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Wendigo (2001)

George is a high-strung professional photographer who is starting to unravel from the stress of his work with a Manhattan advertising agency. Needing some time away from the city, George, ... See full summary »


Larry Fessenden


Larry Fessenden
3 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Patricia Clarkson ... Kim
Jake Weber ... George
Erik Per Sullivan ... Miles
John Speredakos ... Otis
Christopher Wynkoop ... Sheriff Tom Hale
Lloyd Oxendine Lloyd Oxendine ... Elder
Brian Delate ... Everett
Daniel Sherman Daniel Sherman ... Billy
Jennifer Wiltsie Jennifer Wiltsie ... Martha
Maxx Stratton Maxx Stratton ... Brandon
Richard Stratton ... Earl
Dash Stratton Dash Stratton ... Little Otis
Dwayne Navara Dwayne Navara ... Mechanic
Shelly Bolding Shelly Bolding ... Store Owner
Susan Pellegrino ... Nurse


George is a high-strung professional photographer who is starting to unravel from the stress of his work with a Manhattan advertising agency. Needing some time away from the city, George, his wife Kim, and their son Miles head to upstate New York to take in the winter sights, though the drive up is hardly relaxing for any of them. George accidentally hits and severely injures a deer that ran onto the icy road; after George stops to inspect the damage, he's confronted by an angry local named Otis who flies into a rage, telling George that he and his fellow hunters had been tracking the deer for some time. An argument breaks out, which leaves George feeling deeply shaken. When George and Kim arrive at their cabin, they discover that it's next door to Otis' property, and they soon find that a dark and intimidating presence seems to have taken over the cottage. Since, when they stopped at a store en route to the cabin, a shopkeeper told Miles about the legend of the Wendigo, a beast from ...

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for a strong sex scene, language and violent images | See all certifications »

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When George falls from the sled, the snow beneath him already has a body imprint before he lands atop it. See more »


Otis: [bludgeoning Hale with a hammer] Don't Lie Tom
[last lines]
Otis: [confronted by a Wendigo] What Are You? The Devil? Fuck You
[shoots at it to no effect]
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Referenced in The Last Winter (2006) See more »


Hold Out
Written by Tom Laverack
Guitar & Vocals: Tom Laverack
Percussion: Gideon Egger
Guitar: Marc Schulman
Produced, Mixed & Engineered by Gideon Egger
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Patience best rewards viewers of this Shining-style thriller
4 June 2002 | by Screen-SpaceSee all my reviews

As a character-driven chiller, Wendigo is a thoroughly satisfying film, though not one that successfully plays out its early promise. From the establishing shot of a young family driving a winding road into the darkened wilderness I was immediately reminded of The Shining. And if Wendigo doesn't quite display that films polished visuals, it certainly borrows the themes of isolation and familial tension, especially patriarchal, that Kubrick examined so well. Cult director Larry Fessenden has gone back to horror movie basics to achieve a palpable tension in his film: black shadows in every corner of a very-underlit rural house, creaky floorboards, shrieking nighttime winds. His film starts to unravel when he pushes to far - the appearance of the Wendigo, an Indian spirit that travels on the wind, is at first frightening but ultimately overplayed; Fessenden feels compelled to reveal the monster in an extended attack sequence on the films hillbilly badguy, and in doing so belies the slyness with which we had so successfully frightened us up to that point. The ending is particularly murky, both visually and narratively, feeling rushed and a little self-consciously obscure. The cast is uniformly solid: Jake Weber and Patricia Clarkson as the yuppies-in-peril are very real, and 'Malcolm In The Middle' youngster Erik Per Sullivan provides the perfect conduit for audience fear and apprehension. The print I viewed at the recent AFM conference was particularly grainy and I am unsure as to whether this was due to the transfer from HDV-to-film or whether Fessenden shot it like that. Regardless, it proved very effective in creating a sense of dread and foreboding, especially in the early twilight scenes. Also nice to see a film that revels in its ability to scare, not always winking at the audience in a self-mocking "Scream" sort-of way. More often than not lately irony and revisionism have gotten in the way of a good fright, which Wendigo certainly provides.

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Release Date:

23 January 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Kingston, New York, USA See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,107, 2 June 2002

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Sound Mix:

DTS-Stereo | DTS



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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