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Wendigo (1995)

Frostbiter: Wrath of the Wendigo (original title)
A duo of gun happy redneck hunters stupidly break a sacred circle in a hunting spree, which releases the deadly wendigo. The wendigo kills many of the hunters gruesomely, leaving the chosen... See full summary »

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Tom Chaney
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ron Asheton ... Gary
Lori Baker Lori Baker ... Sandy
Patrick Butler Patrick Butler ... Peter
Devlin Burton Devlin Burton ... Leo Phillipe
Tom Franks Tom Franks ... Tony
Alan Madlane ... Nick
John Bussard John Bussard ... Jerry
David Wogh David Wogh ... Dave
John Mietelka John Mietelka ... Duke (as John 'Duke' Mietelka)
Bill Siemers Bill Siemers ... Lone Hunter
Matt Hale Matt Hale ... Air Traffic Controller
Mike Missler Mike Missler ... The Guardian
Vicki Howard Vicki Howard ... Evil Mom
Bret Julyk Bret Julyk ... The Weatherman
Scott Asheton ... Tavern Person
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A duo of gun happy redneck hunters stupidly break a sacred circle in a hunting spree, which releases the deadly wendigo. The wendigo kills many of the hunters gruesomely, leaving the chosen woman and a gun toting idiot to destroy the deadly beast. Written by Zack Fien <lennon@execpc.com>

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Hell Has Frozen Over.

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Comedy | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for horror violence and gore, and for some brief nudity and language | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Troma

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 January 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Frostbiter See more »

Filming Locations:

Michigan, USA See more »

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Budget:

$25,000 (estimated)
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Troma Entertainment See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Goofs

When Sandy faces the Wendigo she wears gloves. When the Wendigo is defeated, she has no gloves on but the reappear in the next shot. See more »

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References Evil Dead II (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

March of the Dead
Written by Richard Mills
Performed by 3-D Invisibles
Produced by Rick Mills
Published by Mountain Dog Music
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A loving parody/homage to 'Evil Dead' that hits its mark every time.
1 February 2009 | by Skibz777See all my reviews

I've been a Troma fan ever since I was a small child, and I can say with confidence that the majority of the company's non-Lloyd Kaufman films tend to be…well, junk. I've wasted many, many hours of my life wading through some of Troma's most despicable pictures, but every once in a while I have the luck to stumble upon a true hidden gem, and "Frostbiter: Wrath of the Wendigo" is one of them.

Despite the "terror" that the DVD box promises us, "Frostbiter" is most definitely a comedy. More so, it's a straight-up parody of the "Evil Dead" movies: after a decades-long curse is disrupted, an army of ghouls and demonic forces see fit to attack the residents of a remote cabin in the woods, and before you know it, one of our shotgun-toting heroes has lost his right hand and a giant stop-motion tree-like monster is attacking the cabin. Just about every major plot point from "Evil Dead" 1 and 2 is spoofed, but it's all done with a knowing wink n' smile, and all approached in the same Raimi-esquire Three Stoogian fashion.

Yes, it's stupid, and no, it doesn't adhere to anything remotely resembling logic, but it's consistently entertaining, and that's mostly because it's considerably well-made for its minuscule budget. The jokes, although mostly low-brow, are funny, the editing keeps the manic comic pace constant throughout the film, and the cinematography is rather good, especially during the action scenes: whenever one of those puppets comes to assault the protagonists, the camera goes into "Coen Brothers mode", whipping around frenetically, exaggerating close-ups, skewing perspectives…although said rubber puppets are insanely silly-looking and hardly plausible, one can't help but get involved in the scene.

As with any low-budget picture, though, "Frostbiter" suffers from uneven acting: some of the actors were decent enough, but a few were distractingly terrible. At the center of the cast is Stooges guitarist Ron Asheton, who goofily hams up each of his scenes, coming off as a mix somewhere between a hyper Bill Murray and a subdued Chris Farley. Asheton isn't the best actor, no, but his sheer over-the-top presence seems to fit the zany tone of the movie quite well, and works excellently in comparison to the rest of the cast, who play their roles straight.

'Frostbiter: Wrath of the Wendigo' isn't the best Troma film, nor might it appeal to everyone within the Troma fan base, but it's certainly one of their better horror-comedies, and definitely worth a look for fans of offbeat horror or the "Evil Dead" series.


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