Thursday, October 2, 2008
If I can say one thing for Wendigo, the acting is pretty strong. The cast includes Patricia Clarkson and that kid who played Dewey on Malcolm in the Middle, and everyone has a nice, unforced naturalism that goes a long way to helping us accept them as real people. That's a pretty good foundation to build a horror movie on, especially since it doesn't happen enough in the genre, but sadly not much else about the movies works. The director gets way showy with the editing, which can be cool but doesn't make the movie any scarier. The story meanders too much, and the stuff that finally does happen isn't very interesting, and the low budget sinks a few of the major special effects. The writer/director certainly displays some talent, particularly with the characters he writes and the performances he gets, but it doesn't add up to anything.