M.L. Miller here! Because you and I love the horror so much, I’ve decided to post a “Worth Noting” pick along with each of my Horror Countdown choices each day through October. The same rules apply. The film must have been released before September 30th, 2019 to the masses (no festival picks). This means that is available to view in theaters, On Demand, DVD/BluRay, or digital download. I’ve tried to indicate in the reviews how you can watch and enjoy these films.
How did I compile this list? Horror is such a broad and varied genre that sometimes, while these choices may not represent the best—something about the film is worth taking notice. Some of these films have similar themes to their counterparts in the main countdown. Some just missed the countdown by an inch or two. Others were just squozed in because there’s nothing like them out there. Others because they have been made available for the first time. One way or another, it’s more horror to enjoy!
I hope you’ll join me daily and don’t forget to like and share my picks with your pals across the web. Chime in after the review and let me know what you think of the film, how on the nose or mind-numbingly wrong I am, or most importantly, come up with your own darn list…let’s go!
Worth Noting – THE WIND!
Like READY OR NOT, here’s another gal with a shotgun tale, though this one is much more serious and dire. While I enjoyed this one, I felt that it just didn’t have the bombast and sheer terror enough for the main countdown. Still I enjoyed this somber and scary period piece set in the untamed Old West. Released on April 5, 2019, here’s my review of THE WIND! Available on digital download, On Demand and BluRay/DVD from IFC Midnight and The Shout Factory!
THE WIND (2018)
Directed by Emma Tammi
Written by Teresa Sutherland
Starring Caitlin Gerard, Miles Anderson, Caitlin Gerard, Julia Goldani Telles, Dylan McTee, Martin C Patterson, Ashley Zukerman
THE WIND delivers a harrowing western horror experience in the tradition of THE VVITCH. This “LITTLE HOUSE ON THE SCARY” has all the right dramatic and terrifying beats all the way through.
Lizzy Macklin (Caitlin Gerard) and her husband Isaac (Asjley Zuckerman) have built their selves a house in the Midwest, a daring feat in the late 1800’s. While they lost their first child, they are still striving in the harsh frontier, planting crops and fortifying their home for the upcoming winter season. Late in the season, a new couple arrives. The Harpers, Emma (Julia Goldani Telles) and Gideon (Dylan McTee). As strong as the Macklins are, the Harpers are weak. The newlyweds lack the skill or the mentality to survive in the harsh winter ahead and without children to take care of their own, Lizzy and Isaac sort of adopt these two strangers, helping them build and prepare for what is to come. While Isaac and Gideon are busy doing the “man” things, Lizzy is left to be with Emma, who proves to be a difficult and spirited lass. As the winter looms, supernatural forces that have inhabited the land for ages threaten both couples and Emma’s unborn child.
Told in a pretzeltine manner, THE WIND skips around temporally telling the tale of Lizzy’s ordeal with her child, her aid to Emma in preparing for her own child, and her arduous battle with the supernatural in the story’s present. If you don’t pay attention, one might get lost as the story skips between these three-time frames plenty of times in the narrative. Fortunately, this is an engrossing tale that is easy to follow, despite the zig zag wat the story unfolds. This is due to the superb acting of Caitlin Gerard who basically carries this entire movie on her petite shoulders as Lizzy, who despite her diminutive form proves to be a powerhouse to all forms of threat.
THE WIND succeeds in incorporating the best aspects of frontier storytelling with the paranormal, only at intermittent and important times. This is a film that focuses mostly on Lizzy’s strong character. Her reactions to the harsh environment she is in, the challenging relationships she has with her husband and Emma, and the conflict she has with ancient demons that inhabit the plains only prove that she is one frontier lady not to be messed with.
The supernatural aspects are subtle, but still pack quite a punch. There are moments of sheer tension, done with simple shadows, taut editing, and fantastic reactions from Gerard that will make your toes clench. This is a fantastic story of survival that doesn’t overdo the supernatural, but still seems to work it into almost every scene. THE WIND is not an over the top effects fest. It’s a film that relies on strong performances and the ever-threatening environment to support the horror. THE WIND is a unique and harrowing film drenched in authenticity and highlighting the strong will of its protagonist. Very much recommended to be seen by all who like their horror on the sophisticated side.
WORTH NOTING SO FAR…
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