IMDb Rating: 5.5/10
R |1h 26min | Horror, Western | 05 Apr 2019 (USA) | Movie
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 82% Certified Fresh (Critic reviews) | 50% Rotten (Audience reviews)
Director: Emma Tammi
Writer: Teresa Sutherland
Stars: Caitlin Gerard, Julia Goldani Telles, Ashley Zukerman
Movie Tagline: “It never stops.“
IMDb summary: A plains-woman faces the harshness and isolation of the untamed land in the Western frontier of the late 1800s.
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For some reason, horror- western films have a difficult time of finding their audience. Thankfully, I’m drawn to westerns with thriller and horror elements, particularly in the 1800s. We picked this film up because it was a horror-western and we made a decent choice that day.
Looking at the ratings for this film, it doesn’t surprise me at all that the critics seemed to adore this film and the public did not. The premise for this film is both interesting and obscure which we think works completely in its favour. But a little too obscure and you’re wading way out into the deep water with an audience, and most of them sit in the “foot paddling” part where things are a little more straightforward.
Who knew that there were “westernised demons” existing in the wild, wild west? The Wind captures a glimpse of life in the unforgiving wilderness of the west with just a touch of paranormal activity thrown in for good measure. Do demons exist in the wild west? Maybe. Or perhaps its the “demons” themselves that are tolerating the intrusion of strangers into their domain.
The story focuses on a couple who have been married eight years and living in the beautiful and isolated mid-west. With the arrival of a newly-wed couple to their part of the area, our hardened western pioneer couple are thankful for the company.
Until things start to go a little haywire. The story does get a bit challenging to follow when certain parts of the plot overlap each other with no clear direction. There are periods in the film where the story seems a little disjointed – is this woman merely imagining what is happening to her? Is she seeing spirits and demons or is it just her way of coping with the extreme isolation and loneliness? Perhaps it’s the terrain having its way with her mind and playing tricks on her. Perhaps it really is The Wind as the title suggests.
Without anyone to believe what she is experiencing, she becomes more and more paranoid until eventually, it seems the psychosis takes over completely. You cannot help but feel for this woman and her turmoil both physical and mental as it seems she is beyond the reach of anyone in the real world, including her husband.
It’s bleak and we won’t beat around the bush when we say that. And that could be another reason why punters were put off at the theatre – not everyone enjoys a story with very little hope for things to come right. But sometimes, that is the story that needs to be told.
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