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Pyewacket (2018)

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When you're dealing with demons, be careful what you wish for... In this ultra-unsettling occult nightmare, teenage Leah (Nicole Muñoz) finds solace from the recent death of her father-and from her strained relationship with her mother (Laurie Holden)--by dabbling in the dark arts. It all seems like harmless fun at first, until a blow out argument leads Leah to do the unthinkable: put a death curse on her mother. No sooner has the girl performed the ritual than she regrets it. But it may be too late, as an evil presence known as Pyewacket begins to make itself known--and threatens to destroy both mother and daughter. Backcountry director Adam MacDonald builds hair-raising tension around what's both a complex mother-daughter tale and a frightening fable about our darkest desires.

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Critic Reviews for Pyewacket

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (2)

A horror-lite film that barely increases the heart rate.

December 7, 2017 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

The heavy-handed score, narrow performances and weak dialogue all fail to justify a provocative ending that overturns the exorcising conventions of the genre.

September 15, 2017 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

When it comes to staking out a place for himself in that spectrum, MacDonald occupies a bland centre - stuck in the middle with ewww.

December 8, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

But one of Pyewacket's triumphs is the way it keeps its horrors grounded in reality, and its character in the forefront, proving you can be both smart and pretty scary; a good lesson for the genre.

December 8, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

MacDonald is trying to be a filmmaker of ideas here, but the metaphor doesn't develop or deepen as the film goes on.

September 28, 2017 | Full Review…

Slow Burn 'Pyewacket' Delivers Brooding Heavy Metal Horror.

September 25, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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