Pyewacket Blu Ray Review (Scream Factory/IFC Midnight)
Pyewacket is a 2017 horror film written & directed by Adam MacDonald (Backcountry). Leah Reyes (played by: Nicole Muñoz from Defiance, Pathfinder, Scarecrow, & Defying Gravity) is a teenager fascinated with black magic & occult practices. Following the death of Leah’s father, her grieving mother (played by: Laurie Holden from The Walking Dead, The Shield, The Mist, Silent Hill, & The X-Files) decides to move to a remote woodland house for a fresh start. This forces her to be away from her friends Janice (played by: Chloe Rose from Teenagers, Degrassi: The Next Generation, Hellions, & eHero), Aaron (played by: Eric Osborne from Degrassi: The Next Generation & Degrassi: Next Class), & Rob (played by: Romeo Carere from Don’t Talk to Irene & Boys vs. Girls). Leah feels isolated & frustrated in the new home, After various fights & altercations with her mother, she wishes death on her. She goes into the woods & performs an occult ritual from one of her books to summon the demon Pyewacket (played by: Bianca Melchior from Z-O-M-B-I-E-S & Slasher) to kill her mother. Soon after, her mother apologizes for her recent behavior & they start to bond again. Leah instantly regrets her decision & she starts to panic about the outcome of her mistake! She contacts paranormalist & author Rowan Dove (played by: James McGowan from Suicide Squad, Bitten, Stage Fright, & The Border) for help. She must reverse the curse before it’s too late. Strange things are already happening around her & she’s running out of time because the Pyewacket is ready grant her wish!!!!
Pyewacket is a slow burn & very psychological, it’s more of a character study than anything. It shows what grief does to a family & how it changes someone. A girl makes a horrible choice on the spot & it causes hell for everyone around her. It’s heavily a mother & daughter tale which leads to a crazy finale between the two main characters. It has strong performances from Nicole Muñoz & Laurie Holden. It had so much potential but I felt it took long for Pyewacket to do it’s thing. It has a few suspenseful & thrilling moments before that but it was mainly a family drama rather than a straight up horror film. Not much happened for Pyewacket until the last 20 minutes so it kinda got dull at times. It seemed to drag out the final act too much & it didn’t spend enough time on the actual concept. Luckily, the acting was really good & it still ended up being a solid production. I enjoyed it but I am not sure if it honestly has much replay value to it. RECOMMENDED for independent horror, occult, & family drama fans!!!!
Let’s talk about the high definition presentation & special features from Scream Factory / IFC Midnight! This 1080p (2.39:1) transfer looks great on blu ray especially for being an independent feature. The visual style & cinematography really shines during the scenes in the woods. It has a nice dark presence & atmosphere to it. The English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track is very clean when it comes to the dialogue & it has a nice boost during the more suspenseful moments in the film. It also has English SDH & Spanish subtitles. “Making Of” is a little over 17 minutes. It has interviews with writer/director Adam MacDonald, actors Nicole Muñoz & Laurie Holden. It goes over the plot, casting, & the characters of this production. It shows a fire stunt from the film here also. It has a “Theatrical Trailer”. It comes with a slipcover, it’s available everywhere right now. If you are into character studies & occult situations then you should check out this independent feature!!!!