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A low-budget supernatural thriller that was premiered at the Sundance festival in 2001. George and Kim are on their way with their son Miles to a well-deserved holiday in upstate New York. But en-route George accidentally hits a deer with the car and is confronted by an angry hunter, Otis. Once they reach their destination they discover that Otis lives next door and strange things begin to happen in the cottage; Miles has been told by a local shopkeeper about the Indian legend of the Wendigo, a half-deer, half-man beast and begins to think that the family is being hunted by this creature.
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A blue Volvo makes its way through the fading light on a chilly winter evening in upstate New York. Kim, George and their eight-year-old son, Miles, are city dwellers stealing a weekend away at a friends country farmhouse. But a freak accident sets off a chain of events that will alter their lives forever
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Well Wendigo doesn't have much of that going on it's true. What it does have is a sustained and unsettling atmosphere that means you truly don't know what is going to happen to the lead characters - although you fear the worst. The opening breakdown sequence with strangely threatening locals stopping to help, the unpleasant discoveries in the house they have rented and the neighbours' gutting deer in the backyard all conspire to set the viewer on edge and keep him or her there for most of the running time. Sure there are weaker moments here and there; the wise old Indian stuff is a bit daft for instance. But the wintry landscapes and the similarly icy dynamics both within the family and in their relationship with the villagers, the unseen presence of something far worse and the final descent into horror all make this a pretty satisfying spooky tale.
The characters are built up quite well. There is a sense of warmth in watching the family.
When stuff starts happening - which is a pretty long wait, by the way - it's worth waiting for, so long as you find the atmospheric elements effective.
If you're looking for an action-based horror movie, don't bother.
The movie itself is very, very creepy. There are a few little jump scares, but the whole film is unnerving. Especially the Wendigos many appearances and a first person views.
Fantastic film, just the ending lets it down slightly, it feels unfulfilled.
There are a couple of problems with the film, the biggest is the difficulty in making out the dialogue. A large proportion of the story is taken up with the couple talking quietly to each other. It's possible to get the gist of what they're saying but, frustratingly, it's hard to catch most of it. Subtitles would have been very helpful, but there are no subtitles. Another problem is that most of the potential customers for this DVD will be hoping to see a scary horror film with a terrifying supernatural monster. However, most of the fear and tension is provided by the sinister hunters, one of whom is particularly creepy. When we finally get to see the Wendigo, it's fabulous, but it must be about two thirds of the way through the film before it finally puts in an appearance. I almost enjoyed the film but I would have liked more of the amazing Wendigo and less of the (not very original) human conflict. The winter woodland, the sense of impending doom and the representation of the Wendigo are worth high praise, but the poor sound spoils it.
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