THE WIND takes the elemental force of barbaric pressure, caused by heat and cool, to become a monster. The physcological haunting noise, which could be likened to the miasma of the past, floating, blowing and driving into the body outside our control. A house sits on a vast, lonely prairie. The wind blows across this unabated. Its a constant whisper that crawls into the skin. Into the thoughts of anyone sleeping, waking, living. Lizzy Macklin (Caitlin Gerard) has just buried her sister and the still born child born to her. Their farm is now quiet bar the wind after this. Lizzy must rebuild her life with her husband Issac (Ashley Zukerman) on the remote farm but nature seems to be against her. The wolfs that loiter around and growl. Then the wind keeps blowing. Things bump in the night. Then we see the past. A relationship between neighbours. A tenderness taht could be destroyed. A monster lurking in the past, haunting the future from the grave…

Emma Tammi’s creeping Gothic nightmare is going to get a series of obligatory positive reviews. Its visually stunning, paced like a panther, stalking its prey and has superb detail. Some might be overcome and enable it to claim the prise for best feminist western genre film since MEEKS CUTOFF. That kind of missed the point. Not that it is the wrong genre. This is a potent Horror film. THE WIND marries an unsettling story of the power of isolation, with how demonic memories can shape awful events. The best parts of it come from its cast. Captivating characters are given depth, bredth and room to shape the narrative. Scenes slowly unravel. Performances constantly balance menace with a sense of nature as a driving force. An uncontrollable thing.  It reminded me of films like IT FOLLOWS (use of creeping menace), AMITYVILLE HORROR (space as hostile entity) or even some of the Aussie horror films of the 80s like LONG WEEKEND (nature as an oppressive force.)




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