Wendigo

  • 90'
  • USA
  • 2001
A respectable family from the city mother Kim, stressed father George and their son Miles (8) is heading for a weekend cottage in the snow when suddenly a deer leaps in front of their car. The animal is seriously injured, its antlers are broken. One of the hunters chasing the animal rages at George. George feels threatened but puts a brave face on it. Then the hunter starts to stalk the family. Miles gets a doll, half man and half deer. An Indian invisible to the family explains that the doll is Wendigo, an Indian god. This is the start of a series of sinister events. By the time that Miles' parents realise anything is wrong, all hell has broken loose.Larry Fessenden: 'After Habit and No Telling, Wendigo is my third revisionist horror film. I want to step back in order to take an objective look at the clichés in our stories, especially in horror stories, so that we can take a fresh look at them and can think about our depictions and the stereotypes they contain.'Wendigo is a mood sketch. The film is more intelligent than the average horror film and more horrific than a psychological family drama. It is a neomythological monster film for rightminded people.
Director
Larry Fessenden
Country of production
USA
Production Year
2001
Festival Edition
IFFR 2002
Length
90'
Medium
35mm
Language
English
Producers
Antidote Films, Jeffrey Levy-Hinte
Sales
Antidote Films
Screenplay
Larry Fessenden
Editor
Larry Fessenden