Plot – The Wind: A plains-woman faces the harshness and isolation of the untamed land in the Western frontier of the late 1800s.
Director – Emma Tammi
Released – 2018
Similar in tone to Robert Eggers The Witch, though not as effective, The Wind possesses many qualities; a strong lead performance by Caitlin Gerard, atmospheric cinematography, interesting editing choices, and an ambiguous plot that leaves it to your imagination to fill in the gaps. Those were the reasons I enjoyed the film. But sadly the movie also had flaws, the worst of which being that the scares weren’t scary and the imagery, though beautiful, failed to have the same impact as other recent art-house horror movies such as Ari Asters Midsommar or Jennifer Kent’s The Babadook.
Where The Wind excels is the effects work, most of which being practical (which I’m always a fan of) and the work Emma Tammi along with cinematographer Lyn Moncrief put in to make the bleak landscape of the western frontier such an ominous and claustrophobic place for the characters to inhabit. Overall, I’d say The Wind is an impressive addition to the Horror-Western genre that studies the effects of frontier life could have on women, including postnatal depression, jealousy and isolation.