The inhuman | Movie threat

I’ve always liked horror movies and love Canadian productions. Additionally, I have recently become fond of French films and am always up for more native films. So it’s no surprise that writer/director Jason Brennan’s French-Canadian horror title The inhuman got my fun overtime.

Dr. Mathieu Cote (Samian) is a respected brain surgeon with a loving wife, Julie (Veronique Beaudet), and a young son, Lucas (Louis Gallant). Julie constantly tries to get Mathieu to take the family to visit his parents in the Anishinaabe area, but he never wants to. Beneath the surface of his perfect life, the doctor has an affair with a colleague, Maude (Jeanne Roux-Cote), and takes pills. His hands begin to shake and he has been having disturbing dreams. He begins to slip at work to the point where a patient dies and is put on leave.

“…the doctor begins to see glimpse of a Wendigo…”

Mathieu then learns that his father has passed away. Going back to the reserve, he is haunted by memories of a night in 1985 when he was a child (Odeshkun Thusky). That night he heard noises in the shed and found a creature bathed in mist devouring a deer carcass that had been hanging. While comforting his mother, Johanne (Sonia Vigneault), the doctor begins to see glimpses of a Wendigo (Angela McIlroy-Wagar), an evil spirit from native folklore that feeds endlessly, like the one in the shed. As he goes out to a lake in the forest to spread the ashes, he begins to see mist rise on the water and begin to close in on him.

Brennan shot a lot The inhuman in Anishinaabe territory in Upper Gatineau. The rugged land is absolutely awe-inspiring, captured with expertise by François Dutil. There are several highly expressionistic images, including some with Samian framed in front of burning flames in a fireplace as he agonizes over losing his family. The quality of the presentation immediately elevates this above your typical monster mask. The filmmaker states in the opening that this modern take on the Wendigo legend is based on the stories he was told by elders in the Kitigan Zibi community. His script invests heavily in the characters’ personal drama while slowly introducing the horror elements.

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