Wendigo have a very thin and skin on bone appearance. This eerie mythical creature also has a disfigured face with sunken eyes and sharp distorted teeth.
Sometimes it is said to have a heart of pure ice. Because it is visible through its chest, the heart can been seen busily pumping freezing blood through its veins. Stopping this creature of death was done by shattering its icicle heart with a silver stake.
Legends tell of this unnatural being lurking about in the snowy forests of North America. Following and stalking its victims patiently and silently, waiting to feast on some fresh human flesh.
What makes these monstrosities even creepier is the fact that they are said to be formerly human! How?
Well, in the freezing wintery regions of North America, settlers or natives would sometimes find themselves lost without food. What did some of them do when starving? The unthinkable! Survivors who had resorted to cannibalism were prime candidates to succumb to this evil transformation.
For individuals that had dined on their own kind, this is when an evil spirit would enter their bodies. This spirit would kill them then bring them back to life with a nasty craving for human flesh.
Wendigo would roam about in the snowy forests looking for victims. Wandering about while carrying a powerful stench of death with them.
Some of the strongest are said to have the power to summon wild beasts to help them during attacks.
Conveniently – it is also said that they have the ability to control the weather and cause snow storms and even powerful blizzards.
Wendigo - In The Movies
Ravenous – This 1999 horror film stars Guy Pierce, Robert Carlyle and Jeffrey Jones. Set in Fort Spencer located in the Sierra Nevada mountain range, this story revolves around the myth of the mythical creature – the Wendigo.
In this story, the individuals that feast upon human flesh uncover the strength and power that comes from it. They become physically stronger, all of their senses are amplified and they even gain recuperative powers. A power that makes it very difficult to stop, defeat or destroy them.
Film is rated 18A due to subject matter, blood and violence.
Wendigo - TV Series
Grimm – Starring David Giuntoli, Bitsie Tolloch and Sasha Roiz. In Season 2, Episode 11 “To Protect and Serve Man” homicide detective Nick Burkhardt is asked to review a past case that may involve the creatures known as Wendigos.
In this adaptation, these monsters are said to have formerly been savage cave dwellers that ate human flesh and stored the remains of their victims in open pits.
During modern times, these cannibals have adapted, they work and live among the general population – often going about unnoticed. They are also said to bury the remains of their victim in pits which are now concealed in the basement and crawl spaces of their homes.
Foot & veggie stew anyone?