Pyewacket (2017)

This year is already turning out to be a great year for horror - starting with the release of Adam Neville's - The Ritual and now Adam MacDonald's - Pyewacket which has finally landed on our screens.

Two completely different movies but two which will become instant cult classics I'm more than certain.

Pyewacket stars ex-The Walking Dead actress Laurie Holden who is fighting depression and coming to terms with the loss of her husband and she has a daughter called Leah (played by Nicole Muñoz) who is also facing her own 'demons'.

During the early parts of the movie we see both mother and daughter fighting each other in a verbal fashion, taking out their depression and angst on each other but it's Leah that seem's to be off the rails more than her mother.

Where we see Laurie Holden's character hitting the bottle and spending a lot of her time in a drunken stupor, Leah finds solace in reading up on the paranormal but more-so in the occult.

So when Leah's mother says they are moving away and starting a new life in a new town, Leah, for obvious reasons, doesn't take this well.

Influenced by a book written by author Rowan Dove, Leah goes into the woods surrounding her home to perform an ancient spell - following the instructions written in one of Dove's recent books.

From here on in,  Leah starts to hear and see strange things from not only in the woods but also in her new home. 

But it's when her mother starts to show more love and support, Leah begins to feel some guilt for what she has done.

However, for Leah, it's too late.

The strange goings-on escalate to a point where one of Leah's friends who has agreed to stay-over one night is found the next morning sat in Leah's mothers car, shouting she wants to go home, and it seems something has frightened her during the night.

Panicking, Leah manages to contact author Dove to ask what she can do to reverse the spell to which he says she has to do the same thing as she did previously, but in reverse.

I won't go any further into the details as to what comes next because to do so will completely spoil the ending for you!

But let's just say it's blunt and completely in keeping with the rest of the movie and thankfully MacDonald didn't cop out and turn the ending into another eye-rolling yawn that we have seen so many times before in horror movies!  Instead you will be watching with a dropped jaw and a look of horror in your eyes.

What I liked about this movie is that the movie relies on what we 'cant see' but what we think 'will happen' and then it takes us doing a completely different path.

Yes, the movie is about dealing with grief, anger, depression and all the emotions one has when someone we love dearly passes away.

Nicole Muñoz you could say has the toughest job in playing the role of Leah. 

She is the focal point of the movie as she wishes her mother dead and then goes through different emotions after she has cast the ancient spell.  Laurie Holden keep's the movies undertones ticking along nicely as she goes from being drunk and verbally abusive to showing motherly love (Jekyll & Hyde and if you will) - thus giving conflicting emotions to Leah.

The movie also doesn't rely on stupid jump scares or lots of blood or gore.  Instead, the scares that we do get are subtly done and the blood is limited if at all - which makes for a nice change if you ask me!

The way in which MacDonald uses sounds to make each scene more menacing than the last is simply perfect.  For example, we hear footsteps in the attic above Leah's bedroom in one scene and then again more footsteps can be heard whilst Leah is walking home alone through the woods in another scene but all the time the camera is focused soley on Leah and not at what is making the sounds.  Fantastic!

As for the ending, well, some say its kinda rushed but I disagree.  It's brutal, it's blunt and as I have said above, it's in keeping with the tone of the movie and it does leave you asking an obvious question - to which you will just have to watch it to see for yourself.

This is one intriguing movie and definately one to re-watch over and over.


Pyewacket (2017)

Synopsis (IMDB) : 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.

Directed by : Adam MacDonald

Written by : Adam MacDonald

Cast :  Nicole Muñoz, Laurie Holden, Chloe Rose, Eric Osborne, Mikey Brisson, Romeo Carere, James McGowan, Bianca Melchior, Missy Peregrym, Victoria Sanchez, Neil Whitely

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