Thursday, August 19, 2021

Don't Say Its Name (2021) Fantasia 2021

People are dying on  First Nation land. Is it the work of a serial killer or is there something more sinister going on?

Director Rueben Martell is the first Cree filmmaker to make a film dealing with the myth and legends of the Wendigo, a mythical beast that haunts the northern forests of North America.  The result is a film that is an uneasy mix of horror and social commentary about life for members of the First Nation. I misspoke. It’s not so much a mix as the film largely pivots from one thing to the other. Much of the drama and discussion of social issues is devoid of horror. Don’t get me wrong the discussion of social issues is really good. I love that it’s just there and matter of factly handled, its just that for most of the first hour it steps in front of the horror.

The horror portion of the film is interesting but it never generates any tension. Yes its entertaining but the film never focuses enough on it to produce scares.

That said I had a good time, I particularly loved that the monster hunters are really cool kick ass women.  I love that they aren’t in the background until the end they are always front and center kicking in doors, taking names and shooting guns.

Definitely worth a look on an undemanding night.

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