Pyewacket follows the story of Leah (Nicole Munoz - Defiance) a occult loving, quiet teen who is struggling with the death of her father and a mother (Laurie Holden - The Walking Dead) suffering from depression. When Leah's mother up-routes them to a new house away from her friends, and after a spiteful row with her mother, Leah makes the rash decision to summon the evil spirit of the witch Pyewacket to kill her. Regretting her actions Leah panics and tries to find a way of stopping the witch, but the witch takes many forms playing with her mind in twisted ways until the final shocking finale.
Pyewacket, while a quiet film, draws you in completely. There isn't much new here, we have the usual creepy woods combined with the teenager who acts before they think and an evil witch who just loves a good head fucking, but what Pyewacket does well is not showing you everything. You only see a little bit of the witch on this film and in fairness that is all you need. There is no jump scares which to be fair is refreshing, instead what you get is creepiness. The way the witch comes out of the wall, the scene with Janice (Chloe Rose - Hellions) where all you see is the fear in her face with having to see the witch looming over her. These scenes show real fear something you just don't get in the jump scares you get in big budget horror now.
The character of Leah was also a major plus for the film. You could have easily gone more with a Janice character as the lead by the innocence and the kindness behind Munoz's performance made you feel for Leah. You understood why she wanted to do this, you want to just jump through the screen and stop her from making the biggest mistake of her young life! and that is a sign of good acting.
As a whole Pyewacket is a nice little supernatural horror. It is shot brilliantly and well acted throughout. The ending was a let down for me, it seemed a little rushed and it would have been nice to see it run for a longer run time. On saying that the ending rounded the story of nicely as well so maybe that is just me being picky. This is one that is worth a watch.