Horror films work on a premise. One person believes something supernatural and the others don’t. Finally, something happens to the believer that forces the others to believe and help the believer. Hollywood and Bollywood film makers have explored this concept. Now, director Emma Tammi gives this concept a twist by setting it in the time of the outlaws. That’s the concept of her upcoming film, The Wind. Caitlin Gerard plays Elizabeth Macklin, a married settler who thinks that there’s some supernatural aspect in her life. Of course that’s rejected by her husband as dreams. However, things change when they take over a desolate room and terror strikes.
It will be interesting to see how Emma Tammi mixes a slice of history with horror aspects. Folklore horror is gaining ground, both in Hollywood and Bollywood. The Witch is one such folklore film that’s gained good reviews. In Bollywood too, at least three recent releases explore folklore horror. Anushka Sharma’s Pari looked at Indian folklore horror. The Netflix Original Ghoul, starring Radhika Apte and Manav Kaul explored the Arabian folklore of the Ghoul.
House horror has been part of Bollywood horror films since the eighties. Films like House No 13, Purani Haveli and Dak Bangla have explored the idea of a family trapped in a home with supernatural powers. Recently, Urmila Matondkar’s Bhoot explored the premise, as well as Madhavan’s 13B. Siddharth also got into the play with the horror The House Next Door. So, Indian audiences are accustomed to house horror. What will be interesting, from the Indian audience’s point of view, is the historical horror aspect. Indian horror film makers haven’t really explored that.
The Wind stars Caitlin Gerard, Julia Goldani Telles, Ashley Zukerman, Miles Anderson, Dylan McTee. Teresa Sutherland handles the screenplay of The Wind. Ben Lovett provides music.