Wendigo (2001)

I went over to Shudder tonight to look for more potential horror movies for the DailyView binge and I found a film that I had never heard of before. It was called Wendigo, which is a character from Marvel that I have always been a fan of. Now, this was not going to be the Marvel character, but the mythic legend. I decided that I was interested enough to watch it.

Then I saw Jake Weber, who I just saw in last week’s Those Who Wish Me Dead. Patricia Clarkson was then there and so was the youngest kid from Malcolm in the Middle (Dewey), Erik Per Sullivan and I was surprised that there were so many recognizable actors in a movie I had never knew.

Weber played a high-strung photographer George and Clarkson is his wife Kim. As an attempt to bond more with their son Miles (Erik Per Sullivan), the family heads to a rented house in a woody area of upstate New York. On the way, they hit a deer that was being chased by a group of locals, including one named Otis (John Speredakos), who was angry about it.

Then, a mysterious figure tells Miles about the spirit known as the Wendigo and gives him a wooden statue of the Wendigo. The wilderness spirit brings a darkness to the situation as things get worse for the family.

This was pretty good for a horror film of the early 2000s. However, the special effects on the Wendigo was not great. I wish that the film would have kept the beast hidden as it did in the early part of the movie. It was more effective when they did not show it.

There was some good tension in the film and the story was well done. There were some surprises and twists that I did not see coming, which is always a good thing.

Wendigo was a highly entertaining movie that did have some add moments. It is worth a watch, especially if you have Shudder on Amazon.

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