Set during the latter half of the War of 1812, “Mohawk” follows Oak (Kaniehtiio Horn) & Calvin Two Rivers (Justin Rain), along with their British lover Joshua (Eamon Farren), as they’re relentlessly pursued by vengeful American soldiers through the dense forests of upstate New York.
At this point in history, hostility between the British Empire and America is violent and freshly revived. Caught in the crossfire, the powerful Mohawk nation is divided over which side to take and elects neutrality.
However, an impulsive attack on an American encampment by Calvin Two Rivers draws the ire of its vicious, racist leader, Hezekiah Holt, and emboldens his moral-driven urge to destroy all Mohawks in his path. Suddenly, his vengeful pursuit of our protagonist trio becomes a wider reflection of manifest destiny and American exceptionalism, alive and well then as it still is today.
Ted Geoghegan (2015’s “We Are Still Here”) returns with his sophomore feature, focused less on supernatural horror and more on something scarier: historic-based horror against marginalized peoples.
Co-written with novelist Grady Hendrix (“My Best Friend’s Exorcism”), “Mohawk” assembles a powerhouse team of talent both in front of and behind the camera.
With a carefully crafted, historically-informed milieu populated with true monsters and complex heroes, “Mohawk” offers a tragic, tense and timely survival thriller that won’t soon be forgotten. (Nicole McControversy)
West Coast Premiere
Director: Ted Geoghegan
Country: United States
Runtime: 91 minutes
Free Screening in the Shudder Theatre @Egyptian