Mohawk is an interesting film to say the least. To be honest I first heard of it when my son was watching WWE and they showed Luke Harper working on it. A while later my local Alamo Drafthouse theater was showing it for a few days. Needless to say I was still pretty unsure about the film. Hearing good things but never bothering to read the plot or spoilers. I wanted to see it, but go in completely fresh with a blank opinion.
Mohawk is set during 1812 against the backdrop of the war between America and Great Britain. It takes place in the forest against a tree based setting. It centers on a Mohawk tribe member named Oak. She is with fellow tribe member Calvin 2 Rivers, but also is having relations with Joshua Pinsmal, and arms dealer who likes the Mohawk tribe. Joshua doesn't agree that the Mohawk stay neutral, he wants the tribe to fight against the Americans so one night Calvin listens to his words slaughters a group of American Soldiers.
That unfortunately wasn't the best idea as now the Americans fellow soldiers are coming for bloody revenge against the Mohawk tribe.
Filmed like a cross between Surviving the Game, and The Hill's Have Eyes Mohawk is sure to please both the action and the horror crowd. Plenty, and I do mean plenty of blood offsets the rugged beauty of the forest surroundings. Brutal kills to please horror fans, and well as "Jump Scare" moments as well. The pacing and frantic tension keeps the film moving along at a rapid fire pace.
Director Ted Geoghegan, fresh from the fantastic We Are Still Here horror film of 2015 knows how to use Mohawks lower budget to accentuate the fear and suspense. With a small outside setting he gets the most out of each actor. Throw in a pulse pounding score to help add to the claustrophobic environment and you really do have a great film on your hands. My only issue is the incorporation of a few "Supernatural" elements that I wont go into as I don't want to spoil anything, but that's only a minor flaw in my opinion.
The Blu-ray transfer looks amazing, bringing to life all the outdoor elements in a beautiful scan. The audio is fantastic as well blasting through your speakers making you feel like there is danger all around you. Darksky Films is really doing great work on their transfers, and other companies may need to start upping their game.
Overall a fan way to spend 90min whether your and action of horror fan. There is enough here to please everyone.
Overall 3.5 out of 5 Stars!