For a few weeks now I've had a craving for a very specific type of film - something dark, gory, occultic, something with latex demon masks and Satanic rituals and corn syrup blood - but I couldn't find anything to scratch the cinematic itch. I'm happy to say The Demon's Rook delivered all this in spades.
While clearly an homage to 80s horror, it never steers into full-blown pastiche or feels overly knowing. I was worried this was going to…
Of all the Fulci films I've seen, this is perhaps his most brazenly self-referential. We get eye gore, animal attacks, gateways to hell, Giovanni Frezza (I had no idea he was in this and physically recoiled when he appeared on screen) - he even goes as far as to recycle segments of Frizzi's iconic score from The Beyond. It also borrows pretty liberally from Rosemary's Baby and The Exorcist and somehow manages to bear a striking resemblance to Poltergeist in…
This seems to receive very patchy reviews but I got a lot out of it. A stark, eerie piece of rural horror with a bubbling undercurrent of violence, I can see why Wendigo perhaps wouldn't have resonated much with audiences back in 2001 but with the revival of moody arthouse horror flicks like The Witch and Under The Skin it feels more relevant than ever.
Not to say that Wendigo is a high-brow film (whatever that means); a few of…