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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.
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
"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.Read more ›
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A nicely told indie tale. The FX at the end where better left to the imagination, however. Very cheesy FX. Either do it right or leave it out, please!Published 5 months ago by J. Lody
I have looking around for this movie for awhile and I am so glad I have found it. I have told my kids about it but they always thought it sounded weird but now they get to see in... Read morePublished 13 months ago by BW
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 morePublished on December 19, 2013 by Bartok Kinski
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 morePublished on July 30, 2013 by Nathan
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 morePublished on January 22, 2013 by Mr. Joe Newman
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 morePublished on February 5, 2011 by Jose David
Larry Fesseden deserves credit for trying to be innovative, and for trying to utilize atmosphere over violence and special effects. Read morePublished on September 11, 2010 by Andrew J. Sydlik
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 morePublished on February 3, 2010 by Kody Boye
My wife and I rented this at the video store one night, the description on the box sounded great, the movie wasn't. Read morePublished on June 11, 2009 by Chad Taylor