Signed up the 29/03/2017
Pyewacket is a 2017 horror film directed by Adam MacDonald. The film stars Nicole Muñoz and Laurie Holden.
The film follows a teenage girl named Leah, who is into the occult and her world is turned upside down when her mother who is still mourning the death of her husband and Leah’s father decides to move them. Leah in a fit of rage casts a spell to have her mother killed.
WOW, where do I even begin? It’s very rare that a horror movie can give me the creeps like Pyewacket did. Adam was able to create a brooding, moody and scary film that has all the right workings of a future underground classic. The story within itself is kinda something “new” but what makes the story good is the reliability of the characters and the natural progression they make. The characters feel very human in a “supernatural” world.
Pyewacket is one of those horror films that doesn’t depend on the jump scares to get you scared but it uses the power of suspense, with this Adam teases us but also gives us a bit of mystery. The suspense is even elevated by the tension between the mother and daughter characters.
The characters emotional shifts are really spectacular and this wouldn’t have been possible if Nicole and Laurie didn’t give stellar performances. Another element that add to the suspense of the film is the score, dark and sulky with a mix of metal and electronic.
The camerawork here is pretty smart as in the beginning its pretty static with very little movement but as the film progresses and Leah sort of disintegrates the camera’s movement become more frequent and handheld, creating this chaotic feel and places us into the mind of Leah. The chaos is even more prominent in the last 10 minutes of the film which are just top quality stuff man.
The film is also pretty damn good at showing us the occult stuff and not telling us. It doesn’t fall into the trap of having everything explained to the audience by telling them but rather it shows us, with this we become transported into this world of terror, with the fear closing in on us and no means of escape. Adam is able to balance the psychological aspects of the film really well, especially in its third act, it plays with our emotions and scares us through that and doesn’t rely on the “bloody”/”physical” too much. Pyewacket also does a great job of hiding the “monster” from us, we rarely see the “big bad” but we know it’s a “big bad” and it has us scared as hell and wanting to run for the hills.
There’s a particular scene in the movie where Leah is called by her “mom” into the house and all the elements of music, suspense, tension, acting, horror all work together to create a scene so claustrophobic it had me screaming. This scene leads into a very horrific ending. The film is a very good film, loved it from start to finish and I particularly loved how the director masterfully used all the horror tropes and made something fresh and amazing.
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