Skinwalkers!

Posted by drew On August - 16 - 20102,393 views

I’m going to describe this flick to you and it’s going to sound like a ball. This movie has motorcycles, a pistol packing old lady, studly dudes, nearly nude babes, and of course werewolves. Werewolves, whom I might add, were designed by Stan Winston studios. So why isn’t it more fun? I mean, I had to fight off falling asleep in quite a few places, and I eat, sleep, and breathe this stuff.

Skinwalkers wouldn’t have had to do much, to end up in the “so-bad it’s good” section of the horror genre. The problem is director James Isaac(who brought us a lively guilty pleasure in Jason X) doesn’t want to deliver on the adolescent charm the concept is so ripe with. He stages the whole thing like a bad family drama, refusing to place his tongue into his cheek.

Let’s face it, this is a movie about werewolf bikers trying to off a pre-teen. It not Casablanca. Hell it’s not even the Toxic Avenger. Even if Troma had made this movie, it probably wouldn’t have been entertaining.

Even the mythology of the movie is boring. Some nonsense about a red moon, 13th birthdays, good werewolves, bad werewolves,etc. There’s only one scene in the whole movie where all this lore creates some tension. The rest of the time, it’s oft repeated by actors who clearly aren’t committing to the reality of it anyway. It’s all much ado about nothing.

The one positive is this dull flick are the creature designs. The werewolves here are throw backs to a more old school sensibility, and I have to say it’s a breath of fresh air. The upright wolves that are norm these days, were nice when they were first introduced in the Howling. The universal acceptance of that design however, has reduced it’s ability to shock audiences. The more human appearance of these creatures adds a nice grittiness in a movie that is otherwise low on visual punch.

Despite this I’d have to say Skinwalkers really isn’t worth your time, unless you’re really jonesing for a werewolf movie. If so, I suggest washing it down with American Werewolf in London, just to get the crappy after taste out of your cinematic palate.

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