Pyewacket DVD Review

Pyewacket plays on themes of the occult, the post nuclear family and disassociation but often feels laboured.

Leah (Nicole Muñoz) is a teenage girl who after losing her father, has been drawn to the occult. He died without saying goodbye and it has left her deeply upset. Her mother (Heather Holden) is unable to take it any more and has decided to move away from it all. So the family home is sold and they have bought a house deep in the woods. Leah rebels by casting a black magic spell. She wants it to kill her mother. Forcing her to return to the house she loves. Nothing happens at first but slowly things being to change. She  awakens covered in blood, laying in the woods. She has no idea how she got there. She has no idea what has happened.

Pyewacket is a film that if it was released in the 1960s or 70s, would have been re released as a cult classic. Now however it is a rather misinformed and decentred idea. It mistimes its thoughts about the spiritual and supernatural. It has characters who feel like they are not a part of modernity and often pulls its punches. Though it can be seen as a very unbalanced piece it does have some redeeming factors.  It has a number of conventions from the myriad horror genres that it executes occasionally with skill. It has the soul of a supernatural thriller which at it best, it holds moments of real suspense. It has horror lead actresses that are recognised from multiple other shows and both are very good. One can cry on demand, balance emotional anger with shock. The other is often appearing as a drunk, selfish mother. Nice. So the film could be reflected as a film after its time. A film that should have been seen in the 1960’s, released on VHS in the 1980’s and then left on the shelf to settle into obscurity. It is as which would have been, a film that has found an audience excited by that. It could also be seen from a variety of angles.

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