Every year IFC Midnight pushes out unique and brilliant horror films one after another. They continue to impress and their 2019 releases are exceptional thus far. This stands strong with their new supernatural western The Wind.
This mysterious new horror story is the directorial debut of Emma Tammi. It is written by Teresa Sutherland as well as produced by Christopher Alender and David Grove. The cast includes Caitlin Gerard (Insidious: The Last Key, American Crime), Julia Goldani Telles (Bunheads, The Affair), Ashley Zuckerman (Succession), and Dylan McTee (Roswell, Midnighters).
Synopsis for The Wind
The film explores an unseen evil as it haunts the homestead in this chilling, folkloric tale of madness, paranoia, and otherworldly terror. Lizzy (Gerard) is a tough, resourceful frontierswoman settling a remote stretch of land on the 19th-century American frontier. Isolated from civilization in a desolate wilderness where the wind never stops howling, she begins to sense a sinister presence that seems to be borne of the land itself, an overwhelming dread that her husband (Zukerman) dismisses as superstition.
When a newlywed couple arrives on a nearby homestead, their presence amplifies Lizzy’s fears, setting into motion a shocking chain of events. Masterfully blending haunting visuals with pulse-pounding sound design, director Emma Tammi evokes a godforsaken world in which the forces of nature come alive with quivering menace.
This has to be, hands down, one of the best films IFC Midnight has ever released. It has everything in a horror film you could possibly want: suspense, mystery, blood, and a wicked story. The cinematography is stunningly beautiful and the performances are intoxicating.
I fell in love with this set and costume design. Western and horror just go beautifully together when done right and deliver a sense of dread unlike any other. Each shot is beautifully filmed and pays close attention to detail and aesthetics.
The performances really stand out in The Wind as well especially the one given by Caitlin Gerard. Her performance is captivating and steals the show. You can feel her suffering and pain from head to toe and she acts with her whole body much like Emily Blunt in A Quiet Place.
Although there’s a healthy does of blood and gore in this film, that’s not what this film is about. It’s much more than that. It’s the eerie feeling of the unknown. The mystery of all that is going on from the beginning of the film to the end. The story will send goosebumps and shivers down your spine and make you feel uncomfortable in your own skin.
I can’t wait to add this one to my collection. It’s unsettling to the core and downright disturbing and I know people are going to love what it has to offer. The Wind blows into Theaters and VOD on April 5, 2019, so be sure to check it out.