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Some myths are real. See more »
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George is a high-strung professional photographer who is starting to unravel from the stress of his work with a Manhattan advertising agency... See more » | Add synopsis »
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4 wins & 5 nominations See more »
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A flawed attempt of making an intelligent horror movie... See more (144 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Patricia Clarkson ... Kim

Jake Weber ... George

Erik Per Sullivan ... Miles

John Speredakos ... Otis
Christopher Wynkoop ... Sheriff Tom Hale
Lloyd Oxendine ... Elder

Brian Delate ... Everett
Daniel Sherman ... Billy
Jennifer Wiltsie ... Martha
Maxx Stratton ... Brandon

Richard Stratton ... Earl
Dash Stratton ... Little Otis
Dwayne Navara ... Mechanic
Shelly Bolding ... Store Owner
Susan Pellegrino ... Nurse
James Godwin ... Wendigo
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joseph C. Felece ... Surgeon

Jack Fessenden ... Young Miles

Daniel Stewart Sherman ... Billy

Directed by
Larry Fessenden 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Larry Fessenden 

Produced by
Jeffrey Kusama-Hinte .... producer (as Jeffrey Levy-Hinte)
Edward R. Pressman .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Michelle DiBucci 
 
Cinematography by
Terry Stacey 
 
Film Editing by
Larry Fessenden 
 
Casting by
Mary Clay Boland 
Sheila Jaffe 
Georgianne Walken 
 
Production Design by
Stephen Beatrice 
 
Art Direction by
Andy Biscontini 
 
Set Decoration by
Shelley Herbert 
 
Costume Design by
Jill Newell 
 
Makeup Department
Tisha Koeppel .... hair designer
James Ojala .... creature effects crew: Direct Effects
Josh Turi .... special makeup effects artist
 
Production Management
Gwen Bialic .... production supervisor
April Blair .... unit production manager
Pria Thakran .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dan Brillman .... second second assistant director
Cecily Kaston .... first assistant director
Alyson Latz .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Brahm Revel .... storyboard artist
Hunter Thompson .... art production assistant
Joanna M. Wright .... assistant property master
 
Sound Department
Nancy Cabrera .... foley artist
Ryan Clark .... assistant sound editor
Michelle DiBucci .... soundscape
Tom Efinger .... sound re-recording mixer
Tom Efinger .... supervising sound editor
Nicholas Montgomery .... foley artist
Nicholas Montgomery .... sound effects editor
Jay Peck .... foley artist
Abigail Savage .... dialogue editor
Jose Torres .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Jay Silver .... effects photography
John Stifanich .... special effects coordinator
Dayton Taylor .... special effects producer
 
Visual Effects by
Timothy Considine .... visual effects supervisor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Alan Blagg .... additional grip
Greg Cangemi .... electrician
Claire F. Cario .... first assistant camera
Oliver Cary .... camera operator
Doug Kennedy .... key grip
Joe Langford .... camera loader
Timothy Reilly .... best boy grip
Craig Striano .... third grip
Attika Torrence .... grip
 
Casting Department
Katharina Eggmann .... casting associate
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Tiffany Pentz .... key wardrobe assistant
 
Editorial Department
Jason Brodkey .... assistant editor
Paul Zucker .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Edward Bilous .... score producer
Paula Bing .... musician: flutes
Alex Blake .... musician: bass
Gary Chester .... music recordist
Michelle DiBucci .... conductor
Michelle DiBucci .... orchestrator
Michelle DiBucci .... score producer
Ani Gregorian .... musician: violin
Juliet Haffner .... musician: violin solos
Greg Kalember .... music mixer
Greg Kalember .... score producer
Helen Kim .... musician: violin
Pauline Kim .... musician: violin
John Klibonoff .... musician: piano
Conway Kuo .... musician: violin
Jeffrey Mironov .... musician: guitars (as Jeff Mironov)
Ted Mook .... musician: cello solos
Valerie Naranjo .... musician: vocalist, drums and percussion
Yousif Sheronick .... musician: marimba, vibraphone
Matthew Sullivan .... musician: oboe and english horn (as Matthew Sullivan)
Wolfgang Tsoutsouris .... musician: violin
Glen Velez .... musician: percussion, frame drum, singing and chanting
Krzysztof Witek .... musician: violin solos
 
Other crew
Patrick Floyd .... key production assistant
Roger Kass .... legal services
Kristen Kusama .... assistant production office coordinator
Kristen Kusama .... production assistant
Frank Murray .... post-production accountant
Jenifer Scaturro .... assistant: Michelle DiBucci
Beth M. Schniebolk .... production accountant
Pawel Sek .... assistant: Michelle DiBucci
Susan Shufro .... assistant: Michelle DiBucci
Joe Smalley .... production assistant
Tess Smalley .... production assistant (as Teresa Reilly)
 

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Rated R for a strong sex scene, language and violent images
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91 min
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Revealing mistakes: When George falls from the sled, the snow beneath him already has a body imprint before he lands atop it.See more »
Quotes:
Otis Stookey:I dug you out of that ditch...you could have asked!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Cinéma 21: Larry Fessenden (2010)See more »
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Hold OutSee more »

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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
A flawed attempt of making an intelligent horror movie..., 14 June 2006

Larry Fessenden is an independent director who has focused his career in making horror movies with philosophical and existential subtexts. Despite his sparse production (four movies in 16 years), his original approach to the genre and the quality of his work has given him recognition and praise in festivals and in the independent scene. "Wendigo", the third of his horror-themed films is probably the weakest of them, but it has many of the unique characteristics of Fessenden's film-making that make it stand out among the genre.

A young family of three heads to upstate New York hoping to spend a time relaxing hoping to relieve from the stress from the city. However, they find problems as they find an angry local named Otis (John Speredakos) who is not very happy with having them as neighbors. His strong and intimidating presence serves as catalyst for the family's inner conflicts and fears, specially those of little Miles (Erik Per Sullivan), whose feelings of loneliness are increased due to the fear Otis creates in him. As he learns about the legend of the Wendigo, Miles will learn to face the harsh world that is out there.

Very loosely based on the Anishinaabe legend of the Wendigo, the movie is a haunting drama mixed with horror that perfectly combines a lucid visual style with a clever storyline. Told from Miles' point of view, the film is genuinely creepy and the snowy landscapes together with the feeling of isolation Miles feels increase the haunting atmosphere of the film. Basing its scares on mood and atmosphere makes the film a rare species among modern horror movies, and the excellent camera-work makes the film look a lot better than other low-budget independent films.

Fessenden visual approach may seem a bit "style over substance" at first, but he takes a good time in developing the characters and their relationships. In fact, the relationships between them are probably the most important thing in "Wendigo". From Miles' distant relationship with his parents George (Jake Webber) and Kim (Patricia Clarkson) to both parents' struggle to keep a balance between job and family's responsibilities. The impact Otis has in the family and the Wendigo's legend work perfectly as plot devices to make the film move.

The lead cast is superb, with Erik Per Sullivan being an excellent actor despite his young age. Jake Webber and Patricia Clarkson show their talent and the three of them have very good chemistry as a family. The rest of the cast is average, but their work is fine considering that the center of the film are our three main characters. The Wendigo spirit, an important part of the plot, is very well recreated and despite its cheap low-budget look, Fessenden camera-work make it work very good.

Sadly, the movie is not perfect and despite having a very strong start, the movie loses steam and by the end it falls short to the expectations built. Larry Fessenden offers a creative and actually haunting film that is severely hurt by the lack of a competent conclusion, a shame if one considers that the characters are very well developed and the plot has lots of potential. The fact that the use of atmosphere, visuals and audio is superb makes the weak ending the more disappointing. It feels as if Fessenden had not cared about how to finish the tale as the movie feels incomplete.

"Wendigo" has been hailed as both a masterpiece and as a failure. While the movie has enough good things to be called a great film, it's disappointing pay-off and lack of conclusion are a big stain. In this case the best thing to do is to watch and judge for yourself, just don't expect a typical horror film. 6/10

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