Sunday, October 04, 2009
The 31 Days of Horror: Day 4
Larry Fessenden’s Wendigo (2001) is a tight indie-horror flick. I accidentally caught this great supernatural thriller about a Native American spirit haunting the frozen forests of upstate New York on cable a few years back and have been proselytizing for it ever since as it is one of the few truly creepy American movies of the past decade.
Wendigo’s spookiness isn’t about sudden cheap shocks and it earns its scares principally through a gradually accumulating and ever looming sense of dread. It also combines the terrifying rednecks of Deliverance with the phantasmagoric woodland frights of Evil Dead while providing a catalog of every reason why I don’t go camping.
- Heath Iverson