Pyewacket

Pyewacket

Adam MacDonald (2017)

84min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
With its deceptively simple premise, teasing build-up, deft narrative surprise and creepy finale, writer/director Adam MacDonald's slow-burner is an indie horror gem, proving once more that imagination, modest genre know-how and solid craft are all you need to deliver the dread-inducing goods. Forced to move away from school friends after her father dies, troubled Leah (an impressive Nicole Muñoz) performs a blood incantation calling on an evil woodland entity to punish her grieving mother (The Walking Dead's Laurie Holden in a winning contemplative turn). Though immediately regretful, Leah fails to reverse the ritual curse and soon an unholy presence is stalking their rural home. Maintaining an uneasy tension via credible teen angst before going into an examination of ancient evil rather than relying on the standard supernatural jolts, MacDonald's menacing morality tale explores the dangers of casual occult belief with flair and confidence.

Summary

Premiere. An angst-ridden teenage girl awakens something in the woods when she naively performs an occult ritual to kill her mother. Horror, starring Nicole Munoz, Laurie Holden and Chloe Rose.

Cast & Crew

Leah Nicole Muñoz
Mrs Reyes Laurie Holden
Janice Chloe Rose
Aaron Eric Osborne
Rowan Dove James McGowan
Director Adam MacDonald
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: SignatureReleased on: 27 Apr 2018
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