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Skinwalkers

MPAA Rating: R for violent content throughout and language
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Primary Audience:
Adults
Genre:
Thriller, Action, Horror
Length:
1 hr. 50 min.
Year of Release:
2007
USA Release:
August 10, 2007 (limited)
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Featuring: Scott Anderson, Jason Behr, Lyriq Bent, Sarah Carter, Kim Coates, Barbara Gordon, Tom Jackson, Rogue Johnston, Matthew Knight, Elias Koteas, Natassia Malthe, Carl Marotte, Rhona Mitra, Ramona Pringle, Shawn Roberts, David Sparrow
Director: James Isaac
Producer: Robert Kulzer, Brian J. Gilbert, Don Carmody
Distributor: Lions Gate Films

“They live among us. They hunt us.”

Here’s what the distributor says about their film: “Creatures, bound by the blood of the wolf, that can kill with curses and move at lightening speed, watching the night sky for the rise of the blood-red crescent moon. They are Skinwalkers. They feed on our flesh and thirst for the taste of human blood. The red moon signals each pack, divided by principles, hell bent to survive an ancient prophecy. On his 13th birthday, Timothy, a half-blood, is about to reach the time of his transformation. He’s been guarded since birth by those around him. They know the power he holds. He alone has the power to control the destiny of his family, and their kind, a gift that has placed his very life in danger. On the third night, at the rise of the red moon, a war will rage for control of their kind. There are two warring factions: one would like the curse to end, the other embraces bloodlust, and revels in the immortal freedom of the beast within. They will do anything to preserve their way of life. To survive, it means finding the boy. The one with the power to control their very survival. ‘I am not human,’ says Varek. ‘I am better than that!’ Under the full red moon, the violent feud pits brother against brother, lover against lover, and good against evil.”

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Movie Critics
…Yawningly directed by Jim Isaac, ‘Skinwalkers’ is a slavering mess that buries its clunky addiction metaphor beneath a welter of genre clichés, all delivered in extra-slow motion. …
—Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times
…A werewolf movie without much bite… Director James Isaacs (of the much superior ‘Jason X’), stages the gunplay with pretensions to John Woo’s bombastic, balletic style, but when the pistol-packing characters include Timothy’s white-haired granny, the film veers uncontrollably into ‘Hot Fuzz’ territory.
—Colin Covert, Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune
…Whatever the movie’s faults, it’s got nothing to do with its lack of gore and only to do with its poorly thought-out climax and the bad guys' paper-thin personalities. …
—Frank Lovece, Film Journal International
…A surprisingly tepid thriller about internecine clashes between lycanthrope clans, ‘Skinwalkers’ plays more like '70s drive-in fare than a monster mash of recent vintage. …
—Joe Leydon, Variety
…nuts to everyone else involved in this snuffly, histrionic werewolves-at-war-with-one-another yawner…
—Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle