Canadian actor-turned-director Adam MacDonald’s first feature, the nature thriller Backcountry, was the indie horror darling of TIFF in 2015 – praised for one, particularly brutal and realistic scene that captures the stark realities of sharing the forest with wild creatures. MacDonald’s second feature, Pyewacket, once again made its world premiere at TIFF in 2017 and is now set to launch in the U.S. on the streaming service IFC Midnight on March 23rd. It will also arrive in the UK on digital HD April 16th, and DVD on April 23rd from Signature Entertainment.
Pyewacket is sure to fascinate those who love all things witchy and the occult, with a touch of psychological horror a la Goodnight Mommy buried within the mother-daughter relationship so central to the film. A slow burn with a gut-punching payoff, Pyewacket definitely proves that, when it comes to creepy things that lurk in the dark of the wilderness, Adam MacDonald knows what he’s doing.
“After her father dies, teenager Leah is forced, by her unstable mother, to leave her friends behind and move to a house in the woods. Feeling isolated and hopeless, Leah turns to Black Magic to release her anger. She naively performs an occult ritual found in a book on her bedroom shelf to invoke the spirit of a witch to kill her mother. Terrified by strange occurrences, and stricken by guilt, Leah desperately tries to reverse the spell, but soon realizes she has awoken something in the woods… and nothing can prepare her for the terror that has been unleashed. ”
Pyewacket is written and directed by Adam Macdonald. The film stars Nicole Muñoz, Laurie Holden, Chloe Rose and Eric Osborne. Distributed by IFC Midnigh, Pyewacket begins it’s release roll-out on VOD March 23, 2018 before a full dvd release in April.
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