Wendigo – USA, 1988

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‘Hell has frozen over!!’

Wendigo – aka Frostbiter: Wrath of the Wendigo  is a 1988 American supernatural comedy horror film written and directed by Tom Chaney – cinematographer on Mosquito and Legion of the Night aka Dead City (both 1995). It stars Ron Asheton (guitarist with The Stooges, also in The Carrier; Hellmaster and Mosquito), Lori Baker, Devlin Burton, John Bussard, Patrick Butler and Alan Madlane.

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Ron Asheton is scared

The film was released on VHS by Troma Entertainment in 1996 with a cover retitle of Frostbiter: Wrath of the Wendigo. Owing a large debt to Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead films with its mix of horror and comedy, the film features a torn Evil Dead II poster in much the same way The Evil Dead features a torn The Hills Have Eyes poster. It features stop-motion effects.

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Two friends go hunting on Manitou Island in Northern Michigan. While wandering the woods, they accidentally break a sacred circle, releasing a terrible monster: the Wendigo.

The Wendigo goes on a terrible killing spree, leaving a gun-toting hero and his female love-interest to destroy the monster…

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Reviews:

“This movie is insane, and nothing I type here will do that insanity justice. Let’s start with the old man character, who is actually just some guy in an old man mask for no other reason than I guess there were no seniors willing to work in this mess? There’s killer monster puppets birthed from chili who attack while a theme song about chili plays on the soundtrack. A crazy dragon-bat that eats a pilot’s head through a plane window in mid-flight.” Digital Confederacy

” … it hardly even shows any technical finesse let alone creative promise. But as said before, such a lack of anything resembling filmic capabilities can result in an entertaining film, something that Frostbiter sometimes even approaches being … It seriously ruins what might have been a good – or at least decently passable – bad-film experience.” A Wasted LIfe

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Wikipedia | IMDb

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Categories: 1980s, cheesy horror, comedy horror, gory, rural horror, supernatural

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