Shadow of the Hawk

Shadow of the Hawk

DVD - 2011
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Mike is the grandson of Native American shaman Old Man Hawk, who is called to his village to help defeat evil forces threatening the tribe. After years of living apart from his roots, Mike returns to the village along with Maureen, a freelance reporter who was enlisted by Old Man Hawk to track his grandson. They find the village is beset by the evil spirit of an ancient sorceress, Dsonoqua. Only Mike can stand in the way of the evil and protect his people, but can he harness the power in time?
Publisher: [United States] : Columbia Pictures, ©2011.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (92 min.) :,sound, color ;,12 cm


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Jun 24, 2014

I saw this Haida-Gwai rooted 70's horror flic on television as a kid and it really scared me. I never heard or could find mention of it again - until last week, when the VPL acquired it. Totally thrilled, I booked the sucker and took it home with anticipation. I now realize how youthful innocence, combined with a film diet starved by lack of rural cable in the pre-VCR/satellite era, coloured that enjoyment. Though I was stoked to (as-always) enjoy the appearance of the iconic First-Nations actor ~ Chief Dan-George, it soon became apparent (by all the sudden nods into far-more-entertaining REM's performed by myself and my fellow viewer), that the film was all cheaply-executed concept, and zero storyline &/or real substance. I realize now that - aside from an undeveloped/immature critical awareness (at age nine), that the main reason I was originally intrigued by this film WAS the concept. I had always been intrigued by First-Nations history and mythology (though myself a pale little Canadian of Euro ancestry) and had previously bought and devoured an awesome collection of traditional Aboriginal-Canadian horror stories from Scholastic Books. With that oft-re-read stack of tales as a primer, this film seemed to offer what I craved. Even now, though sadly underwhelmed by the reconsideration; I think this is conceptual territory that has sadly been overlooked in a filmic sense. One doesn't need to stick to re-hashing old tales, the t.v. series Xena made use of European mythical characters, while refreshing the tale-telling potentials. Similarily, the novel series, ''Sandman Slim'', utilizes the Christian cosmology in a clever and entertaining horror/satire/fantasy direction that should entertain folks of ANY faith or lack thereof. A film or series that would utilize First-Nations story &/or character elements in the manner of these examples should find audiences far outside of the realm of the local/aboriginal. A genre of overlooked potential.

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