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Pretty Bad: 34.15%
Total Crap: 19.51%

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by Greg Muskewitz

"The appearance of a budget allows Fessenden the relief of an imagination."
2 stars

Wendigo is the most recent in the Fessenden cavalcade; in his transformations and modernizations of classic horror movies, monsters and themes, on a creature basis, the inspiration appears closest to The Wolfman.

But in terms of physical scare, the absence of the mythical beast unintentionally alludes stronger towards The Invisible Man. A small family goes on a trip to the woods and is haunted by a screw-loose bumpkin and possibly even a greater force — the Wendigo, whose presence is a tease, and whose impact on the movie and lore is even less satisfying or fulfilling. One of the biggest separations between this movie and Fessenden’s prior two, is his ability to employ real actors. Those who are rounded up do not yield a high-priority label, but rather with the exception of a “Malcolm in the Middle” brother, Erik Per Sullivan, they fall faceless into the previous crowds. What makes this movie far more unnerving than the others is likely a direct result from having a budget — or at least pretending as though there is one. Fessenden opts for excessively dizzy camerawork, constantly clicking and twitching to the choppy and jumpy editing. While it begins as a small annoyance, it grows in proportion to the amount that the agitation furthers and the consistency that it is used. It merely suggests that Fessenden’s ego is much larger than his imagination (and that his creativity is hampered by what he can toy around with in production add-ons.)

With Patricia Clarkson, Jake Weber and John Speredakos.

[See it if you must.]

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User Comments

9/22/17 morris campbell eerie but cheap effects almost sink it 3 stars
8/07/07 Johnny Spooky enough at first, there ended up being no pay-off, aside from some ho-hum effects. 2 stars
9/25/05 Total Crap CRAP! CRAP! CRAP! This is at the bottom with Fear of the Dark. 1 stars
9/22/05 tatum A horror flick dressed in artsy-fartsy robes; BORING! 1 stars
11/08/04 da hood this is hands down the most borgin movie i have ever seen. worse than GRIND!!!!!! 1 stars
10/15/04 Don Eckert Not Scary. No point to the movie. Just an absolute waste of time. 1 stars
6/21/04 Samuel It wasn't really scary, but it was a decent movie. 3 stars
3/24/04 mark louis baumgart dull, sleep inducing, tedious, what a waste 1 stars
2/11/04 aranthorn from Wow, terrible, absolutely the worst 1 stars
2/06/04 jimmy d i was raped by a wendigo! 5 stars
2/03/04 ghost wast of rental fees 1 stars
10/14/03 Jim Supernatural element seems out of place. Wendigoes in the Catskills? Try the Arctic. 3 stars
12/24/02 Uncle Salty Don't waste your time. 2 stars
2/13/02 Daniel dire 1 stars
11/02/01 ryan werner beautifully mysterious, super creepy. 5 stars
5/07/01 Dean Very good film for those with a brain and patience 4 stars
5/04/01 zenny Intense and disturbing. 5 stars
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  13-Feb-2002 (R)



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