Pyewacket is the name of a witch. I didn't know that. I googled it to see where the name came from. I had heard the name before in a few video games but thought nothing of it. It's also the name of a new release from Scream Factory along with IFC
Pyewacket follows a young teenager named Leah. Her father has recently passed away and she is going through that teen angst phase as a result. Leah along with her friends are all Goth (even though Leah listens to death metal) and are really interested in the occult.
Leah's mom is also not taking her husband's death well, and to be honest is kind of a rotten mom, in my opinion. She decides she can't live in the house anymore due to the memories and out of the blue moves herself and Leah to a place out in the woods in basically the middle of nowhere.
Leah is not to happy and after an argument with her mother, who actually says she hates looking at her daughter because she sees her dead husband and wants to erase her face Leah runs off with her spell book in hand. She performs a spell to summon Pyewacket to come and kill her mother. But shortly after arriving back her mom apologies and starts to be a more stable person. Leah fells bad about wishing her dead, but feels worse when it turns out Pyewacket is real.
A very very slow burn horror film to say the least. It focuses on the troubled teenager, as opposed to just the supernatural element, and to be honest Nicole Munoz is so amazing in the role I would have been fine if the supernatural element was removed. This is one of the best, if not the best performances I've seen in any film all year. Nicole captures everything perfectly. From angry teen, to vengeful, to scared everything she does means so much. Many scenes in the film are just her alone and she relays every emotion know to man flawlessly. This is truly a break out role to say the least.
Horor fans will dig it. It has a pulsing score that accents the terror, and there are plenty of jump scares in the second half to to keep people on the edge of their seats.
Scream Factory has done another great tranafer with all the eerie colors and sounds coming to life on your television. It looks awesome to say the least. This film may not have a ton of gore and blood but the atmosphere alone makes this a creepy film. Add in the fact how great the transfer is and it is truly frightening at times.
A great scary film with an amazing performance by Nicol Munoz make this a great watch. I reccomend picking this one up.
Overall 3 out of 5 Stars