A mother of two who inherits a house is confronted with murderous intruders on the first night in their new home and fights for her daughters' lives. Sixteen years later when the daughters reunite at the house, things get really strange.
A disease that turns people into zombies has been cured. The once-infected zombies are discriminated against by society and their own families, which causes social issues to arise. This leads to militant government interference.
A young man and his three younger siblings, who have kept secret the death of their beloved mother in order to remain together, are plagued by a sinister presence in the sprawling manor in which they live.
Sergio G. Sánchez
After suspecting that their police officer neighbor is a serial killer, a group of teenage friends spend their summer spying on him and gathering evidence, but as they get closer to discovering the truth, things get dangerous.
Pyewacket (17) is Writer and Director Adam Macdonald's second feature length project. after the pleasant surprise that was "Backcountry" I readily awaited Pyewacket.
A frustrated, angst-ridden teenage girl (played by Nicole Munoz) awakens something in the woods when she naively performs an occult ritual to evoke a witch to kill her mother (played by Laurie Holden).
Pyewacket utilizes a lot of tight closeups to trap the viewer and really build up the tension. the story unfolds slowly but this is not a negative. Macdonald takes his time building a realistic and compelling relationship between the mother and daughter. he gets us invested and then slowly pours on the tension until things escalate out of control in the third act.
the film really leans on the performances from the leads. as stated above, the relationship between the mother and daughter is key. it invests us. without the wonderful performances from Holden and Munoz this film wouldn't be nearly as good as it is. another key element of the film is the sound design. The pyewacket creature/entity is barely seen in the film (thankfully, revealing the monster relieves all tension. this is something that Macdonald clearly understands. he holds off on showing us the creature as long as he can) so the film relies heavily on the sound design and the score to provide maximum tension and mystery.
something I must also applaud Pyewacket for is it's script. while it is quite a simple story it avoids becoming too conventional and plays with expectations quite a bit. particularly towards the end of the film. AND horror fans and film fans in general have been screaming for horror films to stop with the ridiculous jump scares and cheap scares, so here's a film to satisfy that thirst for real horror.
overall, Pyewacket is one of the best horror films released since the year 2000. Adam Macdonald is clearly a director who understands and is passionate about the genre.
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