August 31, 2010

Hayden Christensen in Wendigo movie

Hayden Christensen Fears The ColdMovies about Wendigos are quickly becoming as bountiful as Bigfoot flicks. Every time we turn around, there seems to be another film detailing the exploits of this American Indian spook tale of a flesh-eating creature. The difference here with this latest film? It stars Darth friggin' Vader!

Well, not, Vader proper, but word has come in that star Hayden Christensen (Vanishing on 7st Street, those really bad Star Wars prequels) is set to replace Jesse Bradford in upcoming supernatural thriller The Cold.

Director Daniel Calparsoro (who was once attached to direct Ghost House's Burst 3D, which has since been slated for Neil Marshall) is getting set to spin the tale of what happens when seven friends go on an annual hunting trip and soon realize that the only thing being hunted are themselves. They are terrorized by an unseen beast--but what is stalking them? Is it the cold, starvation, or has the Wendigo come to hunt them down?
Comment:  The poster says The Cold is "from the producers of the award winning Frozen River." Hmm. Are they doing another Native-themed movie because of their affinity for Native subjects? And another "frozen" movie because of their experience filming in the cold?

In any case, this must be the 10th or 15th Wendigo project I've heard of. The idea is no longer original if it ever was, people. It's become a moviemaking cliché. Give us an alien, a lab experiment gone awry, or a creature mutated by toxic waste...anything but another Wendigo.

For more on Wendigo projects, see Wendigo the Animated Series and Too Many Wendigos. For more on the subject in general, see Native Things that Go Bump in the Night.

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