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The Wendigo

USA 2022
produced by
Joshua Brucker, Dillon Brown, Hunter Nino, Paul Hurley (executive), Drew Bowers (executive) for Cryptid Pictures, TJ Effectz
directed by Jake Robinson
starring Matthias Margraves, Jake Robinson, Hunter Redfern, Tyler Gene, Laura Rodriguez, Taylor-Grace Davis, Paul Hurley, Austin Pigza, Christopher Kuriata, Gloria Straube, Rudy Ledbetter, Shawn Alexander Thompson, Rich Keidle, Alex Green, Roddy Graves, Sterling Scott
story by Jake Robinson, screenplay by James S. Brown, special makeup effects by Jamie Apple

Wendigo

review by
Mike Haberfelner

On a dare, vlogger Logan (Tyler Gene) went deep into Wendigo country to explore on livestream - an idea doomed for failure from the beginning since Logan is a city boy hardly equipped for camping who flinches at the skightest nature sounds, so when there's a real threat he fails to react properly and is ultimately dragged away, live on camera. Now pretty much everyone thinks this is a joke, and yet his friends TJ (Jake Robinson) and Jay (Hunter Redfern) soon start to worry and organize a search party - but unfortunately that search party is doomed for failure as well as it consists of two vloggers with big egos, Matthew (Matthias Margraves) and Cassi (Laura Rodriguez) and Cassi's assistant Kaylee (Taylor-Grace Davis), and Matthew and Cassi just can't get out of each other's hair. Plus, nobody seems to have the first idea on how to actually find Logan, and when they actually come by his tent, it's by mistake rather than design. But soon enough, there are signs that things indeed aren't alright, like when Cassi's dragged off into the woods, when Matthew turns violent, and then Logan turns up, all covered in blood, and it doesn't seem he's all too happy about his rescue party ...

 

Unfortunately, The Wendigo falls into quite a few traps inherent in the found footage horror genre, like its over-reliance on shaky camera to fake excitement, its rather drawn out improvised dialogue, and its relative lack of an actual cinematic language. That said, the film still has a lot going for it, it's got some interesting and well fleshed-out characters embodied by a competent cast, a friction-rich character constellation, and while the movie not exactly defies genre conventions, it still contains enough surprises to keep one entertained throughout.

 

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