Blu-ray Review: PYEWACKET

PYEWACKET was written and directed by Adam MacDonald and stars Nicole Muñoz, Laurie Holden, Eric Osborne, Chloe Rose, Victoria Sanchez Mandryk, James McGowan and Missy Peregrym.

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 an argument leads Leah to do the unthinkable: put a death curse on her mother. Leah immediately regrets her decision, but it may be too late; An evil presence known as Pyewacket has risen — and threatens to destroy both mother and daughter. Backcountry director Adam MacDonald creates hair-raising tension and a complex mother-daughter dynamic in this frightening fable about our darkest desires come to life.

Pyewacket is a supernatural thriller that follows Leah, a teenage girl and her mother who are dealing with the tragic loss of her father so they move to a new place to try to make a fresh new start. Sadly, the mother-daughter relationship is so strained that there’s not much getting along with each other or clear communication between the two and it only gets worse as their story plays out. Leah’s mother is suffering from depression and she deals with it in a reckless way and gets involved in the occult.

What happens is, Leah starts to play around with this black magic and she accidentally summons a supernatural entity when she puts this death curse on her mother. She had no idea that this ritual would actually work and it doesn’t take long for the rebellious teen to regret what she’s done because she realizes that the spell worked and it has conjured this evil presence that latches onto her and doesn’t let go until it gets what it wants. In the end, Leah and her mother end up unfortunate victims by the hands of this mysterious creature and sadly nobody will ever know exactly what happened to them.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The reverse sleeve features some alternate artwork and movie credits. The Blu-ray disc also features its own individual artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for the high-definition disc were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Pyewacket ended up being an extremely dark character study that slowly transforms into an unsettling yarn that mixes family drama with black magic and this isn’t a good combination to be playing with because nothing good can come out of it. The story is interesting and I thought the cast did a really good job with their characters. The fractured relationship between this mother and daughter is what drives the movie and the supernatural element that’s introduced is what puts the final nail in the coffin – pardon the pun. Director Adam MacDonald follows up his 2014 survival thriller Backcountry with a well-crafted horror movie that fits right in with fan favorites like Blair Witch and The Witch. Make no mistake about it, Pyewacket might be a funny name for a movie but it’ll get under your skin and creep you out at times. The movie has several seriously eerie scenes in it! This intense supernatural thriller will be available on Blu-ray on August 7th.

Distributor: Scream Factory and IFC Midnight

Run Time: 88 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.40:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0

Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish

Special Features: There’s not much as far as the extras go but we do get a making of featurette and theatrical trailer.

  • Making-of Featurette (17:34)
  • Theatrical Trailer (01:40)


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