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Pyewacket (2017)

Not Rated | | Drama, Horror, Thriller | 23 March 2018 (USA)
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A frustrated, angst-ridden teenage girl awakens something in the woods when she naively performs an occult ritual to evoke a witch to kill her mother.

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Adam MacDonald

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Adam MacDonald
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Credited cast:
Nicole Muñoz ... Leah
Laurie Holden ... Mrs. Reyes
Chloe Rose ... Janice
Eric Osborne ... Aaron
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mikey Brisson Mikey Brisson ... High school Student
Romeo Carere Romeo Carere ... Rob
James McGowan ... Rowan Dove
Bianca Melchior ... Pyewacket
Missy Peregrym ... (voice)
Victoria Sanchez ... Cameo
Neil Whitely ... Detective
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A frustrated, angst-ridden teenage girl awakens something in the woods when she naively performs an occult ritual to evoke a witch to kill her mother.

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slow burning, tension filled occult film
18 January 2018 | by MitchellCombdenSee all my reviews

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.

9.3/10


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