Now available On Demand and DVD today (July 13, 2021) is the cowboy themed horror film, Skinwalker.
Skinwalker stars Eva Hamilton, Cameron Kotecki, Amelia Haberman, Dan Higgins, Daniel Link, Charlie E Motley, Edward Rodriguez, Nathaniel Burns, Liz Manning, Victorio Pope, Jeff Yazzie, and Becky Jo Harris. The film is released by Uncork’d Entertainment.
I’m a big fan of the horror movie genre. I have seen dozens (if not more) horror movies in my life time from maniacal serial killers to homicidal clowns from another planet, and just about everything in between. This is the first time I’ve ever reviewed a horror movie with a western/cowboy twist.
The film starts off with two men (Benny and Hugo), who seem like they hardly know each other, are walking through the forest (where they were coming from, and where they were going to is unknown), when they happen across a Native American burial site. The deceased is buried on a platform, wrapped similar to a mummy. Hugo wants to keep walking and avoid the site all together, but Benny has other things in mind. He snatches a necklace off of the deceased body because he thinks it’s valuable and he can get money for it.
That night, Hugo dies from a mysterious ailment, freaking Benny out. Benny takes off.
Meanwhile, elsewhere in the area, a sheriff and his deputy acquire the wife of a wanted outlaw. They take her to a nearby town to collect the reward for her capture, but find out that a terrible plague has spread across the area, so the sheriff is forced to take his captive to another town over the mountains.
By this time the outlaw’s husband realizes she’s been taken, and him and his posse head off to find her before she’s turned over to the authorities.
The reason why I am telling you about the various groups is because even though the groups are different, their lives intercept in the film.
It turns out that the necklace that was stolen off the deceased Native American is cursed of sorts. Anyone that crosses paths with it will experience a horrible death and be turned into a zombie-like person.
A skinwalker is an evil spirit that has the ability to possess others or disguise it’s self. In this film, the evil spirit takes over various people, and let’s just say that it’s not a happy ending for all.
How many lives will be lost before the skinwalker spirit can be destroyed, if at all? Or does the spirit still roam the countryside? To find out, purchase or rent Skinwalker. Look for it where ever you purchase or rent movies.
I thought the setting for this film was unique. As I mentioned earlier, I have never seen a horror movie that was set in the old west before (I believe it was the late 1800’s). Kudos to the film maker for coming up with that novel idea.
I was a bit “on the fence” about the portrayal of the Native Americans in this film. In today’s world, they Native Americans in the film might be seen as a derogatory. However, if you think back to the late 1800’s, which this film was set in, I guess it’s acceptable. Back then, in some Native American cultures, the dead were buried on platforms and not in the ground. Some were even buried in trees.
I personally wouldn’t consider this film a true horror movie, at least as far as diehard fans of the genre are concerned. Maybe for those who are easily scared by things perhaps, but for horror movie “pros,” this film is nothing to shudder at. Dare I say that I sometimes found the horror scenes a bit laughable. But hey, that’s OK. The film is meant to be entertaining. It’s not out to win the Academy Award. I’m certainly OK with an entertaining movie, regardless of the genre or subject matter.
The acting was OK and some of the lines and scenes were a bit “cheesy.” Even if they weren’t meant to be funny, my husband and I laughed.
The film does drag a bit at times. It can be a bit slow, but once the action is in full force, it moves along fairly quickly.
Skinwalker won’t win prestigious awards, but it is amusing. If you are easily scared by certain situations or the sight of blood, then you might find this movie a bit scary.
Below is the film’s trailer for your enjoyment.
*I received a free screener in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.