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Pyewacket Blu-ray Review


“Pyewacket” deserves more attention.

In this indie horror film from writer/director Adam MacDonald, the story focuses on a mother (Mrs. Reyes) and daughter (Leah) who are struggling with the loss of their husband and father respectively. Instead of being there for one another, their relationship has become strained. Things only get worse when Mrs. Reyes sells the home they all lived in in order to move to a remote home in the woods. While Leah still gets to go to the same school for the time being, she resents her mother as she’s farther away from her friends and boyfriend. Out of spite, Leah (who already had an interest in the occult) decides to summon the Pyewacket demon to killer her mother via a ritual. Big mistake. Not only does Leah quickly regret her decision, but it’s one she ends up paying for when all hell begins to break loose. What exactly happens I will not say.

Normally I’m not a fan of slow burn horror films. While there are certainly exceptions to the rule (“The Innkeepers” comes to mind), the problem is that they inherently live or die by the ending. If the ending pays off, the movie works. If the ending is a bust, you’ll have ultimately sat through an unrewarding horror movie. Thankfully, “Pyewacket” is one of those slow burn horror chillers that works.

From the get go, writer/Director Adam MacDonald clearly knows what he’s doing here in terms of the story’s construction. He carefully spends time developing the characters and their dynamics, he establishes settings, he grounds the story, he builds tension and he shows just enough. On top of that, he adds a psychological element in that Leah (and the audience) don’t know what is real or what’s in her head which adds to the suspense. Now, of course, this storytelling approach may not appeal to everyone who expects constant jump scares or a traditional horror movie, but that should go without saying. You can’t please everyone regardless of what film it is.

While there are supporting characters, this is largely a two person movie with Leah and her mother and the two actresses (Nicole Munoz and Laurie Holden of “The Walking Dead” fame) absolutely crush it. You truly buy their characters and their dynamic.


Presentation: 2.40:1 1080p. How does it look? A sharp hi-def transfer.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? The track is effective in all the right places (you’ll know what I mean when you see it).

Extras include a “Pyewacket” trailer, IFC Midnight trailers, and a 17 ½ minute making of featurette that includes film clips, interviews, set footage, and story discussions.

Overall Thoughts: It’s a shame “Pyewacket” flew under the radar as it is one of the better horror films as of late. Hopefully it finds more of an audience on home video.

July 15, 2018 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , ,

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