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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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3 wins & 5 nominations See more »
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Larry Fessenden: Taking Genre Seriously
 (From Keyframe. 13 August 2014, 6:00 AM, PDT)

It's Alive! Larry Fessenden's Frankenstein Cannot Be Stopped!
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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
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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 »
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Otis Stookey:I dug you out of that ditch...you could have asked!See more »
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24 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
A poetic horror film, 13 February 2005
Author: Brandt Sponseller from New York City

Kim (Patricia Clarkson), George (Jake Weber) and son Miles (Erik Per Sullivan) are headed to the country for winter weekend relief from Manhattan's bustling metropolis. On the way, they hit a buck and end up stuck in the snow. A group of hunters who were tracking the buck come along. Rather than helping, at least one of the hunters, Otis (John Speredakos), is mad because the accident cracked the buck's antlers. George, Kim and Miles are disturbed by Otis, and even worse, we quickly learn that Otis has learned where they're staying. Meanwhile, Miles is given a wendigo (a kind of Indian shape-shifting spirit/monster) token by an Indian whom only he has seen. Is Otis a psycho out to get our heroes? Are there wendigos in the woods?

I can see where Wendigo would have a number of problems appealing to viewers. It is a fairly low budget film, with technical limitations frequently showing through. Much of the film, and maybe all of it, is not really about the titular creature. And perhaps the fatal blow for many people, it has a very ambiguous ending, with a number of questions left unanswered. If you are discouraged by such endings, and you do not like films that have an aim of making you think about and discuss what everything meant, do yourself a favor and avoid Wendigo.

Personally, I like films like that. I usually prefer some ambiguity. The marketing of Wendigo is geared towards those who want a quick, scary creature flick, where they'd expect a grand battle with some supernatural monster who is defeated in the end, and everything is tied up neatly except for an opening for Wendigo 2: The Monster Returns, but that's not what this film is. Wendigo is much more thoughtful and poetic than the surface of such a creature flick would suggest to most people. Heck, writer/director Larry Fessenden even has a character, George, reciting Robert Frost. The Frost poem, and George's comment that Frost can evoke complex imagery and atmosphere out of seemingly simple things, is the key to the film.

One of the best things about the film is its complexity. In a way, there are four different films occurring at the same time, a thread from each character. In George's thread, he isn't exactly the happiest or most pleasant guy in the world, and he has some parenting problems. For him, the film is a realistic, horrific descent of his life going from bad to worse. In Patricia's thread, she's looking for rejuvenation of her life and family. She's a psychologist mostly denying the problems around her, hoping that they'll go away and get better. In Otis' thread, he's even more down on his luck than George, and George's arrival into his life symbolizes the final "crack" in his psychological armor. And in Miles' thread, which is probably the most important of the film, life is like a grand poem due to his youthful innocence and interpretation of the world. But this is a horror story, after all, albeit one with a glimmer of hope, and the events in the film give Miles' poetic interpretations a dark turn. Still, when everything is said and done, he seems to be the only one retaining his composure, due to the poetic outlook.

Even though the film is low budget, there are a lot of well-executed higher budget ambitions. Fessenden and director of photography Terry Stacey find some great shots in beautiful locations, and created some interesting slide show like montages (such as the cards, or the Indian wendigo images from the book). There are also interesting more traditional montages, such as Miles' nightmare. Wendigo is better shot and edited than many big budget films.

Other technical aspects are good for the budget. The "Wendigo" appearance at the end worked for me and was appropriately ambiguous. The lighting was usually good--there were a few times that dark scenes weren't as clear as they could have been, but it seemed to be more of a problem with the film stock (it could have been digital instead) or transfer. I thought the performances were good and far more realistic (if you value that) than the majority of films. Although I didn't really notice the score, it must have been okay, or I would have noticed it with a negative judgment.

Overall, Wendigo is a very good film that deserves to be watched without preconceptions, as long as you don't mind having to think about the movies you watch.

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