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When did Found Footage horror movies start getting fancy production values? Because it sure looks like director Devin McGinn’s “Skinwalker Ranch” is a snazzy pretty little number with some very decent visuals up its sleeve. Heck, it’s even got a star in Jon Gries, who you may recall as the “tall, skinny, and twitchy guy” in a variety of TV shows over the years. That’s a first, too.
I’m not the biggest fan of Found Footage, but when they’re this slick looking, I can probably make an exception. “Skinwalker Ranch” is supposedly “based on a true story”, which is to say, a bunch of kooks claim this has happened to them. Too bad they didn’t have all the fancy recording whatchamacallits of the characters in the movie.
In 2010 “Skinwalker Ranch” gained media attention after experiencing a wide range of unexplained phenomena. Reports ranged from UFO sightings to livestock mutilation, but maybe most notable was the disappearance of ranch owner Hoyt Miller’s eight-year-old son Cody on November 11, 2010. Close to a year later, Modern Defense Enterprises has sent a team of experts to document and investigate the mysterious occurrences, which only escalate upon their arrival. Tensions rise as the team must decide how far they will go to unlock the mysteries of “Skinwalker Ranch.” The group debates whether the answers are worth risking their lives for, or if they should just call off the investigation and leave the ranch—that is, if leaving is actually an option…
Starring Jon Gries, Kyle Davis, Erin Cahill, Devin McGinn, Matthew Rocheleau, and Steve Berg.
In theaters and VOD this October 30th.