WENDIGO 2001, USA, 91 minutes, 35mm, Magnolia Pictures Written and directed by Larry Fessenden Starring Patricia Clarkson, Jake Weber, Erik Per Sullivan Sat: midnight (11:59 pm)
Synopsis courtesy of Magnolia Pictures:
A blue Volvo makes its way through the fading light on a chilly winter evening in Upstate New York. Kim (Patricia Clarkson), George (Jake Weber) and their eight-year old son, Miles (Erik Per Sullivan), are city dwellers stealing a weekend away at a friend's country farmhouse. But a fluke accident sets off a chain of events that alters their lives forever and conjures up the ferocious spirit of the Wendigo, a Native American Myth made manifest in Miles' imagination.
With stark simplicity, this eerie fable draws us into the potent imagination of Miles as he struggles to make sense of a wicked and arbitrary tragedy. Writer/director/editor Fessenden (HABIT, NO TELLING) crafts a kaleidoscope of sounds, images, puppetry and cinematic tricks to make a visceral analogue film-poem about existential angst, the power of myth, the relativity of revenge and the perpetuation of aggression through time.
"Strongly atmospheric, intelligent and just plain scary. A provocative piece of entertainment." - John Anderson, Newsday
"Fessenden has created a trio of films that would make Roman Polanski proud." - Anthony Kaufman, Indiewire
"A nifty supernatural thriller of suggestion and foreboding". - J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"SPECTACULARLY SMART AND SCARY! If you need proof that understated chills are far more frightening than bursts of bombastic gore, look no further than this spine-shivering example. It makes most of Hollywood's big-budget fakery look laughably tame" - David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"Sends actual chills up your spine." - Bilge Ebiri, New York Magazine
"Uniquely haunting" - Amy Taubin, Village Voice
"Fessenden's films corner the market on pervasive dread. They take horror's bogeymen and rethink them in fiercely unusual ways." - Maitland Mc Donagh, Time Out
"A darkly beautiful, genuinely scary movie." - LA Weekly