Skinwalkers (PG-13)

Action/Adventure 110 August 10, 2007
By Chuck Wilson
The only thing more boring than a vampire with moral issues about biting people in the neck is a werewolf who'd rather become fully human than howl at the moon once a month. The small clan of Minnesota "skinwalkers" who dominate this witless horror flick believe that hope for ending their "curse" lies in a little boy (Matthew Knight) whose momma (Rhona Mitra) is human but whose dearly deceased daddy was a kingpin werewolf. When he turns 13, the boy's blood will boil or something, and all the werewolves of the world will lose their fur for good. A bad wolf (Jason Behr) with no desire for a day job and a mortgage wants to kill the kid, which leads to an endless series of shootouts in which hardly anyone gets hit -- werewolves, it seems, are bad shots. Director Jim Isaac (Jason X) lavishes more attention on those gunfights than on the few halfhearted and confusingly edited man-into-beast transformation scenes -- this despite the fact that this film comes from the production company of makeup master Stan Winston, who'd have been better off financing a remake of The Howling.
James Isaac Jason Behr, Elias Koteas, Rhona Mitra, Natassia Malthe, Sarah Carter, Kim Coates, Tom Jackson, Wendy Crewson, Matthew Knight, Barbara Gordon James DeMonaco, Todd Harthan, James Roday Don Carmody Lionsgate Films/After Dark Films

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