Review: Wekufe: The Origin of Evil
Wekufe: The Origin of Evil is going to thrill horror fans of found footage horror films. Wekufe: The Origin of Evil is the first found footage film from the country of Chile. The feature film just had it’s World Premiere to a packed audience at Feratum Film Festival in Tlalpujahua, Mexico. Wekufe: The Origin of Evil won the best movie award at Feratum. Many Feratum moviegoers were describing Wekufe as the Chilean Blair Witch Project. Wekufe director and writer Javier Attridge gave HorrornChill.com a look at the Chilean found footage film that has fans talking.
I should note that I am not a huge fan of found footage films. Oftentimes filmmakers overuse the shaky cam effect in found footage films. Many found footage films are nothing more than a camera bouncing around in the woods. However, Javier Atttridge notes and acknowledges in Wekufe: The Origin of Evil these found footage film making mistakes and ensure that his film doesn’t make them.
Wekufe: The Origin of Evil tells the story of Paula and Matias. They are filming their journey to an island community of Chiloe. Paula is a college student who is doing a serious news report on a local mythical creature Trauco and how these myths relate to sexual assaults on the island. Her boyfriend, Matias, agrees to be her cameraman but he has another motive. Matias is a huge horror fan and wants to film some footage to make an indie horror movie.
Paula and Matias travel the island of Chiloe looking for answers to prove or disprove the existence of Trauco only to discover the origin of evil…Wekufe.
What makes Wekufe: The Origin of Evil really unique is that for many viewers it introduces us to the real life myths that people of Chiloe really believe it. Javier Attridge didn’t create a fake boogeyman like in Blair Witch. Javier went out and shows us real life boogeymen that exists on this island.
Two things makes Wekufe: The Origin of Evil a very authentic found footage film.
1) The location. Filming the movie at the actual location of Chiloe gives the movie an authentic feel. Chiloe is known as the island of legends. The island gives the film great production value as the backdrop is both spooky and unique.
2) The fact that the legends are real gives Wekufe a level of authenticity that can’t be found in make believe movies. It should be noted that the legends are not only real but they are an important part of the identity of Chiloe. The legends can be seen in traditions such as folkloric celebrations, handicrafts, and typical cuisine.
Two of the legends central to the movie are Trauco and Wekufe.
Trauco is one of the most feared demons by the inhabitants of the island. He is both deformed goblin like demon that lives in the forest. He has an ugly face, legs without feet, and a huge penis. No woman can resist Trauco. Whatever woman Trauco chooses will have sex with him. He summons her and she will come. And many men fear Trauco because one look at his eyes can be deadly. When a young and single woman gets pregnant many villagers believe that it is the result of her encounter with Trauco.
Wekufe is a term generally used as a generic name to describe creatures from Mapucke mythology that usually have harmful intentions towards human beings. Wekufe can also be translated to mean “demon, outside being.” According to legend, Wekufe are soulless and are demons that destroy.
Simply put Wekufe: The Origin of Evil is found footage done right. Wekufe shows us true evil. I highly recommend the film. Director and writer Javier Attridge did an excellent job creating the film. Actress Paula Figueroa did an excellent job throughout the film. I can’t wait to add the film to my DVD collection.
Wekufe: The Origin of Evil is currently playing the film festival circuit. You can stay up to date by following Wekufe on Facebook.
In the meantime, check out the trailer below: