Horror / Thriller

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 80%
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Reviewed by Claudio Carvalho 7 / 10

Be Careful What you Wish For, Someone Might Be Listening

The teenager Leah (Nicole Muñoz) lives with her mother Mrs. Reyes (Laurie Holden), who misses her deceased husband. Leah likes occultism and spends her leisure time with her boyfriend Aaron (Eric Osborne) and her friends Janice (Chloe Rose) and Rob (Romeo Carere). Mrs. Reyes decides to sell her house and move to another one in the woods to restart her life. Leah has an argument with her mother since her boyfriend and friends will be left behind and summons the evil spirit Pyewacket through a ritual in the forest to kill her mother. During the night, Leah overhears strange noises at home. She regrets but her mentor, the writer Rowan Dove (James McGowan), advises that the evil spirit Pyewacket is a trickster and will try to lure her. Further, she needs to perform the ritual backwards to get rid of Pyewacket.

"Pyewacket" is a scary low-budget horror film developed in slow pace with a story that builds tension with the climax in the ending. The characters are well developed but Janice vanishes and the viewer never knows what she experienced at Leah´s home. The plot is ambiguous since only Leah hears and sees the Pyewacket. Great also to see Laurie "Andrea" Holden again after "The Walking Dead". The conclusion is excellent and worth the film. My vote is eight.

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Reviewed by MitchellCombden 9 / 10

slow burning, tension filled occult film

Pyewacket (17) is Writer and Director Adam Macdonald's second feature length project. after the pleasant surprise that was "Backcountry" I readily awaited Pyewacket.

A frustrated, angst-ridden teenage girl (played by Nicole Munoz) awakens something in the woods when she naively performs an occult ritual to evoke a witch to kill her mother (played by Laurie Holden).

Pyewacket utilizes a lot of tight closeups to trap the viewer and really build up the tension. the story unfolds slowly but this is not a negative. Macdonald takes his time building a realistic and compelling relationship between the mother and daughter. he gets us invested and then slowly pours on the tension until things escalate out of control in the third act.

the film really leans on the performances from the leads. as stated above, the relationship between the mother and daughter is key. it invests us. without the wonderful performances from Holden and Munoz this film wouldn't be nearly as good as it is. another key element of the film is the sound design. The pyewacket creature/entity is barely seen in the film (thankfully, revealing the monster relieves all tension. this is something that Macdonald clearly understands. he holds off on showing us the creature as long as he can) so the film relies heavily on the sound design and the score to provide maximum tension and mystery.

something I must also applaud Pyewacket for is it's script. while it is quite a simple story it avoids becoming too conventional and plays with expectations quite a bit. particularly towards the end of the film. AND horror fans and film fans in general have been screaming for horror films to stop with the ridiculous jump scares and cheap scares, so here's a film to satisfy that thirst for real horror.

overall, Pyewacket is one of the best horror films released since the year 2000. Adam Macdonald is clearly a director who understands and is passionate about the genre.


Reviewed by mike-grotton 8 / 10

A Taught and Frightening Slow Burn that Pays Off

Adam Macdonald really arrives with Pyewacket. I was a bit put off by the idea of 'teen angst' being a center piece of the plot, but once I saw the type of angst Macdonald was talking about and the absolute realism and dramatic conflict (external and internal) that he divines from it, well I might never look at 'teen angst' the same way again.

It's well worth noting that 'slow burn' is a very apt description, and Pyewacket requires some patience, but luckily it thoroughly nails the delivery of its final act in a way that pays off the viewers endurance as well as the story.

Great film and should advance Macdonald up the charts in the horror genre. Can't wait to see what comes next.

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