Genre: Science Fiction, Horror, Found Footage.
Starring: Taylor Bateman, Steve Berg, Michael Black, Erin Cahill, Carol Cal, Kyle Davis, Mike Flynn, Jon Gries, Michael Horse.
Year Of Release: 2013
Certificate: 15 (UK)
Runtime: 86 Minutes
Director: Devin McGinn & Steve Berg
Synopsis: “A scientific research team investigates and documents the supernatural phenomena surrounding the disappearance of a cattle ranchers 10 year old son. Inspired by true events that shocked the paranormal community around the world.” IMDB
We’ve seen it countless times before a film based on “true events” however, this film does take place on a widely reported paranormal and UFO hot spot whether you believe in that stuff or not, doesn’t change that reports state stuff happened there and this is where the film takes place. Same can be said about “The Amittyville Horror” all be it real events, vastly twisted for cinematic reasons, “Skinwalker Ranch” does the same.
The first starts off with eight year old Cody disappearing in a flash of light outside his home on a ranch in Utah in November 2010. Less than a year later a paranormal investigation team called MDE (Modern Defense Enterprises) turns up at the ranch in order to look into unusual activity involved in the disappearance of the young boy. The boys father Hoyt (Jon Gries) allows the team to take over his property and fit it with their surveillance equipment in order to catch something paranormal.
The equipment detects everything including lights from space, cattle being mutilated, shadows and even unaccountable vehicles, over the following weeks the events in paranormal activity increases in ways you couldn’t have guessed. Leaving the MDE to to decide whether finding out this truth is really worth risking their own lives?
There is a great vibe you get when watching the film, that they are actually taking themselves serious, like they really want you to believe it in order to enjoy the film even more and myself I enjoyed that. That being said, the realism they are going for kind of takes away from the Found Footage aspect they were going for the nicely edited and well filmed scenes make it feel like an everyday followed opposed to thee known Found Footage genre.
Overall the film was thoroughly enjoyable watch for people who are fans of the genre, some nice CGI, a few scares and added story elements that bring the characters closer to you. The film is nothing more than a film to watch on Halloween or when you want a couple of scares, do not go into it expecting something on par with “The Exorcist”, I believe it was Roger Ebert who said “If you’re looking for a neat little Halloween movie, you could do worse.” and I completely agree with him, it’s just a fun Halloween flick not to be taken seriously.