With the success of Killers of the Flower Moon, there’s a renewed interest in authentic and respectful depictions of Native American stories. Low budget supernatural horror might not be the best approach, considering its history of stereotyping, but The Windigo is a fairly sincere stab at reframing the genre. The wicked looking, titular creature pulls together plenty of the issues Native Americans currently face, such as forgotten culture, violence, and institutional negligence, but the film also surprisingly delves into past collective trauma some of these communities have experienced. The Windigo plays out the way you would expect a creature feature to be, but the film could have been so much more with better execution.
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Actor: Brian Krause, Casey Camp-Horinek, Fivel Stewart, Griffin Powell-Arcand, Marco Fuller, Tatanka Means, Tonantzin Carmelo, Troy James
Director: Gabe Torres