My History With the Film:
I’m arguably as a big of a fan of Westerns as I am of horror films, so when a horror/western comes along that isn’t a comedy I tend to take notice. I remember seeing The Wind trailer when it was released in 2019 and I loved it. It was atmospheric, beautifully shot, and looked intriguing.
Sadly, the film had a very small release and I forgot all about it once it hit VOD. During the COVID-19 outbreak, I decided to take Showtime up on their free one month trial and that’s when I saw that The Wind was streaming. I turned the movie on and really enjoyed it.
What The Film Is About (Non-Spoiler):
A plains-woman faces the harshness and isolation of the untamed land in the Western frontier of the late 1800s.
What I Liked About It:
-I’m not the biggest fan of slow paced horror films, but I really enjoyed The Wind’s pacing. It was brisk enough to keep me interested and the slow times were beautiful or tense enough to keep me wanting more.
-The acting was well done by all five actors involved. Julia Goldani Telles was the one true standout in her role as Emma.
-The environment is arguably the scariest part about The Wind. It feels so isolated and there is no help a phone call away. Heck, there are no phones! I think a lot of time in horror you just know someone will happen upon our characters or help will eventually make it, but in The Wind you truly feel that all hope for help is lost.
-The film does a great job weaving plot threads of mental illness and the hardship of pioneer women without becoming preachy or even feminist. I’ve grown frustrated seeing The Wind listed as a feminist horror film, when outside of featuring a female protagonist there seems to be no basis for such a label. Then again, maybe it was the studio attempting to cash in on the popularity of feminist branded movies.
What I Didn’t Like About It:
-A short game based on the movie was developed by independent video game maker Airdorf. You can play it here.
-For some reason, they decided to brand this movie The Wind Demons on the Prairie for the blu-ray. To make matters worse, they printed that horrific subtitle over the top of the gorgeous poster and totally ruined it for me. I cannot express how frustrated I am with this, considering that I planned on buying the blu-ray.
The Wind is not a ground breaking film, but it’s a good film. I liked it a lot better than The VVitch, which due to the pacing I’ve seen it compared to a few times. The filmmakers used the environment well and the set design was fantastic.
The Wind actually unsettled me in a couple of spots which rarely happens, which made me enjoy it even more. I’d rate The Wind as a four out of five and say it’s a high priority rental.