundane drama, which some have criticized. Yet this is reminiscent of films like The Birds (Collector's Edition)," where the main characters and a sense of realism are well established before things get going.

"Wendigo" is a mood piece more than anything else. The mysteriousness of the lonely Catskill woods is evoked along with a sense of wonder and fear of the unknown. It's a vibe more akin to "The Mothman Prophecies" than "Ogre (Unrated)."

Like "The Mothman Prophecies" "Wendigo" is somehow a pleasure just to watch (as long as you're not psyched-up for a monster-slasher flick). There's a quiet style and expertise to the filmmaking that smacks of professionalism.

Patricia Clarkson is effective as the wife/mother and little Erik Per Sullivan is excellent as the son, Miles.

Interestingly, none of the special effects were done with CGI, but rather cinematic techniques, costumes, make-up and creative editing.
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