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 young pioneer woman struggles with living in isolation and her new neighbors.
What I Liked About It:
-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.
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.