Pyewacket (2017) Review

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Pyewacket (2017) Review

Horrorific content by adrian on April 25th, 2019 | Movie Review | Supernatural, Cabin in the Woods, Single Mom, Witchcraft

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It's about an angsty teen who naively conjures up a witch to kill her mom.

Pyewacket was directed by Adam Macdonald (who also directed Backcountry) and stars Laurie Holden (from The Mist, Silent Hill), Nicole Muñoz (from Chupacabra Vs. The Alamo) and Chloe Rose (from Hellions).

Be careful what you wish for. Someone might be listening.

Pyewacket Review

Pyewacket is the name of a "familiar spirit", a malevolent supernatural entity that assists witches as well as practitioners of the occult. Pyewackets date back to the year 1644 when a "witch finder general" supposedly spotted some performing a ritual out by his house. Convenient.

In the Canadian horror movie Pyewacket, Pyewacket is a demonic witch who wreaks havoc on the life of a teen girl and her widowed mom after the girl summons her in a fit of rage. She quickly regrets it.

Pyewacket is a solid horror movie, scary as hell. I've seen so many horror movies that I can tell you it's been LONG time since I genuinely felt fear watching one. Some movies are shocking, others disturbing, but few are scary anymore. Pyewacket is an exception. It just feels so real. It has a simple story, genuine characters and the situations both the teen and her mom find themselves in are perfectly reasonable. When shit starts to hit the fan I actually felt empathy for everyone involved, because no one could have thought the ritual would have actually worked, or that the entity conjured up would have turned out to be so brutally evil.

Both the sound design and cinematography were fantastic and worked together to set a seriously creepy and intense tone. The gore was minimal, but effective, and the ending leaves you watching the credits roll while trying to digest what you just watched.

Worth Watching?

Definitely, yes. If you like supernatural horror movies about the occult and witchcraft, and you're cool with slow burns, you'll probably like Pyewacket as much as I did.



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