Horrorfest 2021 Presents: Mohawk (2017, Ted Geoghegan)


Mohawk reflects the violent early 1800s era, where a circle of bloodshed and tragedy remains unbroken. Although the film merely scratches the surface of it’s themes and politics, it is still well made and has some really unflinching moments. The final act dived heavily into the supernatural, and Mohawk goes from being a simple survival movie to one depicting a reckoning of sorts.

Okwaho (Oak, played by Kaniehtiio Horn) is forced to go on the run with her two lovers (Justin Rain and Eamon Farren) after one of them commits a savage act of murder and violence. Pursued by a group of soldiers led by the sadistic Holt (Ezra Buzzington), events spiral out of control and result in a final battle that is really brutal. The forrest shots are gorgeous and even though the camera work is low budget I didn’t really mind.

I admire this movie for being about the Mohawk tribe, and for it existing as the kind of horror tale that would be perfect for a campfire. The savagery of man is laid bare here for all to see, and the spirit of nature and the dead sees fit to dish out appropriate means of retribution.

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