Tuesday, May 17, 2016

I Watched Rhona Mitra Fighting Werewolves in Skinwalkers, So You Don’t Have To

Skinwalkers is a 2006 Canadian werewolf movie featuring English actress Rhona Mitra from Nip/Tuck, The Last Ship and the underrated Doomsday (2008).  She plays Rachel, the human mother of a half-werewolf 13-year-old boy destined to end the curse of all werewolves because he’s, you know, The Chosen One.  Rachel is a hardworking single mom but alas she is no Sarah Conner, with literally no clue as to what’s going on or that werewolves actually exist.  Fortunately for her she lives in a town full of good werewolves who have been secretly protecting her and her son for the past 13 years.  (The good werewolves strap themselves into elaborate straitjacket gimp suits to ride out the full moon without harming anyone).
A rival werewolf clan rolls into town on their motorcycles and a surprisingly bloodless gunfight ensues, thanks to the PG-13 rating.  The creature effects are by Stan Winston, who designed the original T-800 endoskeleton from The Terminator (1984), the Jurassic Park T-Rex (1993) and Edward Scissorhands (1990).  There are shaky and cheap (but actually expensive for the time) CGI transformations, but the final forms are the classic Universal Wolfman werewolves.
Skinwalkers had great potential and excellent casting that was hamstrung yet again by a PG-13 and chasing the almighty teen dollar.  Rhona Mitra, one of my favorite actors, is wasted in this role; she is simply not given enough to do and doesn’t even get to be a werewolf.  I get the feeling the filmmakers were trying to do for werewolves what Near Dark did for vampires, but without the darkness and the blood, two items that are essential for any decent horror movie.  The movie currently holding a 14% on Rotten Tomatoes

Also starring Canadian Acting legend Elias Koteas, Sons of Anarchy’s Kim Coates and Native American actor Tom Jackson, who you have seen in everything from Star Trek The Next Generation to Relic Hunter.


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