I think I speak for most horror fans when I suggest the found footage sub-genre is rapidly approaching its sell-by date.

In fact, that date may have already long since passed, if dross like Skinwalkers is anything to go by.

Tedious, confusing, and with that annoying trait of asking lots of questions but failing to answer any of them, this alien abduction/horror hybrid fails to make the grade.

The set-up is a relatively interesting one, with a bunch of paranormal investigators heading out to the middle of nowhere to visit a father who claims his young son vanished after being swept away by aliens.

These investigators, who also include a former military tech guy and a journalist along with the ride, come armed with a wealth of technology including cameras a-plenty (hello found footage).

The father (John Gries, who does emerge with credit for a solid performance) insists the ‘visitors’ are still watching, so the crew decide to simply record everything that happens there for a few days.

So what we get is an uneasy mix of Paranormal Activity-esque surveillance footage, some hand-held Blair Witch Project type stuff and even some scenes shot in a documentary style.

What we also get is a giant wolf, an alien figure that looks as though it has been in mothballs since Mel Gibson’s Signs and plenty of illuminations and flashing lights.

It is all incredibly humdrum, with little to quicken the pulse.

Naturally Skinwalkers was dished up with a small budget, meaning a lot of the carnage happens just off camera, reducing even more of the film’s impact.

And, for a film that purports to having an air of mystery, it seems somewhat bizarre that the makers decide to eliminate a lot of that with the very first scene.

Directed by (and starring) Devin McGinn, the film meanders along and then comes to an abrupt halt without offering any sort of resolution or revelation, which is likely to leave you frustrated more than anything else.

Other than Gries, the performances leave a lot to be desired, with the likes of Steve Berg, Erin Cahill and Kyle Davis turning in flat displays.

In fact, there is little to recommend here – Skinwalkers is not a bad film as such, it is just that there is so little in it that will stay with you after the credits roll.

VERDICT: [rating=2]

About The Author

Simon Fitzjohn

Simon is a journalism tutor in London, who also just happens to be a movie fanatic, with a craving for the darker side of cinema. He has written two books, one on the horror films of director Bob Clark (2014) and the other on the history of the character Norman Bates (2015). His third book, on the work of British exploitation director Pete Walker, is due in 2017.