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Pyewacket (2018)

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Critic Consensus: Pyewacket builds its atmospheric, patiently encroaching chills on a well-told story concerned more with emotional trauma than supernatural threats.

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When you're dealing with demons, be careful what you wish for... In this ultra-unsettling occult nightmare, teenage Leah (Nicole Muñoz) finds solace from the recent death of her father-and from her strained relationship with her mother (Laurie Holden)--by dabbling in the dark arts. It all seems like harmless fun at first, until a blow out argument leads Leah to do the unthinkable: put a death curse on her mother. No sooner has the girl performed the ritual than she regrets it. But it may be too late, as an evil presence known as Pyewacket begins to make itself known--and threatens to destroy both mother and daughter. Backcountry director Adam MacDonald builds hair-raising tension around what's both a complex mother-daughter tale and a frightening fable about our darkest desires.

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The director is out for blood, and while this is a slow-burn affair that craftily bides its time until just the proper moment to unleash a flurry of dexterously ominous thrills, the craven wickedness of it all is portentously intoxicating.

March 30, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

It's the rare horror film that's actually more effective in psychological terms than in suspense ones.

March 24, 2018 | Full Review…

As a psychodrama about a troubled mother and daughter, this movie is gripping from start to finish.

March 22, 2018 | Full Review…

Pyewacket is a slow burn chiller that is all the more impressive for its subtlety.

March 21, 2018 | Full Review…

A horror-lite film that barely increases the heart rate.

December 7, 2017 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

MacDonald is trying to be a filmmaker of ideas here, but the metaphor doesn't develop or deepen as the film goes on.

September 28, 2017 | Full Review…

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