West Coast Premiere
THE WIND is an incredibly beautiful and haunting film. A period piece that sets horror against the American Western frontier, it embraces its desolate landscape both visually and sonically. And it’s obvious from the opening scene that Tammi and her creative team have created a future classic.
Existing in a world atmospherically similar to Robert Eggers’ THE WITCH, THE WIND offers an even bleaker view of humanity. Set in the 1800’s, Elizabeth Macklin (Gerard) has newly settled on the Great Western Frontier with her husband to cultivate the land and establish a homestead.
Once there, loneliness takes hold while an evil, oppressive presence out in the pastures makes itself known through a series of strange events. Elizabeth’s paranoia and fear are dismissed by her husband, but as the story unfolds, you begin to get a sense of the immense danger looming in those wide open plains.
THE WIND utilises each meticulously composed frame to quite literally sow seeds of terror in your mind. Ben Lovett’s score drips with atmosphere and dread and serves to ratchet up the tension as the full terror builds to its explosive conclusion. It is, in short, a folk horror masterpiece and signals the arrival of a truly unique voice in cinema.
Director: Emma Tammi
Egyptian Theatre: Shudder Screen