It feels like Adam Macdonald has greatly improved on the tone and stylistic decisions he made on his directorial debut, Backcountry. With Pyewacket, a film about a girl and her friends exploring black magic and Satanism, he is definitely much better at putting together an intense and gritty horror narrative (thanks to its characters) than he is at crafting a survival film.
Macdonald sets the tone and foreshadows the narrative with a semi-cold opener, leaving the audience with an uncomfortable feeling and the desire to know more. Sadly, the intrigue stops after the first act. Pyewacket isn’t intimidating enough to strike fear into observers and, at this point in the story, all of our characters feel like plot devices, solely existing just in hopes to get the audience members to react – in any way possible. I just couldn’t shake the feeling that this film would have been much better off as a short.
Public Screenings: Sept 14 9:45 pm, Sept 16 7 pm