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Despite that, there was still plenty of potential for a cool werewolf action movie... until "Skinwalkers" actually came out. Instead, we get a sketchy, paper-thin plot about bikers who happen to be werewolves, and who (of course) have to kill the foretold Chosen One.
Said Chosen One is a boy who will turn thirteen, around the time that a red moon rises -- apparently this will decurse all lycanthropes, for no reason except that it's prophecied. But Varek (Jason Behr) and his vicious biker gang don't WANT to give up the perks of being werewolves, so they're prowling around to find the child and kill him before his big birthday rolls around.
Tim (Matthew Knight) is unaware of the danger he's in. Fortunately, relatives and friends surrounding him know exactly what he is, and hope to be cured of their affliction. But to keep Tim safe, they will have to battle Varek and his big bad gang, despite vowing never to commit any acts of werewolfen violence.
Yeah, it's pretty much the script for any derivative fantasy story -- there's a lazily-explained prophecy about the Big Savior (nobody ever explains where these prophecies come from), evil people who want to kill him, and good people who are keeping him safe. You'll find all this in "Skinwalkers," and not a lot more.
Instead, we get a lot of werewolves acting crazy and very, very evil. Gore. Bad editing during a rape scene. More gore. Shots of the moon. Shooting, lots of long tangled hair, motorcycles, and sexy women wearing leather.Read more ›
Rather than being an immensely powerful new breed of werewolf, the blood of the child is supposed to hold a cure for the werewolf condition. Hence, he's seen as a blessing by the skinwalkers who fight their condition and a menace by those who relish their lycanthropy. In the world of "Skinwalkers", the lycanthropic condition is highly feral, driven by a ferocious bloodlust and, usually, by radical changes in temperament, especially when the werewolf has consumed fresh blood. In this way it's very different from tales like the "Underworld" movies (which are also great, just in a different way) and most other recent werewolf films, where the creature often retains high intelligence and, while primal, a degree of control over itself. Actually, the 'modern' take is more true to real wolves, while the 'traditional' werewolf is a near-mindless, snarling, frothing, kill-'em-for-the-sake-of-killing, monster. And this is the breed in Skinwalkers, although many of those afflicted with the curse struggle against their other selves, and with the help of non-affected human allies, have found ways to contain the killing fury, including being strapped into specially constructed immobile harnesses before night falls during the full moon.Read more ›
I wanted to like "Skinwalkers", in the same vein that I like a lot of low-budget productions, but I just can't. It's not so much that there's anything wrong with it, so much as it's just so shallow and watered-down that it's hard to stay focused on the movie long enough to make it to the end.
The acting is fine, really - in fact, much better than I usually expect from a hastily thrown together B-movie. And it's nice to see the actress from Beowulf, who seems to specialize in iron-willed women who take horror movie events nicely in stride - something that most movies won't allow their heroines to do. And while the special effects are few and far between, and monstrously cheap when they do show up, I can accept that because god knows movies are expensive enough without having to try to make 'werewolves' look more like wolves and less like vampires with some extra body hair tagged on.
No, what really sinks "Skinwalkers" is not the B-movie acting, or the low special effects budget, or the cookie-cutter 'chosen one' plot. What sinks it is how incredibly slow and shallow it feels as the actors slog to the finish line. There are a few good moments here, such as the shoot-out in the town'o'werewolves (although the whole thing is somewhat marred by the fact that, though the townspeople prepared enough in advance to plant guns under every bench and doorstep, they apparently then failed to *practice* shooting them or even learn how to AIM), but for the most part the entire movie is based around a bunch of people standing around and talking incessantly about irrelevant topics.Read more ›
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This is the version you want to get! The US dvd is cut! This UK dvd of Skinwalkers has tons of extra scenes and is a bit nastier. A great fun werewolf flick! Highly recommend. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Witchie
This movie as far as werewolves go...its cool. But older werewolf movies have beaten anything new. This movie is a entertainment ride on a rainy night. American werewolf in London. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
A great werewolf movie I had seen years ago and I still enjoy it,Published 7 months ago by Diane Bortle
Take really mean, disgusting werewolves and some very nice one they're trying to destroy, then mix in 'skin walker folklore'. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Douglas Clawson
Bad werewolves vs good werewolves, a very special boy that the bad werewolves want to kill AND a blood moon (blood moons have Biblical significance) . Read morePublished 9 months ago by Potluck Queen
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